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March 18, 2011
In-game blog (Kings vs. 76ers)

By Jason Jones
jejones@sacbee.com

FINAL
76ers 102, Kings 80

If this game was bad for you to watch, you weren't alone. Kings coach called it the "worst" game the Kings have played this season:

"I told the team at halftime, 'we have 16 wins, that's not good, that's not a good record, but we have not played a lot of bad basketball.' The first half, we played bad basketball. We have to decide, our win total is what it is, but we expect to keep getting better, and keep playing together. And that's why it's discouraging tonight, because that didn't happen and the fans booed because of that. It is uncharacteristic of our team, and we will bounce back."

It wasn't that the Kings were blown out because that's happened before. And it wasn't that the Kings shot poorly (34.5 percent) and committed a lot of turnovers (22) because neither is uncommon at this point of the season.

It was lack of energy that was discouraging and led to fans booing in the second half. After the first few minutes the Kings never looked "into" the game.

*This would qualify as Marcus Thornton's first bad game as a King. He was held to single-digit scoring for the first time in 12 games (seven points) and had six turnovers.

*After missing his first five shots, DeMarcus Cousins made six of his final eight and finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Samuel Dalembert had 13 rebounds and six points. Omri Casspi had 14 points off the bench.

*The 76ers (36-33) moved into sixth place in the Eastern Conference by a half game over New York wit the win.

*I caught up with former King Spencer Hawes before the game. Among the things we discussed was his being in the playoff race for the first time in his career:

"It's a lot of fun. The last couple of years you kind of just chalked it up, almost kind of waiting for the end. Now to really have that goal to look forward to and still be fighting for seeding and trying to move up that ladder it makes it a lot more fun."

*Sorry for the lack of a third-quarter update. I was waiting for stats and by time I realized I didn't have them, the game was almost over.

HALFTIME
76ers 55, Kings 38

*The Kings are having a second consecutive poor shooting night. The Kings are shooting 31.8 percent (14 for 44). A big reason for that is the frontcourt hasn't been dominant. DeMarcus Cousins has missed all five of his shots. Jason Thompson has missed four of five shots. Only Samuel Dalembert (four points, eight rebounds) has been effective. Also guard Marcus Thornton has missed six of eight shots.

*Jrue Holiday leads Philadelphia with 15 points and four steals. Andre Iguodala has nine points and five assists.

*The Kings don't stand a chance if they commit turnovers and they already have 12 that have led to 15 points for the Sixers.

*Beno Udrih had nine points and four assists to lead the Kings.

FIRST QUARTER
76ers 32, Kings 23

*The Kings already have six turnovers and can't keep up with Jrue Holiday, so it's no surprise they trail the 76ers. Holiday, Philadelphia's young and improving point guard, has 12 points and two assists.

*Samuel Dalembert is off to a good start against his old team with four points and six rebounds. Spencer Hawes, who was traded to Philadelphia with Andres Nocioni for Dalembert, has six points, an assist and a blocked shot.

*The Kings aren't a great three-point shooting team but they've made three of their first five threes.

*Kings guard Luther Head (sore right calf) did not dress for the game



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