Kings knock off fading Magic
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Kevin Martin scored 20 points, as the
Sacramento Kings rallied for a 95-83 victory over the Orlando Magic, who are
fighting for their playoff lives, at Amway Arena.
Ron Artest scored 19 points for the Kings, who snapped a five-game losing
streak. Mike Bibby scored 16 points, and John Salmons netted 13 points. Brad
Miller added 12 rebounds for Sacramento, which is just 11-23 on the road this
campaign and will conclude its five-game swing on Monday in Atlanta.
Jameer Nelson scored 23 points for Orlando, which continues to slide down the
Eastern Conference standings and has lost four of its last five. The team is
currently in a race with four other squads for the last two playoff spots in
the conference, with little separation between the clubs. The Magic are now
tied with Indiana for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
The Magic now hit the road for a quick two-game swing against Miami and
Toronto, two teams above them in the conference standings.
Trevor Ariza scored 17 points, J.J. Redick 12, and Dwight Howard added 12
boards for the Magic, who are 20-14 at home this season. Forward Darko Milicic
(strained lower back) returned to notch 10 points.
The Magic cut their deficit to just two, 81-79, on Ariza’s jumper with 3:05
remaining, but Sacramento rattled off the next 11 points to seal the victory.
With the game going back and forth through the early minutes, Orlando closed
the first quarter on a 6-2 spurt and Nelson’s pair of free throws with seven
ticks left put the Magic ahead, 25-21, heading into the second.
The Magic started pulling away in the second on an 8-0 spurt capped by a pair
of Ariza free throws with just under three minutes remaining for a 47-34 lead,
and led 52-42 at halftime.
Orlando maintained control for most of the third quarter, until Sacramento
exploded on a 17-2 burst down the stretch finished by a pair of Salmons
jumpers, as the Kings edged a 67-64 lead heading into the fourth and never
Sacramento shot 42-for-48 from the free-throw line, while Orlando went 20-
for-25…Orlando had a two-game winning streak against the Kings
snapped…Nelson’s game-winning three-pointer with 1.7 seconds left lifted the
Magic over the Kings, 92-89, on December 4.