If the Sacramento Kings were at all tired after their marathon loss to Miami on Tuesday night, it didn't show. John Salmons had 21 points...
ORLANDO, Fla. — If the Sacramento Kings were at all tired after their marathon loss to Miami on Tuesday night, it didn’t show.
John Salmons had 21 points to lead six players in double figures, helping the hot-shooting Sacramento Kings cruise to a 125-101 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
The Kings were coming off a double-overtime loss to the Heat, but showed few signs of a hangover, knocking down 10 three-pointers and shooting 54 percent. They also shared the ball, finishing with 31 assists.
Reserve Marcus Thornton added 20 points, leading a bench that produced 64 points.
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“When we play the type of basketball that we played tonight, we’re a tough team to beat, and the night before as well,” Kings center DeMarcus Cousins said. “These past two nights are probably the best basketball we played all season.”
The win ends a six-game losing streak and snaps a string of nine consecutive road losses. It also marks the Kings’ first season sweep of the Magic in nine years.
It’s just a speck on what has been a dismal year, but was still a night Sacramento coach Keith Smart hopes his team files away for future reference.
“The problem with our team is that when they give up on who succeeds and allow the team to function first, they’ve been able to play and compete against everyone,” he said. “It all comes down to if our guys can be selfless and give themselves up.”
Tobias Harris led the Magic with a career-high 23 points. Orlando has lost 29 of its past 33 games.
KINGS 125, MAGIC 101
Percentages: FG .548, FT .793. Three-point goals: 10-22, .455 (Salmons 4-5, Fredette 3-4, Thornton 2-8, Douglas 1-2, Johnson 0-1, Patterson 0-1, Thomas 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Team turnovers: 13 (15 PTS). Blocked shots: 3 (Cousins, Johnson, Patterson). Turnovers: 13 (Johnson 3, Fredette 2, Hayes 2, Patterson 2, Thornton 2, Douglas, Evans). Steals: 12 (Evans 4, Johnson 3, Douglas 2, Fredette 2, Thomas). Technical fouls: Johnson, 0:44.0 third.
Percentages: FG .446, FT .840. Three-point goals: 6-19, .316 (Moore 3-5, Harkless 1-2, Harris 1-2, Udrih 1-2, Afflalo 0-2, Jones 0-2, Harrington 0-4). Team rebounds: 5. Team turnovers: 18 (20 PTS). Blocked shots: 2 (Nicholson 2). Turnovers: 18 (Afflalo 6, Udrih 4, Harris 2, Vucevic 2, Harkless, Jones, Moore, O’Quinn). Steals: 6 (Harris 2, Udrih 2, Afflalo, Nicholson). Technical fouls: None.
|Sacramento||36||31||31||27 — 125|
|Orlando||22||22||24||33 — 101|
Attendance: 16,722 (18,500). Time: 2:11. Officials: Scott Foster, Tony Brown, Kevin Fehr.