It had been 62 days since the Sixers last enjoyed a winning streak. That changed Friday night when they defeated the Sacramento Kings, 89-80, to pick up their 20th win of the season.
After building a 19-point lead early in the game, the Sixers were forced to hold off the Kings in the second half to move to 3-1 on this eight-game homestand.
The Kings took their first lead of the game early in the fourth quarter, 73-72, after Isaiah Thomas converted three free throws. Nick Young fouled Thomas on a three-point attempt to provide the trio of freebies.
The Sixers outscored the Kings 17-2 over the next 8:47 with Sacramento’s only two points coming at the foul line.
The Kings made just three total field goals in the fourth quarter.
Follow the leader
Thaddeus Young tallied his 12th double-double of the season with 23 points and 15 rebounds. The 15 boards matched a career high.
Jrue Holiday scored 21 points and handed out seven assists. However, Holiday also committed eight turnovers.
Chester, Pa. native Tyreke Evans led the Kings with a season-high 29 points. Evans came into the game averaging 14.9 points. He was 11 of 16 from the floor.
DeMarcus Cousins had 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Thomas scored 19 points and dished out five assists.
The Sixers are 19th in the NBA with 12.6 fastbreak points per game. The Nuggets are the best, averaging 19 points on the break a night.
Against the Kings, the Sixers had 19 fastbreak points at halftime.
The Kings turned the tables on the Sixers in the third quarter with eight points on the break of their own. Sacramento finished with 15 points in that category during the second half to win the fastbreak battle, 21-19.
Take a bow
Nick Young scored 20 points and shot a perfect 7 of 7 at the foul line. Since his DNP-CD in the Sixers’ win over Houston, Young has averaged 16 points over an eight-game stretch.
The Orlando Magic will be in town Monday and their roster has two former Sixers on it in Nik Vucevic and rookie Maurice Harkless. Both players were moved in the four-team trade that sent Andrew Bynum to the Sixers last summer.
Vucevic played his rookie season in Philadelphia, averaging 5.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 16 minutes a game. He saw time in 51 games with 15 starts.
Vucevic is now the Magic’s starting center. His minutes have doubled this season. He is now averaging 11.9 points and 11.2 rebounds and was recently named as a participant in this year’s Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star weekend in Houston.
Harkless was selected 15th overall last spring by the Sixers. He is averaging 4.2 points and 17 minutes a game. On Monday, Harkless scored a career-high 16 points in a loss against Brooklyn.