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Defense has failed the Sacramento Kings in recent losses

Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo (5) makes a shot against Sacramento Kings' Jason Thompson (34) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 6, 2015, in Orlando, Fla.
Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo (5) makes a shot against Sacramento Kings' Jason Thompson (34) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 6, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. AP

The Orlando Magic aren’t the most explosive offensive team in the NBA, but they looked the part in beating the Kings, 119-114, Friday night at Amway Center.

The Kings allowed the Magic to shoot 56.5 percent, the second consecutive game the Kings have allowed an opponent to shoot above 50 percent. The Spurs shot 52.9 percent in beating the Kings Wednesday in San Antonio.

Orlando shot 65.9 percent in the first half.

“We had no control on the ball,” said Kings coach George Karl. “We wanted to play from the paint out, but we never got control of the ball until the second half. The ball was going anywhere it wanted to go. They were getting layups. They were getting open threes. They had confidence, they had flow.”

Still, the Kings had a chance to win the game after falling behind by 18 in the third quarter.

The Kings took the lead with 32.7 seconds to play when Omri Casspi was fouled on a three pointer and made all three free throws.

But the Kings (21-39) left Tobias Harris wide open after a timeout and he hit the go-ahead three with 28.9 seconds to play.

“We just lost him,” Karl said. “We were trying to switch some things to zone up a little bit, and it seemed like Rudy (Gay) didn’t have a real good feel for what was going on a little bit.”

It was the last of 13 threes the Magic made in 24 attempts (54.2 percent).

“They were open,” Gay said. “So they shot them and made them. It’s the NBA, they’re pros. Almost anybody gets an open shot they’ll take it and make it.”

The Kings also made it easier for the Magic with their turnovers. Orlando (20-43) scored 22 points on 14 Sacramento turnovers.

“We turned the ball over,” Gay said. “We turned the ball over and they scored.”

The Kings gave up 24 points off turnovers Wednesday.

“They’re still scoring a lot of points off of our bad passes,” Karl said. “I think they scored on almost every possession off a turnover for us and we just tried to make silly passes at times.”

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