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Sacramento at Philadelphia

Miller helps Kings finally win away from Arco

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- The short-handed Sacramento Kings finally got their elusive, long-awaited road win by going back to the basics: shooting, rebounding and passing.

Brad Miller had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Mikki Moore tied his career high with 24 points and the Kings became the final NBA team to win a road game with a 109-99 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.

John Salmons contributed 19 points and Beno Udrih had 15 for the Kings, who entered the game with nine straight road losses to open a season, matching a team record set in 1987-88 and again in 1993-94.

"We definitely needed that," Salmons said. "It felt good to get this first one."

The Kings also broke the streak without injured starters Mike Bibby, Kevin Martin and Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

They shot 54 percent from the field, including a stretch of 13 consecutive layups and dunks between the third and fourth quarter. Sacramento outrebounded Philadelphia, 39-31.

"It was one of the best passing games we've had," Kings coach Reggie Theus said. "We had real good ball movement and got layups off good cuts. It's something we've been working on."

Andre Miller scored 24 points, Willie Green added 16 and Andre Iguodala and Louis Williams had 15 apiece for Philadelphia, which had its season-best four-game win streak snapped. Kyle Korver added 13 for the Sixers.

"We're an energy team and we can't come out and not play with any energy," Williams said.

Philadelphia trailed 85-69 on a basket by Ron Artest with 2:07 remaining in the third quarter, but the Sixers responded with the final five points of the period.

The Sixers trailed by double figures for much of the fourth quarter, before a basket by Miller cut the lead to 100-91 with 2:22 left.

But Philadelphia turned the ball over twice and Moore, who was 10-of-11 from the field, converted a 3-point play with 1:12 remaining for a commanding 103-91 advantage.

"They just made big plays in the game," Iguodala said.

Sacramento continued its torrid shooting, which included hitting 18-of-21 from the free throw line.

"We got guys in the right position to score," Brad Miller said.

Meanwhile, Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks said his team's defense couldn't match its offense.

"Our defense was not what it has been for the past four games," Cheeks said. "There are going to be games when our defense is not going to be good. Unfortunately, our offense and defense was not good, so a combination of that is going to result in a loss."

After Philadelphia built an early lead, the Kings rallied to tie the game at 51 at halftime behind clutch shooting from the field.

The Sixers also shot well, hitting 20-of-38 (53 percent) shots from the field.

Notes

  • Korver has hit 10-of-18 3-pointers in his last five games.
  • Theus, when asked before the game if his team had to be loose to win a game on the road: "The pressure is on. We need to win a game. This is not Club Med."
  • Philadelphia's Miller scored 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the first quarter.
  • Artest was assessed a technical foul in the third quarter.
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Jason Smith (left) and the 76ers have little defense for Brad Miller, who pours in 25 points. (AP)
Jason Smith (left) and the 76ers have little defense for Brad Miller, who pours in 25 points. (AP)

Scoreboard
Sacramento (9-13) «24273424109
Philadelphia (9-14) 2823232599
SAC:B. Miller 25 Pts
SAC:B. Miller 10 Reb
SAC:B. Miller 6 Ast
PHI:A. Miller 24 Pts
PHI:S. Dalembert 9 Reb
PHI:A. Miller 8 Ast
Players of the Game
PhiladelphiaSacramento

A. Miller

B. Miller
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
244825106
Sacramento
R. Artest, SF403-72-48459
J. Salmons, SF408-162-335119
B. Miller, C389-126-6106225
M. Moore, PF3810-114-451324
B. Udrih, PG365-154-446115
F. Garcia, SF184-80-02228
S. Hawes, C102-70-02024
K. Thomas, PF71-20-03112
D. Jones, SG70-00-00110
Q. Douby, SG61-20-02123
S. Abdur-Rahim, PFDid Not Play
M. Bibby, PGDid Not Play
K. Martin, SGDid Not Play
J. Williams, PFDid Not Play
Totals 43-8018-21392722109
 53.8%85.7% 
Philadelphia
A. Iguodala, SF424-126-644415
A. Miller, PG3510-144-448124
S. Dalembert, C342-40-29034
W. Green, SG326-151-114116
R. Evans, PF232-30-43024
K. Korver, SF285-82-220613
L. Williams, SG236-101-226215
J. Smith, PF151-31-23023
T. Young, SF82-51-13105
K. Ollie, PGDid Not Play
C. Booth, CDid Not Play
S. Randolph, PFDid Not Play
R. Carney, SFDid Not Play
L. Amundson, PFDid Not Play
H. Hill, PFDid Not Play
Totals 38-7416-2431232199
 51.4%66.7% 
Other Games
Tor 104 Final
Ind 93
Mil 82 Final
Bos 104
Orl 103 Final
Char 87
Atl 81 Final
Det 91
Sea 99 Final
Min 88
Cle 97 Final
NJ 105
LAC 98 Final
Mem 91
NY 96 Final
Chi 101
NO 80 Final
Dal 89
Utah 91 Final
Port 99
LAL 106 Final
GS 108