Sacramento Sizzles in Orlando
The Orlando Magic lost Wednesday evening 125-101 in what can only be described as a Sacramento sautéing of the home side. The Kings had nine players score 8+ points and finished the game shooting a red hot 54.8 FG%. The Magic were destroyed 25-8 on fast-break points and provided no match for their guests’ dominance of the paint and 3-point line. The lone bright spot came from Magic newcomer Tobias Harris who tallied a career-high 23 points. The new #12 is continuing to impress just three games into his tenure.
If the Kings continue playing this well, Sacramento should fight to the death to make sure their franchise doesn’t end up in Seattle. After coming off a double overtime loss in Miami Tuesday night, Sacramento looked like the MUCH more active and energetic squad. Kings led after one period 36-22 thanks to knockdown shooting (pretty sure they made 11 of 10 shots…) and comitting no turnovers. Sacramento’s hot shooting lasted the entire half. Keith Smart’s crew shot 62.2 FG% those initial 24 minutes and led by twenty-three at the break.
It didn’t get better. You’re a trooper if you viewed any of the second half.
Al Harrington got a great ovation from the 16,722 Amway Center spectators when he unexpectedly checked in for his first Magic home game. His 1-for-7 showing didn’t come close to matching the high he felt in Philly the previous night, but it was good to see him able to get up and down the court on a back-to-back.
Just like in January, the Magic finish February with 2 victories in the month and haven’t won consecutive games since December 19th. Hopefully March is much kinder as the Houston Rockets head to town on Friday.
Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor.