NBA Gameday: Cousins, Kings face big, diverse Magic frontcourt

NBA Gameday: Cousins, Kings face big, diverse Magic frontcourt

The Sacramento Kings look to snap their early-season two-game losing streak Thursday in Orlando against the Magic. They are coming off a tough 108-96 overtime loss to the Miami Heat on Tuesday and are in need of a win to get back to .500.  

DeMarcus Cousins will face a big and diverse Magic frontline that includes starters Serge Ibaka, Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon, as well as reserve center Bismack Biyombo. Ibaka is in his first season with the Magic after coming over from Oklahoma in a draft day deal and will likely start the game against Cousins, but it usually takes an army to slow the Kings All-Star center.

Arron Afflalo is coming off his best game in a Kings uniform, scoring 18 points against the Heat on Tuesday night. But Sacramento will need others players to step forward to snap its two-game skid.

Veteran Jordan Farmar was signed on Wednesday to provide backcourt support until Darren Collison returns Nov. 8 against the Pelicans.


Magic by 1


Rudy Gay vs. Aaron Gordon -- Gordon is a gifted athlete with great length. He’s more of a power forward than a wing, but head coach Frank Vogel is getting crafty with his lineups to keep his core happy. Gay is off to a tremendous start for Sacramento, averaging 23.8 points, six rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.2 steals through the first five games. He’s playing the best basketball of his career early in the season as he prepares for free agency next summer.


Kings: 2-3, third place in Pacific

Magic: 1-3, fourth place in Southeast


Kings: PG Darren Collison (suspension) out; SF Omri Casspi (illness) probable.

Magic: G Jodie Meeks (foot) out.


These two teams split the season series last year, with each club coming away with a win on their opponent's home floor. Sacramento holds a 28-26 lead all-time over Orlando.


“Good, hard, competitive game.” -DeMarcus Cousins avoiding an NBA fine following the Kings’ overtime loss in Miami where he picked up six fouls in the fourth quarter

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Half man, half amazing. Vincanity. Air-Canada. V.C.

Vince Carter has plenty of nicknames on his bio. He also has plenty of achievements over his long NBA career. On Monday night in Sacramento, he added a new one.  

With his seven point performance in the Kings’ 106-90 loss to the Detroit Pistons, the 41-year-old forward surpassed a former teammate on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

“It means a lot, because in my days in Orlando, I played with Pat Ewing and know him very well,” Carter said following the game.

Carter came into the night needing five points to tie Ewing’s 24,815 mark for 22nd place on the all-time scoring list.

In the early second quarter, Carter stole a pass from Andre Drummond at the top of the key  and flew down for a breakaway jam to move within three points of Ewing.

“It’s fun for everyone, just to show I can still do it,” Carter said of the dunk. “I think I’ve proven I can, but it’s still fun. I told James Ennis on the way, I said, ‘stay back, don’t foul me.’”

Ennis likely couldn’t have caught Carter either way, but the slam got the Kings crowd going.

At the 4:12 mark of the second, Carter drilled a 12-footer to move within one point of Ewing and with 29.5 seconds remaining in the third, Carter knocked down a 26-foot 3-pointer that rattled around and tried to spin out.

That was the last bucket of the evening for Carter, giving him 24,817 for his 20-year career. He now sits alone in 22nd place, two points ahead of the former New York Knicks star center.

“That’s crazy,” 20-year-old De’Aaron Fox said. “That’s a lot of buckets. Top-25, that’s huge - a lot of guys won’t get close to that.”

Carter now sits just 375 points behind legendary Laker, Jerry West for 21st place and 462 shy of Reggie Miller for a spot in the top 20.

“When you talk about (being) in the top 25 in scoring all-time, you just look at the list of the greats and elite players and the best of the best that still play, and to be in that group, I’m very humbled and thankful for it,” Carter told the media scrum surrounding his locker.

Carter was away from the team over the weekend dealing with a death in the family. He returned to Sacramento to play on Monday, but did so with a heavy heart.

For most of his life, the basketball court has been his place to escape. After two decades as a pro, it still has that effect.

“I just still love it, it’s been great to me, it gives me an opportunity to be around the younger generation and still be around the game I love and accomplish things like this,” Carter said.

He’s played sparingly for Sacramento this season, but his impact on the bench, in practice and behind the scenes as a leader and mentor to the young Kings has been immeasurable.

Carter hasn’t committed to retiring following the season. He will weigh his options, but there is a possibly he will look for one last run at an NBA championship.

Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list


Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Moving on up. Vince Carter came into Monday evening’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons needing just five points to surpass Patrick Ewing for 22nd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He got that and a little more.

Carter, 41, picked off a Pistons pass in the second quarter and hammered down a breakaway dunk to score his first two points of the evening. He knocked down a jumper in the lane before halftime to get within one point of Ewing and then moved ahead of the 7-footer with a 3-pointer in the third quarter.

The 20-year NBA veteran now sits at 24,817 points. He is 375 points behind the great Jerry West’s 25,192, who currently sits in 21st place on the all-time list.