The Sacramento Kings are suddenly winning
ORLANDO — The last time the Sacramento Kings were this hot, Chris Webber was on the team.
The Kings extended their winning streak to four games and completed their Florida sweep by defeating the Orlando Magic 107-99 at the Amway Center.
Of all the teams expected to make the jump from the bottom to the playoffs in the Western Conference, this was not one of them. It was same old Sacramento after starting the season 1-3.
The Magic became the second team to be held to under 100 points by the Kings. The Kings also held the Memphis Grizzlies below the century mark in a 97-92 win that sparked the streak.
“Our defensive is definitely coming along, King center Willie Cauley-Stein said. “We’re starting to come together as a communicational flow. We’re started communicating with each other which is making everything a lot easier.”
The Magic led as high as 11 points early in the game. The Kings scored 33 points in the second quarter to take a 59-56 lead at halftime and never looked back. By that time, the Kings had four different players scoring in double-digits, compared to the Magic only having Nikola Vucevic in that category with 11 points.
Orlando only scored 16 points in the third quarter and despite outscoring Sacramento in the fourth quarter, the Magic were too worn out to stage a last minute comeback. Wearing opponents down late in games is slowly starting to become a calling card of the Kings.
“We’re wearing ourselves out too but we train for that,” Cauley-Stein said. “That’s what we try to do and we like doing it.”
Given all the young college stars that the Kings stockpiled in the draft, maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise that things would finally come together for the Kings. It started with Cauley-Stein, who finished the game with a 14 point-11 rebound double-double. Buddy Hield, the centerpiece of the Demarcus Cousins trade from two seasons ago, scored a game high 25 points with 11 rebounds. Also from that trade as the results of New Orleans’ draft picks, Frank Mason and Justin Jackson, are still on the team. Four year vet Nemanja Bjelica was signed onto the fray and is providing plenty of balance as a small forward with 21 points and eight rebounds. De’Aaron Fox also chipped in 14 points and seems to be a star on the rise.
“His ability to stop on a dime is unguardable,” Cauley-Stein said on Fox.
Right now the 5-3 Kings have a better record than LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers. If that remains to be fact by the end of the season, it would be the shock of the season.
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