|Kings hold off Magic 104-100, end 4-game home losing streak|
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|Tuesday, 08 January 2008 20:11|
The win snapped a rare four-game losing streak for the Kings at friendly Arco Arena. And the victory came against the Magic, who at 15-6 have the most road wins this season in the NBA.
Beno Udrih had 17 points, Quincy Douby scored 14, Francisco Garcia had 11 and Mikki Moore added eight points and 12 rebounds for the Kings, who had lost two straight and six of seven games.
Dwight Howard had 29 points and 15 rebounds, but also committed six turnovers for Orlando, which has lost three straight. Rashard Lewis made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Hedo Turkoglu added 14 points and J.J. Redick had 10, all in the fourth quarter.
Turkoglu made a 3-pointer to pull Orlando within 103-100 with 19 seconds remaining. Seconds later, Garcia hit one of two free throws to put the Kings up by four points. Redick passed up a 3-pointer and Orlando never got off another shot.
A 7-0 run early in the fourth quarter put the Kings seemingly in charge at 88-69. But Orlando came right back with nine straight points against the suddenly mistake-prone Kings, who were outscored 38-26 in the fourth quarter.
The Kings were undermanned once again, missing their top three scorers from last season in starters Ron Artest (elbow), Kevin Martin (groin) and Mike Bibby (thumb).
It's a challenging road trip for the Southeast Division-leading Magic, who play four times in five nights, concluding with a Saturday game in Utah.
Quiet during the first half when he was outplayed by Howard, Miller scored 11 points in the third quarter when the Kings built their lead to 78-62.
Udrih had 16 points and Douby scored 12 in the first half, when the Kings took advantage of a sluggish Orlando defense for a 53-38 lead.
Notes: Dahntay Jones connected on his first 3-pointer of the season at the buzzer, giving the Kings a 26-18 first-quarter lead. Turkoglu, who was drafted by the Kings in 2000 and played his first three years in Sacramento, was cheered after missing a third-quarter dunk in traffic. Gary Gerould, who has been the voice of the Kings since they arrived in Sacramento in 1985, missed a rare game due to an illness.