In winning for just the fifth time in their last 20 games, the Sixers (27-42) placed seven players in double figures. Jrue Holiday led the way with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Damien Wilkins added 17 points and Spencer Hawes finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Sixers, who play at Utah on Monday.
Lavoy Allen finished with a career-high 20 points.
Isaiah Thomas led Sacramento (25-46) with 25 points. Marcus Thornton came off the bench to score 22 for the Kings, who also got 19 points and eight rebounds from Chester's Tyreke Evans. Evans, however, cooled off after the first quarter, when he scored 12 points and handed out five assists to help the Kings to a 31-22 lead.
"We were too frenetic to start the game," Collins said, "and I told our guys, 'We can't play at that pace.' We had 27 shots and we scored 21 points with just two free throws."
The Sixers heeded Collins' advice and slowed things down in the second quarter. They shot much better (11 for 21) and they converted 11 of 12 free throws.
The victory was special for the Sixers for a variety of reasons. Of course, ending the road losing streak was important to the Sixers, who have been all but mathematically eliminated from the playoff race.
But the Sixers have been hurting over the last two days after blowing an eight-point lead at Denver on Thursday. The Sixers shot a season-high 55 percent from the floor against Denver but lost the game in a flurry of errors at the end.
Leading by 78-77 late in the third quarter, the Sixers bridged the third and fourth periods with a 28-7 run to take a 105-87 lead with just over eight minutes left in the game.
What made the difference?
"Our defense," Collins said. "This team wants to score. But after the first quarter we got the pace of the game where we wanted it. And then, what I showed our guys was that when we moved the ball we got wide-open shots."
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