The Philadelphia 76ers did not make a lot of big moves during the off-season. They certainly were not looked at by most NBA observers as a squad that would be among the elite teams in the Association this year. They are not a flashy team and have maintained a low profile so far in this campaign as they have pretty much flown under the radar. However that could change in the foreseeable future as the Sixers won their sixth straight game Tuesday night, as they chewed up and spit out the Sacramento Kings by a final score of 112-85. Philadelphia shot a scorching 56.6% (47-83) from the floor, led by big man Elton Brand who racked up a double-double with a game high 21 points.
DeMarcus Cousins was the high scorer for Sacramento, as he also recorded a double-double including 17 points; but he had far too little support from the rest of his club for the Kings to have had any chance at victory. It was the second straight loss for the team who are not having much more success under interim head coach Keith Smart than they did under his predecessor Paul Westphal.
It was a competitive first period as the Kings held the upper hand and then the two opponents traded the lead back and forth. Philadelphia would get hot in the closing moments of the first and Lou Williams drove the lane putting the rock through the hole at the buzzer and the home team held the advantage at the conclusion of the quarter 26-22. The Sixers would pull further ahead in the second and would walk into the locker room on top by double digits after Brand connected on a shot nine feet from the hoop with 52 seconds to play. As the game reached the half the score was 52-42.
If Sacramento had any hopes of coming back in this game they would be eliminated early in the third. Sixers took over the proceedings and with 11 seconds on the clock Jodie Meeks drained a 28 foot trey making it an 84-60 affair. Philadelphia was never in danger of being threatened in the final 12 minutes as they won the game in a rout.
Brand knocked down 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 assists while Jrue Holiday scored 17 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Evan Turner also notched a double-double coming off the bench with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 1 steal while Lou Williams had 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Meeks added 14 points while Thaddeus Young chipped in 10 points for the night.
Cousins scored 17 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 assist in the Kings loss. Tyreke Evans put up 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals while Jason Thompson came off the pine with 13 points, 4 rebounds and an assist. Philadelphia improves to 7-2 and will head to New York to face the Knicks on Wednesday while Sacramento will try to improve their 3-7 record Wednesday in Toronto as they play the Raptors.