Struggling Magic end road trip at ARCO
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – The brutal Magic finish up a five-game road
trip tonight when the Sacramento Kings welcome Johnny Davis and Orlando to
The Magic have lost 11 in a row since winning their season-opening win against
the New York Knicks. It is the second-longest skid in franchise history behind
a 17-game losing streak from December 4-January 7, 1992.
The Phoenix Suns spoiled Davis’ Magic coaching debut with a 96-89 victory over
Orlando at America West Arena on Thursday.
Tracy McGrady scored 20 points and dished out seven assists for the Magic in
the loss to the Suns.
Orlando trailed by as many as 13 in the third quarter, but after scoring the
first eight points of the final period, was able to pull within three at
75-72. It was the Magic’s reserves — Andrew DeClercq, Derrick Dial and
Donnell Harvey — that got them back in the contest.
The Suns answered immediately, using an 11-2 run to reclaim a comfortable
cushion. Jake Voskuhl’s lay-in with 5:09 left in the game made it 86-74.
The Magic did get within five at 89-84 with 54 seconds left to play, but
Stephon Marbury and Shawn Marion shut the door on any hopes of a comeback.
Marbury came down court and drove the lane. As the defense converged upon him,
it left Marion wide open for a three-pointer from the corner to seal the
The Magic are 1-5 on the road this season.
The Kings picked up their third straight win on Wednesday evening, defeating
the Utah Jazz, 118-110, at the Delta Center.
Peja Stojakovic poured in a game-high 30 points to lead five Sacramento
players in double figures against Utah. Mike Bibby added 18 points and Brad
Miller contributed 17 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists for the Kings, who
have won four of their last five contests.
Sacramento’s Anthony Peeler added 15 points in the victory over the Jazz,
while Vlade Divac netted 12.
Sacramento shot a blistering 58-percent(40-of-69) from the field against Utah.
The Kings are a perfect 5-0 at home.
In 2002-03, the teams split two contests as each club won on its homecourt.
Overall, Sacramento has won two of three and six of the last eight meetings
between the two squads.