SACRAMENTO – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the 76ers’ 1113-104 victory over Sacramento Kings on Thursday at Sleep Train Arena:
Best performance: Thaddeus Young gets this award on a night when Kings center DeMarcus Cousins had game-highs of 33 points and 14 rebounds. While Cousins was the most dominant player, Young led the Sixers to their third consecutive victory on this road trip. The power forward made 9 of 16 shots en route to scoring a team-high 28 points. He also finished with seven rebounds, a career-best six steals, four assists and a blocked shot. Seventeen of Young’s points came in the second half.
Worst performance: This goes to Ben McLemore. The Kings rookie shooting guard went scoreless after missing all five of his shot attempts, including three from three-point range. He also had three rebounds, two turnovers and zero assists in 23 minutes of action.
Best performance in a losing effort: It would be foolish not to give this to Cousins. The intimidating 6-foot-11, 270-pounder scored 22 of his points in the first half. For the game, he made 10 of 16 shot attempts and 13 of 19 free throws. His numbers might have been better if not for playing just two minutes in the third quarter due after picking up his fourth foul.