Kings edge Sixers, 109-108

Keith Pompey, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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The Kings took a 93-91 lead after Justin Jackson hit a pair of foul shots with 7:29 remaining. Then Fox extended their lead to three points after splitting a pair of foul shots on the Kings' next possession.

But Simmons started to take over the game. He scored three straight baskets and then found Embiid for a basket to give the Sixers a 99-98 lead. Dario Saric followed that up with a three to give them a four-point cushion with 4:10 left.

But Garrett Temple's three-pointer pulled the Kings within one point, 108-107, with 50 seconds left. Then Willie Cauley-Stein blocked Embiid's shot on the ensuing possession. The Kings were awarded the ball with 25.1 seconds left after it went out of bounds off a Sixers player.

Then Fox hit the game-winning jumper and Embiid misfired on his last-second attempt.

The Sixers had been one of the hottest stories in professional sports during this road trip. ESPN is following them on the West Coast. Other national media outlets were at Wednesday's practice and Thursday's game.


Zach Randolph paced the Kings with 20 points. Fox had 11 points and seven assists. Cauley-Stein had 15 points and two blocks.

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