SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The 76ers got a big boost from their two first-round draft choices last night in extending their success on the road.
Rookies Thaddeus Young and Jason Smith combined for 15 points and made their first seven combined shots as the Sixers defeated the Sacramento Kings, 92-80, last night at Arco Arena.
It was the first of six consecutive road games and gave the Sixers their fourth win in their last five games away from the Wachovia Center.
Overall, the Sixers have won eight of their last 11 games.
Smith, who scored nine points and shot 4 for 4 from the field, also contributed three rebounds. Young added six points and five rebounds while shooting 3 for 4 from the field.
The Sixers' bench outscored Sacramento's reserves, 31-15. Kyle Korver scored 10 points off the bench and Lou Williams added six.
Andre Iguodala, who was held to seven points in the first three quarters, scored nine in the final one, in which the Sixers outscored Sacramento by 29-17 after the teams entered the period tied at 63-63.
Samuel Dalembert added 19 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots, while Andre Miller contributed 18 points and three assists.
"Thaddeus and Jason Smith played big for us tonight," said Miller, who lives in Sacramento in the off-season. "They came up with a number of big plays."
Former Sixer John Salmons scored 22 points for the Kings, but also forced too many plays while shooting 8 for 18 from the field. And he committed five turnovers.
The win came against a depleted Sacramento lineup.
The Kings were without their three best players, which raised the question: How competitive could this team be with all its parts?
Point guard Mike Bibby hasn't played all season because of a torn ligament in his left thumb.
Shooting guard Kevin Martin, the team's leading scorer, missed his 11th consecutive game with a strained right groin. And guard-forward Ron Artest was sidelined with a bone chip in his right elbow.
Even with that, Sacramento led by seven points in the first quarter until the Sixers settled down.
Point guard Beno Udrih, who was guarded by Miller, scored 11 of the Kings' first 12 points, many by taking the ball to the basket. He finished the quarter with 14 points. Despite being outplayed for most of the quarter, the Sixers were up, 26-25.
In the Kings' 109-99 win over the Sixers two weeks ago, Udrih was scoreless at halftime but finished with 15 points.
During the second half of that game, Sacramento didn't get much defensive resistance. The Kings' final 13 field goals were either layups or dunks.
Last night, the Kings still drove freely to the basket, but the Sixers did a better job of defending against their back cuts, limiting to a degree the easy baskets.
The Sixers led by 11 points in the second quarter, but a late spurt by the Kings cut the advantage to 50-46 at halftime.
Smith came off the bench to hit all three of his field-goal attempts, including his second three-pointer of the year, for seven first-half points.
Dalembert had 14 points and seven rebounds at halftime, after getting just four points and nine rebounds the entire game the last time the teams met.
In the third quarter, the Sixers got into their bad habit of dribbling too much and running down the shot clock, then forcing shots.
Despite the Sixers' poor play, the score was tied entering the final period after Sacramento's Brad Miller ended the third quarter with a 14-foot jumper at the buzzer.