Big shooting night lifts Kings over Magic, 125-101
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — If the Sacramento Kings were at all tired after their marathon loss to Miami on Tuesday night, it didn't show.
John Salmons had 21 points to lead six players in double-figures, helping the hot-shooting Sacramento Kings cruise to a 125-101 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
The Kings were coming off a double-overtime loss to the Heat, but showed few signs of a hangover, knocking down 10 3-pointers and shooting 54 percent (46 of 84) for the night. They also shared the ball, finishing with 31 assists.
Reserve Marcus Thornton added 20 points, leading a bench that produced 64 points.
"When we play the type of basketball that we played tonight, we're a tough team to beat, and the night before as well," Kings' center DeMarcus Cousins said. "These past two nights are probably the best basketball we played all season."
The win ends a six-game losing streak and snaps a string of nine consecutive road losses. It also marks the Kings' first season sweep of the Magic in nine years.
It's just a speck on what has been a dismal year, but was still a night Sacramento coach Keith Smart hopes his team files away for future reference.
"The problem with our team is that when they give up on who succeeds and allow the team to function first, they've been able to play and compete against everyone," he said. "It all comes down to if our guys can be selfless and give themselves up."
Tobias Harris led the Magic with a career-high 23 points, followed by Arron Afflalo with 15.
Orlando has lost 29 of its last 33 games and still hasn't won back-to-back games since mid-December.
The Kings led by as many as 33 in the second half and didn't let up until late, as their field goal percentage hovered near 60 percent.
They also took care of the ball, committing no turnovers in the third quarter.
Orlando was a step behind throughout with 18 turnovers that led to 20 Sacramento points.
"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."