Sixers beat Kings 113-104 for 3rd straight victory

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 3, 2014 at 12:53 am •  Published: January 3, 2014
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — For nearly two months, the Philadelphia 76ers couldn't win a road game. Lately, they can't lose.

Thaddeus Young scored 28 points, Evan Turner had 24 and the 76ers defeated the Sacramento Kings 113-104 on Thursday night for their third straight victory.

The suddenly surging 76ers took the lead early in the second quarter and never trailed again in winning their third consecutive road game after losing the previous 13. Prior to the winning streak, Philadelphia's last road win was Nov. 1 against Washington.

"We were talking and we don't know when was the last time we've done that," Spencer Hawes said. "Coming out west, it's something that's very hard to do."

With the 76ers coming off an impressive victory Wednesday night in Denver, it might have seemed more likely the rested Kings would have more energy.

Yet it was the young 76ers displaying more effort, forcing the sloppy Kings into 23 turnovers that led to 27 Philadelphia points.

The 76ers had seven players in double figures against Denver and five one night later. In a foul-plagued game, the bench contributed 41 points.

"We are really making an effort on the defensive end," Young said. "And on offense we're sharing the ball better than we have at any stretch all season."

Young had a big game at both ends of the court. He made a career-high six steals, including five in the first half, to tie the arena record. He shot 9 of 16 and had seven rebounds, four assists and zero turnovers.

"Thaddeus is playing with a high level of confidence, supported by his skill set," 76ers coach Brett Brown said. "He's playing with both energy and explosiveness."

Turner also enjoyed a strong overall game. He hit 11 of 22 shots and added 10 rebounds and six assists. Reserve guard Tony Wroten scored 21 points for Philadelphia, which ends its six-game road trip Saturday in Portland. Lavoy Allen and Hawes added 10 points apiece.

DeMarcus Cousins scored 22 of his 33 points in the opening half for the Kings, who lost their sixth home game in a row to the 76ers.

"I thought we had no energy tonight. I don't know if it had anything to do with we were playing a team with a losing record," Kings coach Michael Malone said. "They knew that the 76ers had just beaten Denver and L.A. on the road. And shoot, we've got a losing record. So I don't think that was the case. It was the matter of us not being able to find a rhythm or consistent energy tonight."

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