Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sixers stunned by lowly Kings

Philadelphia - The lowly Sacramento Kings outscored the Sixers 8-2 in the waning moments of overtime to take a 114-111 upset win over Philadelphia in front of 16,235 at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday afternoon.

To add insult to injury for Sixers fans, the unpopular Samuel Dalembert returned to score 13 points and pull down a season-high 19 rebounds before sealing the win with two free throws with 12 seconds left in the extra frame.

Dalembert, who spent his first nine NBA seasons with the Sixers, was instrumental as Sacramento dominated the boards by a 58-36 margin.

Philadelphia's vaunted bench was awful, scoring just 14 points on 4-for-26 shooting. Lou Williams made his first and only shot, a monster 30-foot three, at the buzzer to send the game into overtime and finished 1-for-12. Thaddeus Young was equally bad, shooting 2-for-11 and missing a number of bunnies before Sixers coach Doug Collins pulled the plug on him.

Andre Iguodala, meanwhile, continued to struggle at the free throw line, finishing 4-of-10.

Jrue Holiday and Jodie Meeks were the lone bright spots for the Sixers. Holiday finished with 28 points, one off his career-high, nine rebounds and seven assists, while Meeks had 22 points and was 8-of-11 from the floor.

Spencer Hawes, who was acquired from the Kings in the trade that sent Dalembert west, had good numbers with 16 points and 15 boards but struggled down the stretch and overtime.

Sacramento's Marcus Thornton led all scorers with 32 points and turned the game around with a sizzling 19-point third quarter, which included three bombs from beyond the arc.

Mount Laurel native Jason Thompson came off the bench to contribute 15 points and 11 boards, while Francisco Garcia and Beno Udrih each netted 11 points for the victors, who concluded a five-game road trip with an impressive 4-1 mark and snapped a six-game slide versus the Sixers.


*The Sixers are just 2-7 in overtime games this season.

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