(SportsNetwork.com) - The Sacramento Kings have only this weekend left on an epic road trip, which continues Friday at the Wells Fargo Center versus the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Kings are 2-4 on the trek, which concludes Saturday night against the Washington Wizards. They began the odyssey with a win over the New York Knicks, then dropped four straight.
Sacramento got back into the win column on Wednesday with a 113-106 triumph over the Charlotte Hornets.
Ben McLemore, Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins combined for 73 points in the Kings' victory. McLemore and Gay had 27 and 26 points, respectively, for Sacramento, while Cousins tallied 20 points and 14 rebounds.
"When Ben is clicking, myself and Rudy, we're a good team," said Cousins.
The Hornets went on an 11-2 run to take the lead with 5:04 to play. Gay stopped the bleeding with two free throws and Cousins followed with a personal 6-0 spurt. Cousins' alley-oop slam gave the Kings a 102-95 edge with 3:21 left.
But the Hornets fought back and got within 106-104 on Mo Williams' layup with 1:05 remaining. Gay responded with a three-point play and added a jumper around a Gerald Henderson layup, making it 111-106 with 18.2 seconds to go.
The Sixers fell back into the loss column on Wednesday, but showed a lot of pluck in doing so. Philadelphia, which defeated the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, fell, 104-95, at home to the Chicago Bulls in overtime.
Ish Smith tallied a career-high 23 points with six assists, Isaiah Canaan netted 20 and Nerlens Noel and Thomas Robinson pulled down 15 rebounds apiece for Philadelphia, which has dropped 10 of its last 12 games.
"I think the effort was there," said Noel. "Starting with myself, we have to hit free throws."
The Sixers erased a 14-point fourth quarter deficit and Smith sunk a pair of foul shots for a 90-89 edge with 56.8 ticks left in regulation. Tony Snell missed a layup at the other end and Jerami Grant hit two foul shots with 43 seconds on the clock for a three-point cushion.
Aaron Brooks then knocked down a contested, leaning right corner triple to tie the game. Luc Mbah a Moute missed a jumper in the waning moments of the period.
Brooks drove in for a layup before a pair of Pau Gasol baskets quickly staked the Bulls to a six-point advantage in overtime and they cruised to the victory from there.
The Sixers host the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday to close out a five-game homestand.
These two teams will meet in 11 days in Sacramento.
The Kings beat the Sixers in Philly last season to halt a four-game series losing streak.