With John Salmons (stomach flu) back in the line-up, the Kings had their full roster at their disposal.
In the first quarter the Kings managed to keep the game close. After falling behing by as much as eight points, the Kings trailed 27-23 to the Sixers after the first quarter.
The second quarter felt like a repeat of Wednesday's game in Boston. The Sixers led by as much as 19 points in the second quarter and scored seven points from the Kings five turnovers.
Trailing 54-39 at the half, the Kings made a run to get within three points. They shot 55 percent with 10 assists and only two turnovers and were behind the Sixers 72-68 at the end of the third quarter.
The Kings gained a 73-72 lead after Isaiah Thomas made three free-throws, but the Sixers struck back with all the momentum with a 12-1 run.
The Kings went ice cold for the rest of the game, missing 11 straight shots after taking the lead and losing 89-80 to the Sixers.
Chester, Pa. native Tyreke Evans scored a season-high 29 points for the Kings and Thomas finished with 24 points. DeMarcus Cousins picked up his league-leading 10th technical foul and finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds and a game-high three blocks.
Thaddeus Young dominated the Kings in the post, finishing with 23 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for the Sixers. Jrue Holiday had 21 points, six rebounds, game-highs of seven assists with eight turnovers and a team-high two blocks. Nick Young scored 20 points.
Kings coach Keith Smart said that the Sixers got off to a great start, but after taking the lead back, his team couldn't keep it:
I tried to go inside (the post) as much as I could earlier to try to establish a tempo of the game early and I thought after being down we got it to a manageable number at the end of the first quarter and then the wheels fell off in the second quarter.
Now you got to play from 19 (points) down and make a run and we did that in the third quarter and tried to put it together, trying to see if we can hang on to it, but obviously we didn't do that.
The Kings will play the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. PST.
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