March 10, 2018, 12:22 am
A sloppy game to say the least resulted in a 94-88 Kings victory.
The Kings and Magic combined for a total of 32 turnovers and both teams shot barely above 40 percent for the game. The two teams knocked down nine 3-pointers as the difference for the most part came in the paint. The Kings outscored the Magic 48-30 in the key and absolutely dominated the glass with 50 boards compared to just 34 for Orlando.
Sacramento and Orlando both were without some of their top talent as De’Aaron Fox and Willie Cauley-Stein sat for the Kings and Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier didn’t suit up for the Magic.
Both teams struggled from the field in the first quarter as the Kings shot just 38.1 percent and the Magic hit only 33.3 percent of their attempts. Vince Carter was incredibly active for Sacramento and had three points, a steal, a block and a rebound in just six minutes of action.
The Kings led 22-14 at the end of one but it wasn’t because of any help from Buddy Hield. Hield was unable to connect on two attempts and was stripped of the ball at the end of the period to close the quarter. The Kings ran a play specifically to free Hield up but he missed a good look at the top of the arc.
In the second quarter, it was much of the same; offensive struggle as both teams combined for 21 first half turnovers.
The constant misplay of possessions, however, didn’t turn into much on the other end as the Magic scored just 10 points off 12 Sacramento turnovers and the Kings scored just four points off nine Orlando giveaways.
The Kings, though, did take advantage of Orlando’s weak interior defense as Skal Labissiere and Kosta Koufos helped lead Sacramento to 24 points in the paint.
Labissiere finished the half with eight points and five boards and Koufos finished with a solid 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Magic were able to trim the Kings’ lead to just five at 41-36 largely in part to their outside shooting. The Kings let the Magic try their hand from beyond the 3-point line and, after missing all four of their tries in the first, they were able to knock down 3-of-8 in the second.
In the third quarter, the Kings turned it up and stretched their lead to 15. The Magic, though, got the lead down to single digits before the Kings, led by Garrett Temple’s big quarter, ended the period up 12.
Temple dropped 14 points in the third and capped off the quarter with a 3-pointer.
The final period of the game seemed to be the most uptempo of the game as both teams once again struggled to keep control of their offense.
Jack Cooley led off the scoring in the quarter for the Kings and the rest of the Kings played with Cooley’s aggressive demeanor.
After the Magic once again got the lead down to single digits, a Bogdan Bogdanovic dagger all but wrapped up the game with a few minutes to play.
Bogdanovic finished the game with just eight points but he dished out 10 assists for the Kings.