PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Robert Covington had 23 factors and 10 rebounds to rally the Philadelphia 76ers to their newest shocking win, 122-119 over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night time.
The Sixers overcame forty six factors from DeMarcus Cousins and gained once more with out injured middle Joel Embiid. Embiid sat out with a left knee contusion.
He additionally won’t journey with the Sixers for street video games later this week towards Dallas and San Antonio. The Sixers formally listed Embiid as uncertain for these two video games.
“I’d be mendacity if I stated it doesn’t rock our boat somewhat bit,” coach Brett Brown stated. “However it’s a part of simply the fluid aspect of the NBA, particularly the fluid aspect of our nonetheless younger program.”
This recreation was postponed Nov. 30 by the NBA due to condensation on the courtroom on the Wells Fargo Middle.
The delay was well worth the watch for Philly.
Down sixteen within the first half, the Sixers scored forty two factors within the third quarter and held on when Arron Afflalo missed a tying three-level try on the horn.
Cousins shifted into takeover mode within the fourth. His sixteenth level of the quarter got here on a dunk that pulled the Kings to 114-113. Cousins, although, had a bounce cross intercepted and he fouled Gerald Henderson as he tried to move the ball upcourt.
Henderson sank each free throws that made it 118-113 and helped cease a two-recreation dropping streak.
Cousins, who fouled out, was whistled for an offensive foul, Covington went down and buried a three and the Sixers led 108-ninety nine late within the fourth.
The Sixers let Houston’s James Harden rating fifty one factors on Friday night time and Cousins joined him with one other monster recreation in Philly. Cousins made his first 5 photographs and scored 18 factors within the first quarter.
Led by Cousins, the Kings shot sixty one% within the interval and led by sixteen factors.
With a small crowd, Embiid out, and enjoying the again-finish of consecutive video games, the Sixers of the final three seasons may need misplaced by 30.
With or with out Embiid, these will not be the identical previous Sixers.
They gained final week at Milwaukee with Embiid at residence, and rallied towards a Kings staff preventing for a Western Convention playoff berth.
The Sixers went wild within the third and Covington capped a 15-three run with a three that gave the Sixers an 87-eighty one lead.
They made 17 of 24 photographs to stun Sacramento and get followers chanting “Belief the Course of!”
Kings: Cousins scored 30 towards the Sixers in December. He had 30 by means of three quarters Monday night time on eight-of-12 capturing and had grabbed 12 rebounds. Cousins made eleven of sixteen…