Thomas, Kings thump Celtics

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Updated: December 30, 2012

Isaiah Thomas netted a game-high 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting and handed out five assists as the Sacramento Kings thumped the Boston Celtics, 118-96, on Sunday at Sleep Train Arena.

John Salmons contributed 23 points on 9-of-12 from the floor, while Jason
Thompson donated 20 points and six rebounds for the Kings, who have won three
of their last four.

DeMarcus Cousins posted a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10
assists to help Sacramento to victory, with Jimmer Fredette and James Johnson
finishing with 10 points apiece.

Paul Pierce and Jason Terry each scored 20 points, while Kevin Garnett added
16 points and 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who have lost three straight by 18
points or more for the first time since the 1977-78 season. Jeff Green
finished with 16 points in the loss.

It was a back-and-forth game early, as a putback slam by Thompson gave the
Kings an early lead and spurred the home side on a 10-0 burst that widened the
margin to 16-7 with 5:17 to play in the opening quarter.

A tip-in by Thomas Robinson made it a 24-14 Kings’ lead and the home team held
a 24-18 margin heading into the second stanza.

The game remained close in the second quarter, which featured five lead
changes and four ties, but the Kings were able to create some separation in
the latter stages of the period.

Leading 50-47 with under a minute to play before the half, Salmons put in a
layup and then fed Cousins for a run-out slam with 1.5 ticks left to push the
margin to seven.

But the Celtics got the last laugh in the half, as Garnett kissed a layup off
the glass and in at the horn to pull Boston within 54-49 at the break.

Garnett drained a jumper early in the third frame to pull the Celtics within
59-57, but the Kings answered with six straight points, capped by an emphatic
slam by Thomas, to make it a 65-57 game with seven minutes to go in the
quarter.

Boston could not get closer than seven points for the remainder of the quarter
and went into the fourth trailing 84-73.

Sacramento blew the game wide open in the fourth quarter, outscoring Boston
34-23 in the frame and pushing the lead to as many as 26 points en route to
the easy win.

Game Notes

Boston had won nine of the last 12 matchups between the sides … Sacramento
has won six of its last seven home games … The game featured nine lead
changes and five ties … Sacramento shot 53.7 percent from the floor and 10-
of-20 from three-point range.