Kings dominate as Magic lose sixth straight
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Rudy Gay added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings beat the undersized Orlando Magic 103-83 Friday night.
The Kings won back-to-back home games for the first time since a three-game string in March 2013.
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. Vuceviv, 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.
Victor Oladipo had 13 points and Glen Davis added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic.
Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson each scored 14 points for the Kings. Jimmer Fredette had 11 and Isaiah Thomas contributed nine points and seven rebounds.
The Kings have been impressive recently against some of the NBA’s upper-echelon teams, defeating Miami, Houston and Portland. But Sacramento has not typically shown the same enthusiasm when facing teams with losing records.
The Magic cut the lead to nine points several times in the fourth quarter. But Williams scored six points in as the Kings went on a 12-0 run.
A fastbreak dunk by Williams that came off a cross-court pass by Cousins put the Kings ahead 97-75.
Cousins scored 10 points and Thomas had nine in third quarter when Sacramento opened a 76-64 lead. The Kings made 13 of 14 free throws in the quarter.
Ahead by six points at the half, the Kings quickly extended their lead. They made six straight free throws, the final four by Thomas, to take a 68-51 lead.
Fredette scored eight points in a 65-second span in the second quarter, making a pair of 3s.
NOTES: Thomas, who was scoreless at halftime, missed all six shots in the first quarter when the Kings trailed 24-18. Orlando shot 4 of 17 in the second quarter when it was outscored 28-16. … The Magic are 3-15 on the road this season. They conclude a five-game road trip by meeting Denver on Saturday and playing Dallas on Monday. … The Kings made 18 of 19 free throws.