Kings End Skid In Orlando


Feb 27, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Sacramento Kings head coach Keith Smart talks with point guard Isaiah Thomas (22), power forward James Johnson (52) and shooting guard Marcus Thornton (23) during the third quarter at Amway Center. Sacramento defeated Orlando 125-101. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings played their best game of the season as they beat the Magic 125-101. The Kings had built a 33 point lead going into the fourth quarter before putting in their reserves for the remainder of the game.

The Kings were coming off a double overtime loss to the Miami Heat the night before, and showed little to no effect of playing their second game in as many nights.

John Salmons led the Kings with 21 points on a superb night from the field, going 7-9, and 4-5 from beyond the three point arc. Salmons also added 5 assists. Tyreke Evans played as well as he has this year scoring 17 points on 7-11 from the field and adding 7 assists. Marcus Thornton was once agina big off the bench with 20 points. Demarcus Cousins was almost unstoppable in the first half, but ended up having a relatively quiet night scoring 13 points and dishing out 4 assists.

Patrick Patterson played valuable minutes as he scored 13 points off the bench, and was a very disruptive force on the defensive end. Patterson showed his value to the Kings as he was very tough on both ends of the floor, and gave almost no advantage as he substituted for Cousins or Thompson.

James Johnson took advantage of his minutes in the final quarter as he scored 10 points, and kept the Magic from making any sort of run.

Tobias Harris was the only Magic player to have any type of decent scoring night, but unfortunately hescored the majority of his points in the final quarter with most of the Kings starters on the bench.

The Kings had 31 assists, and played as team for the entire evening. Their ability to pass the ball and find the open man, made them a very hard team to defend against. The Kings had several big plays as they showed what calibre of a team they could be if they played together consistently.

The Kings with travel to San Antonio tonight as they will have a day of rest tomorrow in preparation for their game Friday. The Kings have played as well as they have in consecutive games all season. If They can find a way to continue to play at the level they have in the last two games of this road trip, they will have a good chance of beating the Spurs.