Turkoglu leads Magic in OT win over Kings
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Hedo Turkoglu scored a game-high 22 points and
the Orlando Magic rallied from a double-digit halftime deficit to beat the
Sacramento Kings, 83-78, in overtime at TD Waterhouse Centre.
Dwight Howard posted a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds, while
Steve Francis did a little bit of everything with 18 points, nine boards and
DeShawn Stevenson added 13 points for Orlando, which won its third straight
overall and its sixth straight at home.
Mike Bibby netted 17 points and Brad Miller recorded a double-double with 16
points and 11 rebounds for Sacramento, which had its three-game winning streak
Trailing for most of the final three periods, Orlando finally tied the game in
the closing seconds of regulation.
Turkoglu went right around the slower Miller and converted a layup to bring
the Magic within 74-72 with 57.6 ticks left. After a defensive stop, Francis
shielded his body from Miller and laid it in to tie the score at 74-74.
Sacramento had a chance to win the contest at the buzzer, but Orlando ran two
defenders at Bibby forcing the guard to pass the ball to Miller, who missed a
25-foot jumper off the front rim.
The offensive futility continued in overtime.
After Kenny Thomas was whistled for a technical foul allowing Orlando to seize
a 78-76 lead, Jason Hart missed a game-tying jumper from the baseline.
Francis misfired on the other end and Shareef Abdur-Rahim calmly drained two
free throws to square the contest with 42.5 seconds remaining.
Orlando decided to not call timeout and Francis used a ball fake to get Hart
up in the air and draw a foul. The guard made both from the charity stripe
with 23.3 seconds left.
Abdur-Rahim drove baseline trying to tie the contest, but Howard altered the
shot and Francis was fouled. He again made two free throws with 5.2 ticks left
to seal the victory.
Sacramento went 0-of-9 from the floor in the extra session.
After a tight first period, Sacramento outscored the Magic 30-18 in the second
stanza to take a 50-39 lead at the half.
However, the Kings would score fewer points in the final two quarters and
overtime than they did in the second period.
Sacramento tied a season-low with nine third-quarter points, allowing Orlando
to trim the deficit to 59-56.
Peja Stojakovic tallied 14 points and grabbed eight boards in the loss…Tony
Battie pulled down 10 rebounds to go along with nine points in the
victory…Orlando made 25-of-31 from the charity stripe, while Sacramento
converted on 9-of-11 attempts…Sacramento has lost 10 of its last 14 meetings