Kings dismantle Magic 125-101

Kings dismantle Magic 125-101

Courtesy of Orlando Magic

Tobias Harris had 23 points and five rebounds in the loss to the Kings.

ORLANDO – Tobias Harris had 23 points and five rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Orlando Magic fell to the Sacramento Kings 125-101 on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the Amway Arena in downtown Orlando.

“They came out tonight, they came ready,” said Harris after the game. “They gave us that first punch real early and it was hard for us to regroup after that.

“As a team, we have to just come in tomorrow, watch film and get ready for the next game.”

John Salmons led all Sacramento scorers with 21 points, while adding five assists for the Kings.

Sacramento also received help from Marcus Thornton, who scored 20 and added eight rebounds for his team off the bench.

E’Twaun Moore started the night 3-for-3 from behind the three point line, giving the Magic a 13-7 lead early in the quarter.

Coming out of a timeout the Kings went on a 29-7, giving them a 36-20 lead with 39 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

“We didn’t bring the energy from yesterday,” said Magic guard Beno Udrih after the game. “So that’s how it is in the NBA, you have to stay focused every day, you have to bring 100 percent, and today we didn’t. So we paid for it. Now we have to let it go and in a couple days we have a new game.”

The Magic were outscored by the Kings 31-22 during the second quarter, as Orlando went into the locker room at halftime trailing 67-44.

Defense wasn’t the Magic’s strong suit during the first half of Wednesday’s game, as they allowed a season high 67 points.

“I just think we saw better the night before,” said head coach Jacque Vaughn of his team’s defense. “And that’s going to be our task going forward, being able to repeat the good every single night. Every single play, am I doing my job? Can I keep doing it over and over again, and that’s a tough thing to do in this league.

“The good teams end up doing it each possession, every night, every week. They just keep doing it over and over again.”

Orlando went into the fourth quarter trailing 98-68. Sacramento’s 98 points in the first three quarters was equivalent to the Magic’s 98 points in Tuesday’s entire game against the 76ers.

None of the Kings’ five starters played a minute of the fourth quarter, as Sacramento head coach Keith Smart decided to get some reserves into the game.

Arron Afflalo finished the game with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists. While teammate Udrih had 14 points, eight assists and two steals off the bench for the Magic.

“I think it’s been a lot easier than I thought it was going to be just because of the coaching staff and players,” said Harris about the transition to a new team. “They’re really embracing us as new guys coming on. I’ve played with Beno so he knows where I like my spot on the floor.”

Al Harrington played his second consecutive game for Orlando after sitting out most of the season with a knee injury. Harrington had three points and four rebounds in a little over 12 minutes of play.

“I was trying to get a lift from the bench and Al came in and tried to take charges for us which was great,” said Vaughn about Harrington. “Got a couple of shots for us, open looks, and we’ll trust going forward that he’ll be making those shots for us and I think we’re all confident when he shoots the basketball.”

With the loss Orlando’s record falls to 16-42, while going 2-18 during their last 20 games.

The Magic play again on Friday, March 1 at home against the Houston Rockets. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.