The Sixers scratched, they clawed, and they fought until the final buzzer, but in the end they suffered their 16th consecutive road loss.
With the Sixers down 107-106 and mere seconds left on the game clock, Hollis Thompson had the ball in his hands. He drove right off the bounce and attempted to kick the ball out to Ish Smith on the wing, but Sacramento’s Ray McCallum was able to deflect the ball and steal it to secure victory for the Kings.
In the first half, the Sixers had everything going offensively, jumping out a 70-63 lead at the break thanks to a 56.3% shooting clip from the field and an 8-for-16 performance from distance in the first 24 minutes of the game. But coming out of halftime, the Kings were able to clamp down on the Sixers defensively, holding the team to just 14 points and taking an 87-84 lead into the final frame.
Sacramento was able to extend its lead to seven in the opening minutes of the fourth, but an offensive explosion from Robert Covington over a 75 seconds from the 7:26 to the 6:11 mark gave the Sixers a 103-100 lead. Covington scored 12 straight points for Philadelphia during that span, knocking down three triples and getting the hoop plus the harm on an alley-oop dish from Ish Smith. But over the final six minutes of the game, the Sixers didn’t make a single field goal, settling for three points at the charity stripe and dropping their second straight game.
Nerlens Noel finished with 14 points (5/10 FG), 10 rebounds, three assists, and six blocks, but was limited to just two minutes of action during the Kings’ third-quarter run because of foul trouble while Luc Mbah a Moute finished with 5 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals. Thomas Robinson put together another impressive performance off the pine, contributing a career-high 16 points in 21 minutes against the team that drafted him fifth-overall before trading him during his rookie season.
DeMarcus Cousins finished the game with 33 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, four steals, and four blocks, but was held to 8-of-27 shooting. His 17 made free throws were four more than the 13 Philadelphia converted as a whole.