76ers 117, Kings 103By Martin McNeal, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Sun, Mar 24, 2013 11:50 PM EDT
SACRAMENTO -- The Philadelphia 76ers put an end to their 15-game road losing streak Sunday night with a 117-103 victory over the Sacramento Kings before an announced crowd of 14,647 at Sleep Train Arena. Jrue Holiday paced six Sixers in double-figure scoring with 21 points and added 10 rebounds, seven assists and five steals in a performance emblematic of his All-Star status. Former Kings center Spencer Hawes had a solid game of 14 points and 10 rebounds despite consistent booing from Kings fans who were angered by statements Hawes made about the Kings being moved to Seattle. Swingman Dorell Wright scored a game-high 22 points off the bench and combined with center Lavoy Allen (20 points) to help coach Doug Collins' squad break their losing ways on the road. The Sixers scored just 22 points in the first quarter, but put together powerful offensive displays throughout the rest of the game. They used a 48-37 rebounding advantage to contain the Kings. Guard Isaiah Thomas led the Kings with 25 points, followed by reserve guard Marcus Thornton's 22 points and Tyreke Evans' 19. Center DeMarcus Cousins had eight points and nine rebounds as he was hampered by foul trouble. NOTES: Kings guard Isaiah Thomas went 1-for-1 from the line and has now made 100 of his past 104 free-throw attempts. Entering the game, he was ranked sixth in the NBA in free-throw shooting (.891 percent). ... The Sixers played the third of a four-game road trip. They finish the trip Monday night against the Utah Jazz. ... Kings fans booed Philadelphia center Spencer Hawes during pre-game introductions. Hawes, a former first-round draft choice of the Kings, was outspoken earlier this season in favor of the Kings being sold and moving to Seattle. Hawes was born and raised in Seattle and grew up a SuperSonics fan. Hawes also was booed moderately throughout the game. ... Said one member of the Philadelphia organization of all-star Jrue Holiday: "He's really improved this season and if we had more guys who could make open shots, he'd double his assists total." Holiday entered the game ranked 15th in the league in scoring at 18.6 points per game and fourth in assists at 8.7.
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