Horford, Thomas Lead Celtics Past Kings
By DOUG ALDEN
BOSTON (AP) – Al Horford scored 26 points and blocked six shots, Isaiah Thomas scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half and the Boston Celtics held off the Sacramento Kings 97-92 on Friday night.
Jae Crowder added 24 points and Avery Bradley had 15 points and nine assists for Boston, which needed a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter to pull away and finish off the Kings.
Sacramento outrebounded Boston 51-44, but hurt itself in the final period with turnovers, missed shots and a technical foul called on Matt Barnes as Boston surged ahead.
DeMarcus Cousins led Sacramento with 28 points and nine rebounds. Darren Collison and Rudy Gay scored 13 apiece for the Kings.
The Kings were playing for the first time since Monday. Sacramento’s six-game road trip was interrupted when Wednesday’s game at Philadelphia was postponed because of condensation on the floor.