The last time they played at home, they took down the defending champion Miami Heat. In their last game, they beat the star-studded Houston Rockets on the road.
So of course, the Sacramento Kings lost to the lowly Philadelphia 76ers at Sleep Train Arena Thursday night, 113-104, despite another strong night from center DeMarcus Cousins.
Such is the inconsistent life and times of the Kings.
Cousins scored 33 points to go with 14 rebounds, but the 76ers forced 23 turnovers with their fast-paced style of play and led by as much as 18 points in the third period. Sacramento (10-21) got as close as five three different times in the fourth quarter, but Philadelphia (11-21) was able to fend the Kings off.
Thaddeus Young had 28 points and a career-high six steals for the 76ers, Evan Turner added 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and Tony Wroten came off the bench for 21 points. Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen scored 10 points each before fouling out against Cousins, while Michael Carter-Williams and Daniel Orton each blocked three shots and Hollis Thompson swatted two.
Isaiah Thomas pitched in 23 points and had seven assists for the Kings, Rudy Gay scored 18 points, Jimmer Fredette had a season-high 15 and Derrick Williams scored 11.
Philadelphia was 42-for-90 (46.7 percent) overall, 5-for-19 (26.3 percent) from 3-point range and 24-for-31 (77.4 percent) from the foul line.
Sacramento was 35-for-83 (42.2 percent), 7-for-23 (30.4 percent) and 27-for-37 (73 percent).
Sacramento outrebounded the 76ers 51-37, but had 23 turnovers to just 12 for Philadelphia. The Kings had a 19-17 edge in fast-break points, but Philadelphia outscored Sacramento in the paint 58-46 and 19-17 on second-chance opportunities.
The Kings will be at home again on Saturday to take on the Charlotte Bobcats. Tipoff is 7 p.m. Pacific.
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