Kings Buried By Three-pointers

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Dwight Howard had 25 points and 15 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic made an NBA-record 23 3-pointers Tuesday night in a 139-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

The Magic made 23 of 37 attempts in breaking the old mark of 21,
set by Toronto on March 13, 2005, against Philadelphia. The record
came on Jeremy Richardson's 3-pointer with 2:20 left to play,
providing the only drama in the second half.

With the Magic leading by 22 points, Howard never left the bench
in the fourth quarter as the Magic won their fifth straight game.
Jameer Nelson made five 3-pointers and had 23 points and 11
assists, Rashard Lewis scored 19 points, Hedo Turkoglu contributed
17 points and eight assists, and J.J. Redick added 15 points.

Kevin Martin scored 30 points for the Kings, who allowed a
season-high point total. Francisco Garcia scored 15 points, Spencer
Hawes had 14 and Bobby Jackson added 13.

Showing no letdown coming off a big road win Sunday in San
Antonio, the Magic shot 62 percent in the opening half, when they
never cooled off during an impressive offensive showing that
resulted in a 75-56 lead.

Orlando had the listless Kings defense to thank as well. Open
shots were everywhere in the half, when the Magic went a staggering
13-of-19 from 3-point range in establishing new franchise records
for 3-pointers and total points in a half.

The 3-point barrage continued in the third quarter. Nelson
connected on a pair in the first 80 seconds and the Magic made
seven overall in hiking their lead to 107-85 heading into the
fourth.

Orlando improved to 16-4 this season against the Western
Conference. The Magic continue a four-game road trip Friday against
the Lakers and meet Denver on Saturday.

The loss was the 12th in 14 games for the Kings, who have not
strung together two straight victories since early November.

The Kings had no answer in the opening half for the athletic
Howard, whose most impressive feat was an alley-oop dunk with his
back to the basket. He scored 15 points and had 11 rebounds against
an array of Sacramento defenders. Lewis and Redick both had 12
points for Orlando, which outscored the Kings 41-29 in the opening
half.

The Kings are now 7-13 at Arco Arena and are on pace to have their worst home record in franchise history.


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