Denton: Magic vs. Kings Analysis (12/21/13)
With that lineup finally available, the Magic used rookie point guard Victor Oladipo off the bench. Oladipo, who suffered through a one of 12 shooting night on Wednesday, had started the previous 16 games. The preized rookie had 12 points on five of 13 shooting on Saturday.
The Magic took a two-point lead into the fourth quarter, but they let the game get away from them when the Kings’ offense got hot. Sacramento made seven of its first nine shots of the fourth quarter, including four straight 3-pointers for an 18-4 run that put it up 93-81. The Kings hadn’t made more than 10 3-pointers in a game this season, but they drilled 12 of their first 19 tries on Saturday night.
The game seemed to grind to a much slower pace in the third quarter as both sides struggled offensively. Orlando lost the lead for the first time all night early in the third period and made just eight of 18 shots in the quarter. Still, they took a 77-75 lead into the fourth quarter.
Orlando lost Davis midway through the third quarter when he asked out of the game, bypassed the bench and limped straight to the locker room. Davis was out of the game several minutes before returning for the second half of the fourth quarter. He said he’ll get a MRI on his knee on Sunday.
Davis said for the Magic to be successful they must better use another on the court and build a trust among the team. He said the team’s lack of star power necessitates that it shares the ball offensively and talk more on defense.
``We’ve got to keep moving the ball and working to get each other open. We did that in the first half, but we got away from that,’’ Davis said. ``And on the defensive end we got away from our defensive principles.
``One of the hardest things to do – and everybody knows this – is building consistency,’’ Davis continued. ``We have to learn how to play with a level of consistency every day. The team that plays with the least amount of mistakes wins the ball game. That’s the difference between the teams on the top of the totem pole and the ones on the bottom. If we want to be on the top, we have to play with consistency and a high energy level every day.’’
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