SACRAMENTO -- The streak is over. After dropping the last four games in gut-wrenching fashion, the Sacramento Kings put away for the Orlando Magic early Monday evening at Golden 1 Center.
De’Aaron Fox showed off his speed, but it was a team effort for the Kings with six players finishing in double-figures. Sacramento outshot, outrebounded and out passed the Magic on their way to a 111-95 victory.
Playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Magic looked tired and at some points, disinterested in the action. Nikola Vucevic put up a solid double-double in limited minutes and Terrence Ross added 20 points off the bench, but it wasn’t nearly enough to slow the Kings.
Here are three takeaways as the Kings moved back to the .500 mark on the season at 20-20.
Fox gets right
The Kings’ starting point guard hasn’t quite looked himself the last few games. He’s taken a beating from the opposition, including a knee to the thigh and a couple of stitches above his eye against the Warriors.
Against the Magic, he was a flash. The 21-year-old guard exploded to the rim, finishing with 20 points on 9-for-14 shooting in just 22 minutes of action.
He was disruptive on both ends of the floor, picking up five steals and playing well above the rim for a handful of highlight reel dunks.
Bogdan Bogdanovic went to work early. Starting for the injured Iman Shumpert, the second-year wing got the passing game started for the Kings and he hit the glass hard before looking for his own shot.
He warmed up in the third quarter and finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the win.
Bogdanovic is a catalyst player for the Kings and against the Magic, he was impressive.
The return of the rookie
After sitting out the previous 11 games with a bone bruise in his left knee, Marvin Bagley III returned to action for Sacramento.
He’ll be on a minutes restriction for the next few games, but the 19-year-old managed to post eight points, six rebounds and a block in 20 minutes of action.
Bagley gives the Kings a much-needed post presence and an energy that they need off the bench.