The Kings know Tyreke Evans can attack the basket and score. They believe he can attack on defense, too.

Apparently, so can the Kings as a team.

Evans is seventh in the NBA in steals at 1.83 per game.

"I've got long arms, so I just try to get my hands on the ball and just try to be active, and I've been doing a good job of it so far," Evans said. "Hopefully, I can keep it up."

His teammates have shown they can step up defensively, too. The Kings have held their past five opponents to fewer than 100 points. The best an opponent has shot over that span is 45.1 percent.

They have improved defensively during a tougher part of the schedule that includes 11 of 12 games against playoff contenders.

The Kings are 3-2 in their past five games, including holding the Los Angeles Lakers - the league's fourth-best shooting team at 47.1 percent - to 41.2 percent in Friday's win.

Tuesday, the Kings limited Boston - the league's top shooting team at 49.9 percent - to 44.7 percent to hang around before losing.

"It certainly gives you hope for continuing that," Kings coach Paul Westphal said. "The biggest test yet is coming in Friday (against San Antonio), so I'm not going to sit here and tell you we have it all figured out."

The Kings entered Wednesday allowing the 11th-most points (101.8 per game) and the eighth-highest opponents' shooting percentage (46.9).