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Kings takeaways: What we learned from 111-95 win vs. Magic

Kings takeaways: What we learned from 111-95 win vs. Magic

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.

Stat stuffer

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.
 

Why Kings' De'Aaron Fox prefers playing in Sacramento than bigger-markets

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Why Kings' De'Aaron Fox prefers playing in Sacramento than bigger-markets

When you think of De'Aaron Fox, you think of a superstar. But a bigger stage isn't something he desires.

Recently, Fox was hanging out in a rented, beachside condo in San Clemente, Calif. talking to One37pm's Corban Goble. The Kings guard was playing on a grand piano. And despite being in Southern California, playing some keys from John Legend's "All of Me," he likes where he's at, cozy in Sacramento.

“I don’t crave to be in a big market,” Fox said. “After last season, there was a buzz in Sacramento. Everyone in Sacramento is a Kings fan. If we start making the playoffs, or if we become a championship contender, the entire city is going to go nuts. That’s the difference between a big market and a small one.”

The Kings finished the 2019-20 season 39-43 due to an impressive sophomoric outing from Fox who averaged 17.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

If Fox continues on his superstar trajectory, he might have to put those low-key desires to the test. 

But Fox's go-with-the-flow mentality is one to be admired.

[RELATED: How Fox celebrated contract signing with agent]

He could have gone to Los Angeles or San Diego to be in the middle of it all, but San Clemente was the "laid-back" way Fox prefers.

It appears Fox not only loves the idea of playing for Sacramento but for the people of the city as well.

Kings players roast Bobby Jackson after awful first pitch attempt

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Kings players roast Bobby Jackson after awful first pitch attempt

Throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game is an honor, but it's certainly not one of the easiest tasks.

Just trust us on this one. 

It adds excess pressure to the situation when you're an athlete. Perhaps you feel your inherent athletic ability will make it easy for you to throw in there for a strike ... right? Well, when it comes to Bobby Jackson, that's not the case.

The former Sacramento Kings player turned assistant player development coach threw out the first pitch for the Giants' Triple-A affiliate Sacramento River Cats recently, and well ...

He bounced it and it went way outside (or inside to a lefty batter). He also lost his sunglasses. Clearly, there was a lot going on.

[RELATED: Fox, Barnes have 3-point contest after USA practice]

And despite the way the pitch went, the torment wasn't over. Harry Giles, Buddy Hield and Kyle Guy all made sure to chime in after witnessing the display, and they weren't too nice about it. 

It's not as easy as it looks, folks.