There was a level of embarrassment the Kings wanted to avoid.

The coaching staff didn’t mention it in the pregame talk, but all the players knew the Philadelphia 76ers entered Wednesday night’s game with a 17-game losing streak.

And despite their own struggles, the Kings weren’t capable of losing to the woeful 76ers, coasting to a 115-98 victory to end their three-game losing streak.

“We were conscious (of the streak), and of course you don’t want to be that team that they end the streak on,” Kings center DeMarcus Cousins said.

The Kings (23-42) improved to 2-3 on their seven-game trip, which continues Saturday at Chicago.

Considering the last three losses, the Kings were just happy to beat anyone.

“Absolutely,” Cousins said. “We played some good ball. I think we did a pretty decent job defensively. We still made some mistakes, but we’ll take the win.”

While the players admittedly wanted no part of being the skid-breaking squad, Kings coach Michael Malone said the way the 76ers had played lately was never on his mind.

“We didn’t mention it once,” Malone said. “Our whole thing was we’re worried about the Sacramento Kings. We’d lost three games in a row.”

The Kings couldn’t get on track offensively during their losing streak, averaging 88.3 points. But the 76ers were the perfect opponent in that regard.

Philadelphia entered Wednesday allowing a league-high 111 points per game and didn’t do enough to keep Sacramento from surpassing the average.

The Kings had five players score in double figures, led by Rudy Gay’s 27 points. They attempted 50 free throws, making 40, and had 21 assists. It was just the second time in six games the Kings had at least 20 assists.

“Anytime you can have a night where your offense kind of clicks and you score 115 points, that always helps,” Malone said. “And a win is a win, I don’t care who you are. To win (Wednesday) and win the way we did, to play the way we’d like to play throughout is going to build your confidence.”