Tyreke Evans had one of his best games of the season, but the Sacramento Kings still lost 89-80 to the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday. Evans finished with 29 points on 11-18 shooting. Isaiah Thomas (24 points, 5 assists) was quite good as well, and the Kings' worst stretch came when the pair sat in the second quarter. The three bench guards who played in the second (Marcus Thornton, Francisco Garcia and Aaron Brooks) watched the Sixers go on a crazy tear as the Kings couldn't score. Sacramento lost the quarter 27-16 to trail by 15 at the half.
But the Kings flipped it in the third, winning the quarter 29-18 behind Tyreke's 13 and Isaiah's 10. That brought Sacramento to within four points. The Kings took a lead with 10:30 remaining as Isaiah drew a (second) foul on a three-pointer and nailed the trio of charity shots. That lead was 73-72. Philadelphia proceeded to go on a 10-0 run to take back full control.
The Kings scored all of two points between Isaiah's free throws with 10:30 left and an I.T. layup with less than two minutes remaining. That span included 10 straight missed field goals, three turnovers and just 2-6 shooting on free throws. It wasn't pretty. Isaiah was on the bench for the first half of the nasty spell, for what it's worth. (Jimmer Fredette was on the court after playing all of 10 seconds before that point.)
The Kings are back at it on Saturday at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks.
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