Kings dominate fourth, sweep season series vs 76ers
Kings own 76ers
From listless to spirited in the blink of an eye. The Sacramento Kings were dead in the water Tuesday against the Philadelphia 76ers and then they weren’t. Without the services of both of their starting guards, Sacramento found a way to battle through on the road for a 101-95 victory.
Despite being completely dominated on the glass, Sacramento out shot and out hustled the young 76ers. With the win, the Kings improved to 10-20 on the season and 1-2 on the current road trip.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
The Little Engine That Could. With De’Aaron Fox and George Hill out, Frank Mason III went to work on Philly. The second rounder out of Kansas dropped a career-best 16 points on the Sixers while hitting 7-for-9 from the field. Without Mason, this game was over in the third quarter.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Zach Randolph continues to put up huge numbers for Sacramento. The 36-year-old big took Sunday off and looked refresh against the Sixers. He shot 12-for-19 form the field to finish with 27 points and five rebounds in the win.
STANDOUT PERFORMER III
Buddy Hield can score. With the game hanging in the balance, Hield caught fire, scoring 24 points off the Kings bench. Hield shot 9-of-19 from the field and added three steals in the win.
After trailing by as many as 16 in the third quarter, the Kings dropped a 13-0 run on the Sixers to start the fourth quarter and take back the lead. Sacramento hit shots when they needed to and picked up enough stops in the fourth quarter to find a way to pick up a much needed win on the road.
De’Aaron Fox returned to action, but he only made it to the half before leaving with the same bruised quadricep injury that cost him a game on Sunday. His starting backcourt mate, George Hill, sat due to illness. Harry Giles is out until January at the earliest due to bilateral knee rehab.
Following the game in Philly, the Kings fly to New York where they’ll face the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday evening on the second night of a back-to-back. The Kings come home following the game to take on the San Antonio Spurs Saturday at Golden 1 Center.