The Sacramento Kings and Orlando Magic have two of the youngest teams in the NBA, but it was the Kings who received more production from their youngsters, defeating the Magic 125-101 on Wednesday night at the Amway Center.
"At the end of the day the games' about wins and losses," Magic forward Al Harrington said. "We wanted to win. Unfortunately we ran into a hot team. They make a lot of jump shots, when we tried to get adjusted to that they made a layup. Just one of those nights when we couldn't get a stop."
Sacramento (20-39) was paced by 21 points from John Salmons, who finished 7 of 9 from the field, while Marcus Thornton had 20 points and eight rebounds, Tyreke Evans recorded 17 points and seven assists and Patrick Patterson, DeMarcus Cousins and Jimmer Fredette notched 13 points apiece, with Patterson and Cousins adding seven boards and six boards respectively. James Johnson also reached double figures in points with 10.
The Magic (16-42) got a career-high 23 points from Tobias Harris, who has tallied double digits in points in each of his first three games since coming over from the Milwaukee Bucks. Harris also pulled down six rebounds, while Arron Afflalo had 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Beno Udrih finished with 14 points and eight assists, Moe Harkless totaled 12 points and E'Twaun Moore scored 11 points.
The Kings shot a torrid 54.8% (46 of 84) from the field and 45.5% (10 of 22) from 3-point range, whereas Orlando finished 37 of 83 (44.6%) from the field and 6 of 19 (31.6%) from long range. Sacramento outrebounded the Magic 40-38, held a 56-44 advantage on points in the paint and totaled 25 fast break points compared to eight for the hosts. The Kings also converted 18 Orlando turnovers into 20 points.
Sacramento outscored the Magic 36-22, 31-22 and 31-24 in the first three quarters before being beaten 33-27 in the fourth.
"That's part of the NBA," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "There's a bunch of guys in that locker room where they haven't played six games in nine nights before. So this is new and the thing is to learn from is so when it happens the next time we're better."
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