76ers pull away in 4th to beat Kings, spoil Gentry's debut

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SACRAMENTO, Callif. (AP) — Tyrese Maxey had 24 points and the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers beat Sacramento 102-94 on Monday night, spoiling Alvin Gentry’s debut as interim Kings coach.

Shake Milton scored 16 points and Matisse Thybulle added 15, helping the Sixers to their second win in eight games. Andre Drummond had nine points and 23 rebounds.

De’Aaron Fox had 23 points and Buddy Hield scored 21 for the Kings.

Gentry was promoted to interim coach after the Kings fired Luke Walton on Sunday. Gentry most recently served as head coach for the New Orleans Pelicans (2015-20). He's also had head coaching stops with Miami, Detroit, the Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix.

Not much looked different, however, as Sacramento again had trouble finishing.

The Kings led by nine early in the fourth quarter but were outscored 25-8 over the final 9:45, extending their losing streak against the 76ers to seven games.

Philadelphia, already missing Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, also played without Tobias Harris (left hip) and Seth Curry (back tightness).

Maxey helped make up for those absences despite a rough night from the floor. The 76ers' guard shot 8 of 22 and was scoreless on four attempts beyond the arc.

But Maxey had six points as part of Philadelphia’s fourth-quarter blitz. Milton and Georges Niang also scored six during the decisive surge.

TIP-INS

76ers: Philadelphia matched its season low with seven turnovers that led to just six points. ... Isaiah Joe had 11 points in 17 minutes off the bench.

Kings: Tristan Thompson had eight points in the third quarter, including a one-handed putback dunk. … Richaun Holmes scored 10 of his 18 points in the third as well.

UP NEXT

76ers: Face the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.

Kings: Play the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

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Michael Wagaman, The Associated Press

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