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                          === Kings hold off Magic ===
 
 Orlando,  FL  (SportsNetwork.com) - Isaiah Thomas  and Rudy Gay each scored 23
 points  to help the Sacramento Kings salvage the final test of their four-game
 road trip with a 105-100 win over the Orlando Magic.
 
 Marcus  Thornton netted 15 points off the bench on 3-of-6 shooting from beyond
 the arc and DeMarcus Cousins contributed a double-double with 14 points and 11
 rebounds in the win, Sacramento's third straight against Orlando.
 
 Arron Afflalo led all scorers with 26 points in his return to the lineup after
 missing Wednesday's loss to Utah with a stomach ailment.
 
 Tobias  Harris had  21 points, while Jameer Nelson and Victor Oladipo added 13
 and 12, respectively, for Orlando, which has lost four straight games at Amway
 Center.
 
 When  speaking  of Thomas,  Magic  head  coach  Jacque  Vaughn said,  "He's  a
 nuisance.  He  can get in the  lane, make shots,  and I think he really enjoys
 competing."
 
 Orlando led 58-56 at the half, but five players scored for Sacramento during a
 10-2 spurt to open the third quarter.
 
 Glen  Davis then scored two straight buckets for Orlando which ignited an 11-2
 run.  A Nikola  Vucevic layup with 4:53  to play in the frame capped the spurt
 and gave the Magic a slim 71-68 lead.
 
 The  Kings responded when Gay hooked up with Cousins for an alley-oop that was
 the first bucket of seven straight points for the Kings.
 
 Oladipo  helped Orlando return  serve with five points during a 6-0 run to end
 the quarter to retain its two-point advantage into the fourth.
 
 Sacramento  gained control of the contest with an 18-4 run in the opening 2:49
 of  the fourth.  Thornton  had 11  points during  the  surge, including  three
 straight 3-pointers to cap the run and help the visitors to a 93-81 lead.
 
 Later,  Vucevic fouled out  with 2:37 to play after he hacked Cousins during a
 made layup. Cousins missed the free throw and Sacramento led 100-93.
 
 Orlando pulled within four, 101-97, following four straight points from Harris
 with 1:30 to play.
 
 Just  under a minute later, Thomas dribbled in from the far wing and banked in
 a 15-foot jumper to increase the lead to six.
 
 Orlando called a timeout but turned the ball over, essentially ending the game
 on a five second call when Davis couldn't get the ball in bounds.
 
 "We  made enough  plays obviously  to  get that  win," said  Kings head  coach
 Michael  Malone.  "(I'm) proud of  our guys to  finish up a disappointing road
 trip but we didn't hang our heads."
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Thomas  also  had nine  assists ... Each  team's largest lead  was 12 and both
 scored 34 points in the paint ... The Kings shot 12-for-23 (52.2 percent) from
 deep  ...  Vucevic finished with four  points and nine rebounds ... Both teams
 are  home on Monday  as Orlando will host New York and Sacramento welcomes New
 Orleans.
 
 
 12/21 23:27:32 ET

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