Big shooting night lifts Kings over Magic, 125-101
Posted at: 02/27/2013 10:08 PM
By KYLE HIGHTOWER
(AP) ORLANDO, Fla. - John Salmons had 21 points to lead six players in double-figures and the hot-shooting Sacramento Kings cruised to a 125-101 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
The Kings were coming off a double -overtime loss to Miami on Tuesday, but showed few signs of a hangover, knocking down 10 3-pointers. Reserve Marcus Thornton added 20 points.
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.
Tobias Harris led the Magic with 23 points, followed by Arron Afflalo with 15.
Orlando has lost 29 of its last 33 games and hasn’t won back-to-back games since mid-December.
The Magic resume their three-game home stand Friday against Houston.
The Kings led by as many as 33 in the second half and didn’t let up until late as their field goal percentage hovered near 60 percent.
They also took care of the ball, committing no turnovers in the third quarter.
Orlando was a step behind throughout with 18 turnovers that led to 20 Sacramento points.
The Kings started a little sluggish before ending the first quarter on a 29-9 run to take a 14-point lead into the second.
The momentum carried over as Sacramento’s lead rose as high as 25 and was a comfortable 67-44 at halftime.
Sacramento had five players in double-figures by the break and hit shots from everywhere, shooting 62 percent in the half (28 for 45). The Magic came in at just 35 percent (15 of 42).
Orlando also didn’t help itself by giving up 15 points on nine turnovers.
NOTES: Magic PG Jameer Nelson missed his fourth straight game with a left patella contusion. ... Kings coach Keith Smart said C Cole Aldrich, who was acquired as part of the Houston trade last week, is expected to join the team Friday when Sacramento ends its current five-game road trip in San Antonio. ... Orlando dropped to 2-8 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.
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