The Orlando Magic have had an up-and-down season to this point. Having played just under one-fourth of the campaign, the Magic have yet to win more than two games in a row. In addition, they have lost at least two consecutive games four times in their first 19 games. This time, they dropped their second straight game against the Sacramento Kings, losing 91-82 on Friday night at Sleep Train Arena.
"I felt pretty decent going into the fourth," Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said. "Even though we got the lead we still missed some shots, a few bunnies at the rim. We had some good looks down the stretch. It doesn't always boil down to the shots at the end of the game. There were a lot of shots throughout the course of the game that didn't go in."
The Kings (6-12) were led by 17 points apiece from DeMarcus Cousins and rookie Isaiah Thomas. Cousins added 14 rebounds and Thomas pulled down five boards. Another first-year player, Jimmer Fredette, notched 15 points, while Jason Thompson had 12 points and six rebounds and Aaron Brooks finished with 11 points.
Orlando (7-12) received 20 points and 11 rebounds from Glen Davis, while Arron Afflalo had 18 points, Jameer Nelson totaled 17 points and six assists, and Andrew Nicholson recorded 14 points and five rebounds.
Neither team shot particularly well, with Sacramento making 32 of 79 (40.5%) shots from the field compared to 30 of 80 (37.5%) for Orlando, while the Kings were 4 of 22 (18.2%) from downtown compared to 4 of 15 (26.7%) for the visitors. Sacramento outrebounded the Magic 51-40.
After winning the first quarter 25-16 and the second quarter 21-18, the Kings lost the third period 30-16 before outscoring Orlando 29-18 in the fourth.
"They made some plays in the fourth quarter," Davis said. "Fredette made some good moves and Isaiah was tough. He really sealed the game the way he played. Those are two tough little guards."
Orlando travels to Phoenix on Sunday at 8:00 pm. The game can be seen on FS Florida.
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