NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, January 12th (All times eastern)
Orlando Magic (25-12) at Sacramento Kings (15-21), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Southeast Division-leading Orlando Magic will open a four-game western road trip Tuesday, when they pay a visit to the Sacramento Kings at ARCO Arena.
The Magic will also visit the Nuggets, Blazers and Lakers on the road swing and sport an 11-8 mark as the guest this season. They snapped a season-high four-game losing streak with a 113-81 triumph versus Atlanta on Saturday, as Matt Barnes led seven Magic players in double figures with 18 points.
J.J. Redick added 17 points, Ryan Anderson scored 16 and Jason Williams finished with 14 points for the Magic, who got 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocks from star big man Dwight Howard.
"That's about as happy as I've been with a regular season win in a long time," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "It just seemed like a month or a month and a half since we've won a game."
Vince Carter did not play in the win over Atlanta after he suffered a mild separation of his left shoulder in Friday's loss at Washington. He's considered day-to-day. Orlando has dropped three in a row on the road.
Sacramento put the brakes on a five-game losing streak with a 102-100 win over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday at ARCO Arena in the opener of a short two-game homestand.
Rookie Tyreke Evans scored 27 points and hit the winning jump shot with 0.7 seconds remaining. Spencer Hawes added 17 points, while Omri Casspi tallied 16 points and eight rebounds for the Kings, who beat Denver at ARCO Arena for the 23rd time in the last 26 meetings.
"I'm glad I got the opportunity to show the world I can make a big shot," Evans said. "I'm glad that coach believed and gave me a chance to be in that position."
The Kings are 12-8 in California's capital this season.
Orlando won both meetings with the Kings last season and is unbeaten in the last three matchups between the teams. Orlando is 5-15 at Sacramento.
01/12 12:23:56 ET