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Despite their losing record, the Kings often discuss being within reach of the final postseason spot in the Western Conference. But nights like Monday should remind the Kings eyes will roll unless they back up that talk. For the second time in three games, Sacramento blows a double-digit lead in a loss. Playing without standout center Joel Embiid, the Philadelphia 76ers looked like the team pursuing a playoff berth, blitzing Sacramento in the third quarter and beating the Kings 122-119 at Wells Fargo Center.
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Kings All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins is named the NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Jan. 23-29. The Kings were 3-1 over the week. Cousins led Sacramento by averaging 27.8 points, 14.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks.
Projected starters, broadcast information and keys to Tuesday’s game against the Houston Rockets.
Paul George scores 33 points, grabs nine rebounds and hounds James Harden, the NBA’s second-leading scorer, into one of his worst games this season to help the Indiana Pacers rout the Houston Rockets 120-101 on Sunday in Indianapolis.
A statistical look at the Kings’ 122-119 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.