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Bench leads Kings to 91-82 win over Magic

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Bench leads Kings to 91-82 win over Magic

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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.

After squandering an 11-point lead in the third quarter, the Kings regrouped in the fourth behind the strong play of their backups. Led by Thomas, who scored 11 points in the period, reserves played for much of the final quarter and produced a 15-2 run that propelled Sacramento to consecutive wins for the second time this season.

Jimmer Fredette had nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Kings, who outscored the Magic 29-18. Jason Thompson added 12 points and Aaron Brooks 11. The Kings are 5-0 at home when leading at halftime.

Glen Davis had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Orlando, but fouled out in the final 36 seconds.

Arron Afflalo had 18 points and Jameer Nelson scored 17 for the Magic, who have lost two straight and five of seven. Andrew Nicholson added 14 points.

The Kings were without starting guard Tyreke Evans, who didn't play for the third time in four games with a sore right knee. Evans was a critical factor in the Kings' victory Wednesday over Toronto, making two 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter and scoring 23 points.

A fast-break layup by Afflalo cut the Sacramento lead to 81-78 with just under 3 minutes left. The Kings' final 10 points were free throws, including a pair by Cousins that stretched their cushion to 87-78 with 28 seconds remaining.

The Kings used a 15-2 run to take a nine-point lead, but Orlando responded on Davis' three-point play and a 3-pointer from Nelson to trim it to 79-76 with 3:40 left.

After losing the lead in the third quarter, the Kings regained it in the fourth behind the play of five reserves. Fredette connected on a corner 3 off a fast break for a 69-68 advantage at the 8:28 mark. A jumper by Fredette a short time later capped seven unanswered points for the Kings, who took a 73-68 lead.

Nelson had 10 points and Afflalo scored nine in the third period when the Magic shook off a poor first half and outscored the Kings 30-16. Nelson made all four third-quarter shots, including a pair of 3s.

Trailing 54-43 in the third, the Magic finally got going offensively, scoring 16 straight points. Afflalo scored the final five, hitting two free throws and a 3 that put Orlando in front 59-54 with 4:28 left in the quarter.

The Kings benefited in the first half from the inside play of Thompson and Cousins. Thompson had 10 points and six rebounds, while Cousins had nine points and eight rebounds in leading the Kings to a 46-34 halftime lead. Brooks also scored nine points for Sacramento.

Davis scored 10 first-half points for the Magic, who shot 35 percent. They were outrebounded 27-18 and committed nine turnovers.

NOTES: Francisco Garcia made his first start of the season in place of Evans. Garcia had played in only seven of the Kings' previous 17 games this season. ... Orlando missed all five of its 3-point attempts in the first half. ... Sacramento shot 32 percent in the third quarter and was outrebounded 13-7. ... Orlando concludes its five-game West Coast trip Sunday in Portland, while the Kings play five of the next six on the road, starting Saturday in Portland.

Rumors revolving George Hill trade to Cavs are hot, heavy

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Rumors revolving George Hill trade to Cavs are hot, heavy

Is George Hill on the move? The rumors are hot and heavy Tuesday with both Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski chiming in.

On this morning’s edition of The Jump, Windhorst gave Kings fans a familiar line.

“The are way down the road on a deal with Sacramento for George Hill... it's at the one-yard line," Windhorst said.

“At this point, I think they just have to have change,” Windhorst added of the Cavs.

Following the Windhorst update, Woj jumped in the fray with a tweet.

Hill has struggled to find a role with the Kings all season long after signing a three-year, $57 million deal with Sacramento over the summer. The Kings are paying the 31-year-old point guard $20 million this season, $19 million next and they have an $18 million team option in 2019-20 with a $1 million buyout.

Frye is in the final year of his contract with the Cavs. The 34-year-old center makes $7.4 million this season and has played just 11.4 minutes over 34 games for Cleveland this season.

Shumpert has played just 13 games this season for Cleveland due to a torn meniscus in his left knee. He makes $10.3 million this season with a player option for the 2018-19 season at $11 million. At 27-year-old, there is a chance he would opt out of his deal next season, which would save the Kings a lot of money.

Sacramento would have to either throw in an additional player or waive a someone to make the deal work.

This proposed deal is very similar to the options outlined here.

Gameday: Kings in Orlando looking to snap eight-game skid

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Gameday: Kings in Orlando looking to snap eight-game skid

Looking for a little luck. The Sacramento Kings have dropped eight straight and there appears to be no end to their season-long road trip. Next up on the docket is the Orlando Magic.

Sacramento made a game of it Monday night in Charlotte before falling late to the Hornets. They Kings’ youth movement is in full swing, but it’s been a bumpy ride. Skal Labissiere had a breakout 23 point game and De’Aaron Fox added 16 points and seven assists, but it wasn’t enough to snap the losing streak.

The Magic are coming off their biggest win of the season Sunday against the Celtics. They started the year 8-4, but Orlando is just 6-28 since. They are young and have plenty of pieces to build around, but they just can’t seem to put it all together.

BETTING LINE

Magic by 6.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Willie Cauley-Stein vs. Aaron Gordon -- In his fourth season in the league, Gordon is blowing up. The high flier is finally living up to his billing coming out of college, even showing newfound range from the outside. Cauley-Stein is finding his game as well. He’s a year behind Gordon in NBA experience, but this should be a fun matchup against two extremely long athletes.

WHERE THEY STAND

Kings: 13-33, last place in Pacific

Magic: 14-32, last place in Southeast

INJURY REPORT

Kings: PF Skal Labissiere (left shoulder strain) probable, PF/C Zach Randolph (sore left knee) out for season, PG Frank Mason III (right heel) out, Harry Giles (knee rehab) out for the season.

Magic: SF Jonathan Isaac (ankle) out, SG Terrence Ross (knee) out, C Nikola Vucevic (hand) out.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

Youth on Display -- Both of these teams are loaded with young talent. They are both struggling through the dog days of the NBA schedule, but they can beat anyone on any given night. It’s frustrating, but it’s the mark of a young team.

Build on Success -- The Kings haven’t had a lot of success as a team, but individually, we are seeing signs of growth. In the first 10 games of 2018, the minutes have increased and so have the numbers for the young core. It’s about team in the end, but the Kings need to see what they have.

Go for the Win -- Eight straight is brutal. Young players need to see that their hard work is paying off. Numbers are one way to judge improvement, but a win would do a lot to help the growth of this team.

SERIES HISTORY

The Kings and Magic split the season series 1-1 last season. Sacramento holds a 29-27 lead all-time over Orlando.