Mar 12, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Isaiah Thomas (22) shoots during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Rudy Gay Scores 27 As Sacramento Kings Send 76ers To 18th Straight Loss


Rudy Gay scored 27 points—going 16-for-19 from the foul line, both career highs—as the Sacramento Kings snapped a three-game losing streak Wednesday night, sending the Philadelphia 76ers to their 18th straight defeat with a 114-98 win at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Kings (23-42) improved to 2-3 on their season-long seven-game road trip by getting to the foul line 50 times, one off their season-high. Sacramento attempted 51 free throws in a win over Toronto on Feb. 5 and had 50 in a win over the Trail Blazers on Jan. 7.

After taking a 58-54 halftime lead, the Kings pulled away from the 76ers (15-49) in the third quarter. Sacramento outscored the 76ers in the period 32-22 and held Philadelphia to just 25 percent shooting (6-for-24) to take control. DeMarcus Cousins scored 12 of his 19 points in the quarter.

Isaiah Thomas added 20 points, six assists and four steals for the Kings, Cousins had 19 points and 12 rebounds, rookie Ben McLemore scored 15 points and Jason Thompson came off the bench for 14 points.

Henry Sims led the 76ers with career highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds and also had three steals and three assists. James Anderson added 17 points and three assists, Thaddeus Young notched 16 points and three dimes, Michael Carter-Williams scored 13 points and Tony Wroten tossed in 10.

Sacramento was 34-for-74 (45.9 percent) overall, 7-for-18 (38.9 percent) from long range and 40-for-50 (80 percent) at the foul line. Philadelphia was 33-for-84 (39.3 percent), 8-for-23 (34.8 percent) and 24-for-28 (85.7 percent).

The Kings enjoyed a 48-38 advantage on the boards and outscored the 76ers in the paint 46-40 and on the break 19-10. Sacramento also picked up 21 points off 20 Philadelphia turnovers while surrendering 19 points on 21 giveaways.

The Kings two wins on the trip have come against the two teams with the worst records in the NBA, Milwaukee and Philadelphia. The trip continues on Saturday when they visit the Chicago Bulls at 5 p.m. Pacific.

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