Sacramento Sinks Triples and Orlando Magic
The Magic are spiraling out of control, having now lost 8 of their last 10 contests and four straight at home after a 105-100 disappointing defeat to the Sacramento Kings. It came in front of what must be a regular season Amway Center worst of 14,283 spectators. The away side drilled 12-of-23 from 3-point range, 8-for-11 in the first half, and the Magic would pay dearly for their 4-of-11 points in the paint shooting woes in the fourth period, and their 9 free throw misses on the evening. The Kings received 23 points each from Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas, while the Magic were led by a returning Arron Afflalo who notched twenty-six.
- Sacramento entered Orlando on their fourth contest in five nights after getting mauled in Miami on Friday. The Magic had won seven of the last 10 outings overall against the Kings and 7 of the last 11 meetings in O-Town.
- Arron Afflalo found himself back in the starting lineup, but Oladipo was sent back to bench. With Tobias in place of the Hoosier, Victor’s 16th consecutive start streak ended. It was Orlando’s 8th different starting lineup of the ’13-’14 campaign.
- You knew it was quiet early on when you could hear a cowbell from a Kings fan up in section 216. Orlando began the night 4-of-4 thanks to two Jameer 3-pointers. The lack of defense from both squads was quite enjoyable.
- Orlando led 31-25 after one period thanks to 61.1 FG% (11-of-18) shooting, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Afflalo and Nelson each had seven points. Kings hung around thanks to ten from Isaiah Thomas.
- Nice to see Doron Lamb replace E’Twaun when it came to drilling pretty running floaters. Lamb had not scored a bucket since December 6th at the New York Knicks.
- Orlando led 58-56 at halftime while shooting 51.2 FG%. That’s the most points Orlando has posted so far this season in a first half. Kings can thank their 8-of-11 3-point shooting for keeping it close. Both sides displaying their defensive flaws. Rudy Gay followed a scoreless first period with 10 in the second. Afflalo at the break had thirteen, and Jameer 11.
- I lost count of how many mistakes Glen Davis made during Sacramento’s 10-2 run to open the third period. Magic were sleepwalking and the Kings look rejuvenated for a team that should be fatigued.
- Glen Davis limped off with 4:23 left in the third period and Orlando up 71-70 after he redeemed himself for some shoddy output. Big Baby finished with 10 points and 8 boards on 5-of-8 shooting.
- Thanks to outstanding hustle teamwork between Harkless and Oladipo, Orlando regained the lead again late in the third and entered the final period of regulation up 77-75. Magic held the Kings to 0-of-3 shooting from 3-ball range in that third.
- Sacramento burst out of the 4th quarter gates with an 18-4 run as once again Orlando looked sluggish at a terrible time. Not much explanation for this schizophrenic play. Orlando was down 12, Glen Davis checked in with 7:39 to go in the contest.
- Arron Afflalo missed two technical foul free throw attempts tonight. I think Jacque needs to switch that responsibility over to Jameer or someone else.
- With 3:25 to go in regulation, Tobias Harris picked an ideal time to go on a 5-0 run, get the Magic within 5, and notched a new season-high in scoring of 21 points on the evening.
- But Nikola Vucevic fouled out with 2:37 left in the ball game on a Cousins And 1 play. Nik only managed 4 points and 9 rebounds on 2-of-6 shooting. Despite Tobias’ heroics, the Magic continuously shot themselves in the foot with missed free throws and close shot blunders.
Orlando will host the Knicks on Monday for their third consecutive contest of this 6-game home stand.
Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor.