ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone didn't hold his tongue about his team's shortcomings on the defensive end following its lopsided loss to Miami.
They responded a night later by supplying him with plenty of offense.
Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas each scored 23 points, and the Kings held off the Orlando Magic 105-100 Saturday night.
The Kings connected on a season-high 12 3-pointers in the victory, helping to end a three-game losing streak. It was their lone victory of a four-game road trip. Marcus Thornton added 15 and DeMarcus Cousins chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds.
"It was a disappointing road trip, but instead of hanging our heads and feeling sorry for ourselves we battled back," Malone said.
The Kings have yet to find a rhythm since acquiring Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray in a trade with Toronto two weeks ago. But Gay said he'll take progress any way it comes.
"You want to win every one, but we got this one, and this will make our road trip a little easier on the road back," he said. "But we've still got a long way to go."
Arron Afflalo led Orlando with 26 points in his return to the lineup after sitting out for the first time this season with an illness Wednesday. Tobias Harris finished with 21 points.
The Magic fell to 0-13 when opponents have scored 100 or more points. They have lost four of their last five, and four straight at home.
The Magic clung to a two-point lead entering the final quarter, but were outscored 18-4 in the first five minutes as the Kings took a 93-81 lead.
Sacramento maintained its cushion until a 3-pointer and layup by Harris got the Magic within 98-93 with 3:25 to play.
After getting a stop on the other end, Afflalo got free on a fast break but his layup attempt rolled off the rim.
Cousins then got a layup, and was fouled. He missed his free throw, but was fouled again. He then made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 101-93.
The Magic kept scrapping, and got down to 101-97 with under a minute to play.
They had the ball with 55.4 seconds, but turned it over on the inbounds play when Afflalo slipped near the sideline and Victor Oladipo's pass sailed over his head and out of bounds.