SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Winning consecutive games this season has been a difficult task for the Sacramento Kings. They hadn't even won two in a row at home since last year — until Friday night.
DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Rudy Gay added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Kings beat the undersized Orlando Magic 103-83.
The Kings won back-to-back home games for the first time since a three-game string in March 2013. It was only the third time all season that the Kings registered consecutive victories.
"I continue to learn and try to figure out this Rubik's Cube," Kings coach Michael Malone joked.
It's been a trying season for the first-year coach, who has seen the Kings defeat some of the league's better teams, but not display the same effort against teams with losing records. And too many times the result has been a loss.
The Kings have been impressive recently against some of the NBA's upper-echelon teams, defeating Miami, Houston and Portland.
"This is a big win for us, we needed to back it up," said Gay, referencing Tuesday's impressive victory over Portland.
Cousins delivered offensively against Orlando, making 9 of 16 shots, hitting all six free throws, and adding six assists and three steals.
Gay, acquired in a trade with Toronto early this season, delivered a strong overall game as well. He made 8 of 13 shots and had five assists.
The Kings are 6-8 since Gay joined the team.
"Rudy has helped us out so much and gives us another option offensively," Cousins said. "He's been a great addition."
Tobias Harris had 16 points and Aaron Afflalo scored 15 for Orlando, which matched a season high with its sixth straight loss.
The Magic didn't have a starter taller than 6-foot-9 and set season lows for points and shooting (33 percent).
Orlando was without starting center Nik Vucevic for a second straight game. Vucevic, averaging 13 points and 11 rebounds, was sent back to Orlando on Wednesday after sustaining a concussion during Monday night's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
"Let me check my watch here. I don't think they are going to cancel that game tomorrow (in Denver), so you better get ready," Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said he told his team after the lopsided loss.