The Sacramento Kings snapped their six game losing streak in impressive fashion tonight, dominating the Magic from start to finish for their largest margin of victory on the road this season. John Salmons led the team in scoring with 21 points and Marcus Thornton had another good game with 20 points.
I was initially worried that the Kings would come out sluggish or fatigued tonight after expending so much effort in yesterday's loss to the Miami Heat, but fortunately I was wrong. While Orlando and the Kings traded baskets for the first half of the first quarter, the Kings kept their collective foot on the accelerator to take a double digit lead that they never looked back from.
Sacramento's bench, unlike in Miami, saw plenty of time and made the most of it. As previously stated, Marcus Thornton kept up his scoring with 20 points in just under 23 minutes, but he also ended up leading the entire game in rebounding with 8. Jimmer Fredette, who received a DNP-CD in Miami got an early start due to two quick fouls against Isaiah Thomas at the beginning of the game. Orlando's E'Twaun Moore immediately went on to hit three consecutive threes on Fredette over the ensuing possessions. Fredette didn't let that phase him and he ended up having a very solid game, scoring 13 points (including three triples of his own) with 4 assists and 2 steals in 27 minutes.
Patrick Patterson had his best game yet as a King, the first in which he actually got an extended look. Patterson played about 26 minutes and scoring 13 points on 5-8 shooting to go with 7 rebounds. Perhaps my favorite thing about Patterson is how hard he cuts to the basket. His teammates are rewarding him for his effort too, as evidenced by this ridiculous Tyreke Evans assist that needs to be all over SportsCenter:
As TZ mentioned on Twitter, those have to be two of Tyreke's best assists of his career and they happened back to back. Tyreke played just 26 minutes, but Orlando did not have an answer for him at all. He finished with 17 points (7-11 from the field), 7 assists and 4 steals.
Toney Douglas saw playing time for the first time since being acquired by Sacramento and did well in his limited minutes. Douglas finished with 8 points on 3-4 shooting (1-2 from three) and also had 4 assists and 2 steals. He kept the team playing at a fast pace, something that only Isaiah Thomas has been able to do on a consistent basis for the Kings so far.
John Salmons, who led the Kings in scoring, continued his ridiculously hot three point shooting, making 4 of 5 from long range and 7 of 9 overall. After tonight, Salmons has made 15 of his last 20 three point attempts and is now at 41.1% from three for the year. But Salmons shooting wasn't the highlight of the night for him, it was this slam that got the Kings bench up on their feet:
Orlando was without the services of Jameer Nelson and started E'Twaunn Moore in his place. Moore finished with 11 points and 5 assists. Newly acquired forward Tobias Harris led the Magic in scoring with 23 points on a very efficient 9-12 from the field and former King Beno "Yeti" Udrih added 14 points and 8 assists off of the Orlando bench.
Here We Stay Orlando was also in full effect, as you can see from the above photo. "Sac-ra-men-to!" chants even broke out for a little bit in the fourth quarter.
Sacramento will finish up it's five-game road trip on Friday in San Antonio before returning home for much of March.
For the opponent's perspective, visit the always fantastic Orlando Pinstriped Post.