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January 10, 2012
In-game blog: Kings blown out to start five-game road trip

FINAL
76ers 112, Kings 85

PHILADELPHIA - Behind the solid play of Elton Brand (21 points, 10 rebounds) and Jrue Holiday (17 points, eight assists, four steals), the 76ers (7-2) cruised to their sixth consecutive win.

The Kings (3-7) lost for their second game in a row and dropped to 1-2 under new coach Keith Smart.

DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Tyreke Evans has 15 points for the Kings, who played without injured starters Marcus Thornton (left thigh contusion) and Chuck Hayes (dislocated left shoulder)

The Kings shot 39.5 percent after shooting better than 50 percent for a game Sunday for the first time this season. The 76ers shot 56.6 percent for the game.


THIRD QUARTER
76ers 84, Kings 60

PHILADELPHIA - The 76ers opened the third on an 11-0 run to make this game a rout.

Elton Brand has 21 points and 10 rebounds for the 76ers. Jrue Holiday is up to 17 points and eight assists. Neither is likely to be needed in the fourth quarter of this one.

Jason Thompson had nine points in the third and has a team-high 13 points for the Kings. The Kings are shooting 40.3 percent while the 76ers are shooting 57.8 percent

HALFTIME
76ers 52, Kings 42

PHILADELPHIA - Elton Brand (11 points, seven rebounds) and Jrue Holiday (10 points, three assists) are leading a balanced Philadelphia offense while the Kings continue to struggle to score.

The Kings are shooting 18-of-44 (40.9 percent) and have missed eight of nine three pointers.

DeMarcus Cousins has 12 points and eight rebounds for the Kings.

Keith Smart continues to experiment with lineups in his third game as head coach. Injuries to Marcus Thornton and Chuck Hayes have also forced Smart to try new things.

Isaiah Thomas played the entire second quarter while starters Jimmer Fredette and J.J. Hickson did not play in the second quarter.

Cousins played just 3:40 of the second quarter and has only two fouls.

FIRST QUARTER
76ers 26, Kings 22

PHILADELPHIA - The Kings shot above 50 percent for the first time this season Sunday but have reverted back to their poor shooting tendencies to start tonight's game.

The Kings shot 9-of-23 (39.1 percent) while the 76ers shot 12-of-20 (60 percent). Some of those misses have led to transition opportunities for Philadelphia, which has 10 fastbreak points.

DeMarcus Cousins has eight points and six rebounds for the Kings. Tyreke Evans has seven points.

Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young came off the bench to score six points apiece for the 76ers.



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