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Jason Jones, Sacramento Kings beat writer

Postgame notes: Kings shake off slow start to beat Magic

12/22/2013 12:00 AM

12/21/2013 11:32 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Some postgame notes and quotes from Sacramento’s 105-100 win over the Orlando Magic Saturday at Amway Center:

*The game started out like many Kings games have lately -- the Kings were giving up a lot of points.

Orlando had 31 points in the first quarter and shot 61.1 percent. The Magic shot 43.8 percent the rest of the game.

“It was the same old thing,” said guard Isaiah Thomas. “They were scoring. I felt like we were playing pretty good defense but they were just hitting shots. At the same time, we just kept fighting. Everything is not going to go our way, but we have to keep fighting. I think we did that tonight and that is why we got the win.”

Here’s coach Michael Malone on the adjustments the Kings made:

“Arron Afflalo was having his way in the post against us. He’s a talented player having a great year for them (Magic) and obviously it was a tough matchup for Ben McLemore who got into foul trouble. We started double-teaming him, getting more aggressive, and we wanted to be more aggressive in our pick and roll defense so that we weren’t allowing them to attack us. We wanted to set the tone defensively and attack them a little bit. It was kind of like the Charlotte game; we had a lousy first quarter, the last three quarters we defended at a much higher level. Then tonight we had a lousy first quarter, they shot 61 percent and then after that we defended at a much higher level, but this time we were able to close it out and get the win.”

*The Kings shot 52.2 percent from three-point range (12 of 23). Rudy Gay, Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Thornton each made three from beyond the arc.

*The Kings ended the four-game road trip 1-3. Sacramento and Memphis have played the fewest road games this season with 11. The Kings are 3-8 on the road

“It (finishing road trip with a win) means a lot,” Gay said. “Obviously we came out here to win every one. We got this one and this will make our road trip a little easier on the way back. We still have a long way to go.”

*Gay has scored at least 20 points in four of his six games with the Kings. He had 23 points against Orlando.

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Jason Jones, who joined The Sacramento Bee in 2002, has covered the Kings since 2008. Jones, a UC Berkeley graduate, also has covered high school sports, the Oakland Raiders and the Sacramento Monarchs for The Bee. Contact him at Twitter: @mr_jasonjones

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