Dalembert, Kings look to slow Philly's playoff push

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Dalembert, Kings look to slow Philly's playoff push

March 17, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (35-33) vs.
KINGS (16-50)Coverage begins at 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet California
(AP) -- After suffering back-to-back losses to open their trip, the Philadelphia 76ers defeated one of the weaker teams in the Western Conference the last time they took the court.A meeting with the last-place Sacramento Kings could help Philadelphia in its quest for sixth place in the East, and the 76ers will try for a sixth consecutive victory in the series Friday night.
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Philadelphia (35-33) had won seven of nine on the road prior to losing to Milwaukee and Utah to begin its five-game trip.The 76ers, vying with New York for the sixth seed in the conference, allowed an average of 107.0 points in those two losses but used a strong defensive effort Wednesday night to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers 104-94.
REWIND: Meeks, Brand lead 76ers over Clippers 104-94
Coach Doug Collins' team forced 17 turnovers and held Los Angeles to 4-of-13 shooting from 3-point range en route to its 11th win in 12 games when holding opponents under 100 points."It was a tough game but we had to have it. We had lost two in a row and we felt like we are a better team than to lose two in a row," said Elton Brand, who had 19 points, 12 rebounds and a season high-tying five blocks. "We had to have this game and we got it."Collins was ejected right before halftime after picking up his second technical foul."I just thought I had to stand up for our guys and they were great," he said. "They responded. We talked at halftime about how important this game was to get a road win and break our two-game losing streak."Guard Jodie Meeks, who had 22 points Wednesday, has gone 9 of 16 from long distance in his last two games. Meeks averaged 9.5 points over his first 50 contests but has scored 14.9 per game over his last 10."Jodie Meeks has been great," Brand said. "He didn't even dress at the start of the season, so for him to hit these big shots and play the way he's been playing, it's been great for us."Philadelphia, 5-8 on the road versus West opponents, has outscored the Kings by 16.0 points during its five-game run in the series.Sacramento (16-50) fell 97-93 to NBA-worst Cleveland on Wednesday night for its seventh loss in eight games.The Kings had averaged 105.9 points over their previous eight matchups but shot just 38.0 percent. Sacramento has dropped eight straight and 29 of 33 when scoring less than 100 points.Marcus Thornton had 23 points after scoring a career-high 42 in Monday night's 129-119 win over Golden State."To see that we played so well against Golden State and then to lose like this hurt," said Thornton, averaging 24.0 points in his last nine games. "It hurts, but it's the NBA. We have to put it behind us and get ready for Friday. We have a good Philly team coming in."Samuel Dalembert will be facing the 76ers for the first time since being traded to Sacramento in July. The 6-foot-11 center, who spent the first eight seasons of his career in Philadelphia, registered a career-high 27 points to go along with 16 rebounds versus the Warriors.He scored 16 and grabbed 10 boards Wednesday, and is averaging 19.7 points - 12.3 more than his season mark - and 11.3 rebounds over the past three games.

Cal makes it 26 straight at home with win over UC Davis

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Cal makes it 26 straight at home with win over UC Davis

BERKELEY -- Charlie Moore scored 22 points including a 3-pointer from just inside halfcourt and California beat UC Davis 86-61 on Saturday.

Grant Mullins added 17 points and four rebounds to help make up for an off night by Ivan Rabb as the Golden Bears (8-2) won their 26th consecutive home game, matching the longest streak in school history.

A freshman point guard who has been starting for coach Cuonzo Martin's team all season, Moore led California on an 18-3 run in the first half with a pair of steals and two layups. He later scored off another Davis turnover later in the half before banking in a 45-foot buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

The Bears' winning streak is the fourth-longest in the nation and matches the record set from Dec. 27, 1958-Dec. 16, 1960. California last lost at Haas Pavilion to Oregon on Feb. 25, 2015.

Davis committed 21 turnovers and put up little resistance in the first game between the two teams since 2010.

Chima Moneke had a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Brynton Lemar scored 14 for the Aggies (5-5), who closed within 44-30 early in the second half before the Bears pulled away.

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Davis has to be feeling good as it nears the end of its seven-game road trip - the team's longest since moving to Division I in 2008. Although they were outsized and a step slower for most of the game the Aggies showed some grit coming out of halftime and kept it interesting. Had they played that way the entire night the outcome might have been different. As it is, second-year coach Jim Les' squad has dropped three of four.

California was out of sync much of the night and, despite the score, couldn't put Davis away until late in the second half. That's been an ongoing issue for the Bears and one that could be a problem with the Pac-12 portion of the schedule coming up. Good thing the young players came up big. Rabb was uneven with his shot and was hindered with foul trouble. Bird gave the Bears an early spark then fizzled out.

UP NEXT

Davis: The Aggies travel to North Dakota State on Wednesday.

California: The Bears get a break after playing four games in seven days and will host Cal Poly on Saturday.

Rewind: Kings fall apart in fourth versus Jazz

Rewind: Kings fall apart in fourth versus Jazz

Through three quarters, the Kings gave the Utah Jazz all they could handle Saturday night at the Vivint Smart Home Center. Sacramento trailed 78-76 going to the fourth and then they completely fell apart. The end result was a 104-84 loss after a brutal 26-8 drubbing in the final quarter.

The Kings shot just 3-of-22 (13.6 percent) in the fourth. DeMarcus Cousins hit a jumper, Kosta Koufos tipped a ball in, Rudy Gay dropped in a 3-ball and Ben McLemore hit 1-of-2 at the line. That’s it for Sacramento in the final 12 minutes.

Sacramento played a hard fought game against the New York Knicks on Friday evening before flying to Utah for Saturday’s match up. It’s one of the most brutal home-and-away back-to-backs in the NBA, but like every other team in the league, the Kings must play the schedule in front of them.

“It could be a factor that some of us were fatigued, but the whole NBA plays under the same circumstances, so it’s no excuse,” Darren Collison told reporters following the game. “We’ve got to come out here and perform and we didn’t.”

Gay’s 3-pointer came with 5:17 remaining in the game. The Kings never hit another basket, although they scored one more point on McLemore’s made free throw.

While Sacramento wilted, the Jazz got hot. Trey Lyle hit two 3-pointers in the quarter and Gordon Hayward scored seven of his game-high 26 in the final frame. Utah moved the ball around the horn, hitting 10-of-20 shots in the quarter.

“Give them credit, they made shots and we didn’t,” Ben McLemore said following the game.

The ball movement completely stagnated for Sacramento as the Kings turned to isolation basketball. From the final score, you would never know that it was a two-point game heading into the fourth.

“Until we find a way to start playing together, we’re going to always find our way into these type of games,” Collison added.

With the loss, the Kings (8-15) dropped a season-low seven games under .500 for the first time. They have lost two straight and five of their last six games.  

Sacramento has a day off before returning to Golden 1 Center Monday evening. They’ll face a Los Angeles Lakers team that is riding a five-game losing streak and has to face the Knicks Sunday night.

“It’s the NBA, you’ve got to be able to forget about the past and continue to look forward,” Collison said. “You can’t really let the past get to you. Hopefully we can come in with a better mindset and start playing for one another.”