Thomas shines with 27 as Kings beat Celtics 118-96


AP

SACRAMENTO, California — Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points and made one of Sacramento’s two four-point plays in the second half as the Kings handed Boston Celtics their third consecutive lopsided loss on a California road swing, 118-96.

John Salmons added 23 points off the bench, Jason Thompson scored 20 and DeMarcus Cousins had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double for the Kings, who ended the calendar year by winning their sixth home game out of the last seven.

The Celtics are going in the other direction after handily beating Brooklyn on Christmas Day. They followed that win with a trip to California to face the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State and Sacramento and got outscored by 69 points in losing all three.

Paul Pierce and Jason Terry both scored 20 points for Boston.

Pistons 96, Bucks 94 In Auburn Hills, Tayshaun Prince made two free throws with 10.9 seconds left to give Detroit a victory over Milwaukee after the Pistons blew a 14-point lead.

Prince scored 20 points, and Greg Monroe added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, which had five players in double figures. Charlie Villanueva and Brandon Knight added 11 points apiece, and Jason Maxiell scored 10.

Monta Ellis had 30 points and nine assists, and Erson Ilyasova scored 24 for the Bucks.

Both teams were coming off wins over the defending NBA champion Miami Heat.