SACRAMENTO — Kings coach Keith Smart found out 30 minutes before Friday night’s game against the Orlando Magic that swingman Tyreke Evans left knee would keep him out of the contest.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and reserve guard Isaiah Thomas also scored 17 to help the Sacramento Kings beat the Orlando Magic 91-82 on Friday night.
SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento Kings used a strong fourth-quarter performance Friday night to hold off the Orlando Magic for a 91-82 victory in front of an announced crowd of 16,305 at Sleep Train Arena.
Al Jefferson scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz to an 87-81 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Al Jefferson scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz to an 87-81 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
SALT LAKE CITY – Al Jefferson scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds before leaving in the final moments with an apparent back injury in the Utah Jazz’s 87-81 win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — If this season for the Orlando Magic is about learning how to do things without Dwight Howard, finding motivation is no longer one of them.
OAKLAND — J.J. Redick scored 10 of his 22 points in a long-distance flurry early in the fourth quarter Monday night, propelling the Orlando Magic into a double-digit lead on its way to a 102-94 victory over the previously streaking Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Glen Davis and Arron Afflalo scored 24 points apiece, and the Orlando Magic outlasted the Golden State Warriors 102-94 on Monday night for their second straight victory.
The Los Angeles Lakers’ Jekyll and Hyde act continued apace this weekend, with a Friday night blitzing (17 3-pointers, 54 percent shooting, a 28-and-20 performance by Dwight Howard and 122 points) of the Denver Nuggets giving way to a Sunday night stumble against an Orlando Magic team that entered Staples Center at 5-10, losers of three straight and five of their last seven. But in the two teams’ first meeting following the four-team, 12-player offseason blockbuster that sent Howard from Central Florida to Hollywood, the Magic hung with a Laker side that’s experienced its share of turmoil this season, too, and pulled away with a 35-19 burst over the game’s final seven minutes.
The loss drops the Lakers to 8-9, a below-.500 mark that seems stunning given both the collection of talents on hand and the statistical note that L.A.’s got a top-five offense and a top-10 defense in terms of points scored and allowed per 100 possessions, according to NBA.com’s stat tool. The win-loss-win-loss trading, the alternating progress and regression on display every night, has been somewhat understandable — after all, the team has had three different head coaches in the space of a month and has been without injured star point guard Steve Nash, expected to be the triggerman first for Mike Brown’s new-look Princeton offense and now for the spread pick-and-roll system he ran under Mike D’Antoni for years in Phoenix, for all but 50 minutes this season. Still, explanations aside, this is hardly the way most figured the Lakers would look one-fifth of the way through the 2012-13 season.
As the losses mount — the Lakers would have to go 65-0 to fulfill Metta World Peace’s preseason wish , which seems unlikely — patience is wearing thin, not only within the Lakers’ fan base (which, as we’ve seen, can be pretty intense ) but also within the ultra-competitive mind of L.A.’s top dog. From Joe McDonnell of FoxSports.com :
Kobe Bryant had seen enough.
Another humiliating loss to another bad team Sunday night had the Lakers co-captain ready to take on the whole team if his teammates don’t start getting their games — and attitudes — together.
“I’ll kick everybody’s ass in this locker room if it doesn’t happen,” Bryant said after a 113-103 loss to the Orlando Magic at Staples Center. Yes, the 6-10 Orlando Magic. “It’s the attitude you have to have. Metta is the same way. Dwight has it in him as well. Even though he smiles a lot, he cares a lot about this. Come hell or high water, this has to get done.”