Tonight the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Sacramento Kings 125-91. The game was never in doubt, as the 76ers took an early lead and cruised to an easy victory, moving to 2-2.
For the Kings, the defeat moves their record to 0-4. Not much went right for them on this night. While Kevin Martin and John Salmons underperformed, the real problem came elsewhere. The Kings turned the ball over 19 times and were outrebounded 34-28.
The turnover and rebound numbers, however, were a bit misleading. The Kings seemed to be outhustled on nearly every play. On countless occasions the Kings had two or three rebounders in position and failed to box out, allowing 76ers players to sneak in and get the ball.
For the 76ers Brand, Dalembert, and Evans grossly outhustled the Kings Hawes, Thompson, and especially Mikki Moore, who was virtually nonexistent in this game. The Kings were bullied, pushed around, and looked scared.
The Kings came out from halftime knowing that they had to step up the defense and rebounding, yet just two minutes into the third quarter nothing had changed, forcing Kings coach Reggie Theus to pull Hawes and Moore in favor of Thompson and Williams, who didn’t fare much better. From there the 76ers rolled to victory.
The Kings finish this season-opening road trip 0-4. While things have looked bad so far, the season is young and hope is by no means lost yet.
The Kings host Memphis on Wednesday in their home opener. Look for a home court crowd to have the team fired up and ready to claim their first victory of the season.