DeMarcus Cousins put up 19 points and added 12 rebounds, his 40th double-double of the season, to lead the Sacramento Kings to a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, 115-98. Sacramento (23-42) entered the game on a three losing streak.
Cousins went 7-16 and converted 5-7 from the free throw line. Other key performers for Sacramento were Rudy Gay with 27 points and 7 rebounds, Isaiah Thomas with 20 points and 6 assists, and Jason Thompson with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Despite the loss, Henry Sims scored 20 points for Philadelphia on 5-12 shooting from the field and 10-11 from the free throw line. Thaddeus Young chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds and Michael Carter-Williams finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds.
The 76ers had an eFG% of just 44.0% paired with a poor TO% of 18.8. They are winless (0-5) this season when turning the ball over on more than 17% of their possessions while also failing to eclipse 45% in eFG%. From a defensive perspective, the Kings are 1-0 when forcing such performances from their opponents.
Philadelphia (15-49) has now lost 18 consecutive games.
Coming up next, the Kings square off against the Chicago Bulls, who are 35-29 on the year. The 76ers match up with the Indiana Pacers, currently 47-17 this season. The Kings have a 1-0 record against Chicago this season. The 76ers have a 0-1 record against Indiana this season.