The Orlando Magic didn’t consistently find answers to slow down the Sacramento Kings’ high-octane offense in Monday’s 136-11 loss at Golden 1 Center.
The Kings picked the Magic apart early. They took advantage of Orlando’s lackadaisical point-of-attack defense by driving into the paint for finishes at the rim (20 first-quarter points in the paint) or kick-outs for 3s (7 first-quarter 3s) to take a 41-31 lead at the end of the first.
Once the Kings’ hot shooting cooled off, the Magic struggled to grab defensive rebounds. Sacramento had 7 second-quarter offensive boards, helping the Kings outscore the Magic 31-21 in the quarter.
Despite cutting the deficit to 6 in the second because they got steals/stops and scored in transition, the Magic trailed 72-52 at halftime.
The Magic (15-26) trimmed Sacramento’s lead to 11 midway through the third, but they didn’t get enough stops to get any closer, allowing the Kings (21-18) to make a franchise-high 23 3s en route to a victory.
The defeat was the Magic’s first of the five-game West Coast road trip that began with a victory on Saturday in San Francisco.
The Kings, who had eight players score in double figures led by Harrison Barnes’ 30, shot 53.6% (52 of 97) from the field and made half their 3s.
Paolo Banchero (17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals) was among six Magic players who scored in double figures.
The Magic will play the Trail Blazers in Portland on Tuesday on the second night of a back-to-back.
Bol Bol cleared the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols Monday afternoon and will meet the team in Portland. He’s expected to be available against the Blazers.
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