March 25, 2015
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — DeMarcus Cousins had 33 points and 17 rebounds and the Sacramento Kings dealt the Philadelphia 76ers their 16th straight road loss, 107-106 on Tuesday night.
The Kings limited Philadelphia to no field goals and three points in the final 6:12 of the game to register their first-three-game winning streak since late November.
Rudy Gay had 21 points and eight rebounds and Ray McCallum added 11 points for the Kings, who have a 7-11 record since George Karl began coaching the team in mid-February.
Robert Covington had five 3-pointers and scored 21 for the 76ers. Ex-King Thomas Robinson had a career-high 16 points, Nerlens Noel had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and both Isaiah Cnaan and Ish Smith had 13 points.
The Kings had dropped six straight home games against the 76ers. Their last victory was Dec. 27, 2006.
Philadelphia, which has the NBA's third worst record, hasn't won a road game since beating Brooklyn on Jan. 9.
On its final possession, Cousins stepped in front of a driving Hollis Thompson and poked the ball free and it landed in the hands of McCallum in the closing seconds.
McCallum rebounded a missed shot underneath the basket and gave the Kings a 107-105 lead with 46.7 seconds remaining.
Trailing by seven points, Covington hit two 3-pointers and had a three-point play in a 38-second span, putting the 76ers ahead 100-98 with 6:44 left. Another 3 a short time later gave Philadelphia a 103-100 lead.
Gay had nine points and McCallum had seven in the third quarter. The Kings erased a 10-point deficit, scoring 13 straight during one stretch in outscoring the 76ers 24-14 in the period to take an 87-84 lead into the fourth.
There was little defense being played in the opening half by either team. Despite Cousins' 21 points and 10 rebounds, the Kings still trailed 70-63.
76ers: Thomas Robinson was selected fifth overall by the Kings in the 2012 draft and is now with his fifth team. Since signing with the 76ers, Robinson has averaged nearly 9.3 points in 14 games. ... The 76ers gave guard Jason Richardson, a 13-year veteran, a night to rest.
Kings: Prior to the game, forward David Wear was signed to a 10-day contract. Wear played this season with the Reno Bighorns, the Kings' NBA Development League affiliate. . The Kings begin a four-game tough road trip Wednesday, facing Phoenix, New Orleans, Memphis and Houston.
76ers: At Denver on Wednesday.
Kings: At Phoenix on Wednesday.