Sacramento (45-16) at Orlando (18-46)

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  • Game info: 6:00 pm EST Sun Mar 7, 2004
  • TV: WRBW
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The Sacramento Kings look to avoid another letdown as they finish their three-game East Coast trip against the league-worst Orlando Magic at TD Waterhouse Centre.

After posting a 114-105 win at Philadelphia on Thursday, Sacramento dropped a 102-96 decision at Miami on Saturday.

Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento’s top offensive threat, scored just 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting.

The Western Conference-leading Kings shot 39 percent en route to just their third loss in 23 games against Eastern Conference opponents this season. The other losses were at Boston and New York in early November.

“It seems we beat the best teams, then lose to the lower-caliber teams,” said Kings forward Chris Webber, who is averaging 24 points and nine rebounds in three games since returning from offseason knee surgery and an eight-game suspension.

“We have to remember that now we’re not under the radar anymore. And whether they make the playoffs or not, a win over us can make their season.”

The Magic fit that bill quite nicely.

“We’re coming to the stretch, only 18 games left, a lot of people are tired but we can’t use that as an excuse,” said Magic guard Tyronn Lue after Orlando’s 101-96 win over Atlanta on Friday night. “My legs have been heavy lately but I’ve got to play through it.”

Lue scored 20 points for his fifth consecutive game in double figures. He scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, including eight in the final 1:42.

“We think we’re better than what our record shows,” he said. “We’re just going to keep competing and playing hard every night.”

Orlando had lost four of five before beating the Hawks.

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