NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, January 10th
(All times Eastern)
Orlando Magic (10-25) at Sacramento Kings (11-22), 10 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Orlando Magic are mired in a five-game losing streak
and will resume their western jaunt Friday against the Sacramento Kings.
The Magic are winless (0-2) so far on the trip and suffered their third road
loss in a row with Wednesday's 110-94 setback at Portland. All five Orlando
starters scored 10 or more points and Arron Afflalo led the way with 22 points
on 7-of-14 shooting.
Jameer Nelson contributed 17 points, 10 assists and five rebounds, while Glen
Davis (16), Victor Oladipo (14) and Tobias Harris (11) rounded out the double-
Orlando led 51-45 at halftime and 75-71 heading into the fourth quarter, but
the Trail Blazers outscored the Magic, 39-19, in the final stanza. Portland
outscored Orlando, 42-24, in the paint.
"We contained the 3-point shooting in the first three quarters and they end up
making 3's in the fourth," Orlando head coach Jacque Vaughn said. "That's a
The Magic, who are trying to avoid their second six-game slide of the season,
own a 3-14 record outside Amway Center and will also make stops in Denver and
Dallas on this sojourn.
Sacramento is 1-2 on its five-game homestand and recorded a 123-119 victory
versus the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
The Kings were led by DeMarcus Cousins, who had 35 points and 13 rebounds.
Rudy Gay recorded 32 points and Isaiah Thomas netted 22, lifting the Kings to
a 7-13 home record.
"I'm going to focus on the 13 points allowed in the third and the 43 percent
shooting we held them to," Kings coach Mike Malone said. "I thought we
defended at a very high level."
Sacramento's 123 points were a season high and the team has scored 100-plus
points in 16 of the last 17 contests, including the last 10 games.
The Kings will also host Cleveland on this homestand and defeated Orlando,
105-100, on Dec. 21 in the Magic Kingdom. Sacramento has won three straight
against the Magic.
01/10 10:33:15 ET