Dalembert boosts Sixers over Kings
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Samuel Dalembert posted 20 points and 17
rebounds, as the Philadelphia 76ers opened a six-game homestand with an 89-82
victory over the Sacramento Kings.
Andre Iguodala notched 22 points and eight boards for the 76ers, who won for
just the second time in seven games. Andre Miller scored 18 points for the
76ers, who are 11-15 as the host this season and will receive visits from
Phoenix, Memphis, New Jersey, Seattle and the Los Angeles Lakers during the
Kevin Martin scored 23 points for the Kings, who finished 1-3 on their four-
game road trip. Brad Miller had 21 points and 10 boards, and Ron Artest ended
with 13 points for the Kings, who are just 8-20 on the road this season. The
club will return home to host Charlotte on Wednesday.
The game started with both teams trading baskets back and forth, and the Kings
held a 27-24 first-quarter lead.
The second quarter opened with each team trading six-point runs, and neither
club gained any ground in the stanza for a 45-42 Sacramento halftime lead.
Philly started pulling away down the third-quarter stretch on a 10-0 run,
sparked by an Iguodala fadeaway shot with 5:16 remaining, and led 67-63
heading into the fourth.
Sacramento cut its deficit to 77-74 on Artest’s layup midway through the final
stanza, but the Sixers answered on an 8-2 spurt, finished by Dalembert’s
alley-oop layup with two ticks under three minutes left, as the home team
cruised to victory down the stretch.
The Sixers dominated the glass by a 55-40 count…Philadelphia and Sacramento
met for the second and final time this season. The Kings won the first matchup
this year, 101-76, on December 27 behind 21 points and six assists by Mike
Bibby…The Sixers swept the two-game series last season, but have lost 10 of
their last 13 meetings with the Kings…Artest missed Sunday’s game at Indiana
due to personal reasons.