Big shooting night lifts Kings over Magic, 125-101

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 27, 2013 at 10:07 pm •  Published: February 27, 2013
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The Kings started a little sluggish before ending the first quarter on a 29-9 run to take a 14-point lead into the second.

The momentum carried over as Sacramento led by as many 25 points and was up a comfortable 67-44 at halftime.

Sacramento had five players in double-figures by the break and hit shots from everywhere, shooting 62 percent in the half (28 for 45). The Kings also got several runouts that led to easy fast-break points. The Magic came in at just 35 percent (15 of 42).

"We've had stretches like this earlier in the season, where we're moving the ball ... then we kind of take a step back," Salmons said. "Just have to stay consistent on moving the ball like we have been doing. We need to focus on our defense and give ourselves a chance."

Orlando has little time to stew over its latest poor effort, though, hosting Houston on Friday.

Magic coach Jacque Vaughn refused to give his team a pass for its shortcomings, despite playing six games in just nine nights.

"That's part of the NBA," he 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."

NOTES: Magic PG Jameer Nelson missed his fourth straight game with a left patella contusion. ... Smart said that C Cole Aldrich, who was acquired as part of the Houston trade last week, is expected to join the team Friday when Sacramento ends its current five-game road trip in San Antonio. He has been finishing up some medical testing. ... Orlando dropped to 2-8 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

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