Poof! Kings losing streak disappears in Orlando
The streak is over. After dropping their previous eight games, the Sacramento Kings walked into Orlando and took down the Magic by a final of 105-99.
Garrett Temple went crazy in the fourth, singlehandedly outscoring the Magic in the quarter to set a new career-high in scoring. Willie Cauley-Stein put up huge numbers as well to help Sacramento pick up their 14th win of the season.
Four of the Magic’s five started scored in double-figures, including a team-high 22 from Evan Fournier, but it wasn’t enough to send Sacramento home with a ninth straight loss.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
Temple couldn’t miss. After sitting out the previous two games, the veteran wing came off the Kings bench to spark the team. Temple scored a career-high 34 points on 14-of-17 shooting from the floor. With De’Aaron Fox ailing and George Hill resting, Temple ran the team down the stretch and chipped in five assists.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Cauley-Stein was tremendous. Sacramento’s up and coming big stuffed the stat sheet, scoring 21 points to go with nine rebounds, four assists and five blocks. The Kings need this from Cauley-Stein every night.
STANDOUT PERFORMER III
Elfrid Payton gave the Kings a glimpse of what they missed when they passed on him in the 2014 NBA Draft. The 23-year-old point guard showed he can do a little bit of everything, finishing with 21 points, seven assists and seven rebounds.
The Kings rode the hot shooting of Temple down the stretch and came away with some huge defensive stops to come away with a much needed win.
De’Aaron Fox went out in the second quarter with abdominal tightness and did not return. George Hill and Kosta sat out as healthy scratches against the Hornets. Frank Mason III is out another two weeks with a partial tear of the right plantar fascia. Harry Giles is out for the season.
The Kings continue their six-game road trip Thursday with a visit to sunny Miami Beach. They’ll travel to San Antonio to face the Spurs over the weekend and then finish the trip against DeMarcus Cousins and the New Orleans Pelicans early next week.