Sacramento Kings game wrap: Too much 76ers defense in 4th quarter; Kings can’t hold on lose 119-111

The Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid gets a basket over the heads of the Sacramento Kings Marvin Bagley III (left) and Richaun Holmes (right) at Golden One Center on Tue Feb 9, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings passed a big test on Sunday in Los Angeles. The Kings defeated the Clippers by a final of 113-110. It was a big way to cap off an amazing weekend of winning for the Kings. They also beat the Denver Nuggets on Saturday on the first night of the back to back.

On Tuesday, the Kings were preparing to take on the West leading Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers were heading into Tuesday’s game at 17-7 on the year. The Kings stood at 12-11 after winning their previous four games. Tip-off was set for 7 PM PST in Sacramento. The Kings ran out of time and room to catch up to the 76ers in the four quarter falling behind in a 119-111 loss at Golden One Center.

In the first half, it was a tale of two quarters. The first quarter was one of the worst played by the Kings this year. They were out scored 42-32 in the opening frame and neither team played any defense. In the second quarter, the Kings roared back. The Kings offense continued to put up numbers as they out scored the 76ers 39-24 to take a 71-66 lead into halftime. The Kings would look to continue a stretch of closing out games and take the victory from the 76ers.

In the second half, the Kings didn’t fare as well. The third quarter was first mundane. Neither team performed well on the offensive end as the 76ers scored 21 points compared to the Kings 20 points. It was the fourth quarter that doomed the Kings. The Kings defense evaporated as the 76ers scored 32 points in the last quarter. The Kings only managed 20 points which wasn’t enough to make the game close.

De’Aaron Fox led the Kings in defeat scoring 34 points. Joel Embiid led the victorious 76ers by scoring 25 points.

Up Next: The Kings stay home to take on the Orlando Magic on Friday at 7 PM in Sacramento.



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