Miller, Moore help Kings earn first road winDec 15, 2007 - 4:47 AM PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- It's official, every team in the NBA has now won on the road.
Brad Miller had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Mikki Moore scored a season-best 24 as the Sacramento Kings earned their first road win this season with Friday's 109-99 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
"I'm happy for us but, at the same time, this should not have been our first road win," Kings coach Reggie Theus said. "I am pleased because it was a total team effort."
The Kings entered winless in nine games away from Arco Arena, just one shy of tying their longest road losing streak in club history set during the 1997-98 campaign.
"It just feels good to finally be in a group of people with one win, instead of being the only team with a zero," Miller said.
"I hope that the team learned why they won," Theus said. "We played four good quarters of basketball. The way to win games is by finding the open guy and moving the ball."
With only a two-point advantage in the third quarter, Sacramento pulled away for good behind an 18-7 surge that was capped by consecutive baskets from Miller and Moore to make it 77-64 with 3:17 left.
"We were assertive," Miller said. "They were doubling off Ron (Artest) a lot. He was passing it out to the open man. Mikki loves to dunk the ball, and I love to pass it. I just found him in the right position to score."
"We played good team offense," Moore said. "Brad kept finding the open guy. We would do an extra swing pass, and they would get the ball to me in the post."
The Kings outscored the Sixers, 34-23, in the third period with their last six field goals coming by either a layup or dunk.
"Two games before that, the last seven or eight shots were jump shots," Moore said. "We've proven to ourselves that, if we do stay aggressive, it will turn out all right."
"Our defensive presence wasn't really there," 76ers guard Willie Green said. "We didn't stop guys. They were getting dunks, layups and easy jumpers. Anytime a team does that, it is going to tough to win."
Philadelphia was never able to bounce back thereafter as its season-high four-game winning streak came to a crashing halt in the finale of its three-game homestand.
"You don't want to be anybody's first road win," said Sixers guard Kyle Korver, who came off the bench to score 15 points. "Any team is dangerous on any given night."
The duo of Miller and Moore also shined on the defensive end, holding Philadelphia's starting frontcourt to just 23 points combined.
Former Sixer John Salmons poured in 19 points and Beno Udrih netted 15 for Sacramento, which shot a blistering 53 percent (43-of-80) from the field and forced 21 turnovers.
"When they shoot the ball they way did tonight, they can beat anybody," Korver said. "You have to try to adjust during the game, and we didn't do a good enough job."
Andre Miller scored 18 of his 24 points before the break to lead four others in double figures for Philadelphia, which shot 51 percent (38-of-74).
PHILADELPHIA 99 FINAL
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PHILADELPHIA 74 END, 3RD QTR
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PHILADELPHIA 51 HALFTIME
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PHILADELPHIA 28 END, 1ST QTR
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