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Kings 125, Magic 101

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ORLANDO -- John Salmons scored 21 points and the Sacramento Kings snapped a six-game losing streak by drilling the Orlando Magic, 125-101, Wednesday night.

One night after a tough, double-overtime loss in Miami against the defending champions, the Kings (20-39) breezed through the hapless Magic (16-42), who offered little resistance throughout the night.

Salmons played only 23 minutes, but he hit seven of nine shots, including four of five from 3-point range. Salmons, who played 50 minutes on Tuesday, has been on a long-range shooting roll lately, making 15 of 20 shots from 3-point range in his last four games.

Kings reserve Marcus Thornton had 20 points and Tyreke Evans had 17 points and seven assists. Center DeMarcus Cousins had 13 points and six rebounds.

After beating the 76ers in Philadelphia on Tuesday, the Magic were trying to win back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 19. They never challenged after the first few minutes, allowing the Kings to score 36, 31, and 31 points respectively in the first three quarters.

The Magic were led by newly-acquired Tobias Harris, who scored a career-high 23 points with six rebounds. Guard Arron Afflalo had 15 points and seven rebounds.

The Kings led by 30 points when the fourth quarter began. The Kings led 67-44 at halftime, showing no signs of weariness from the long night in Miami.

The Kings shot 54.8 percent (46 of 84) from the field with the Magic offering only minimal defense.

They made 28 of 45 shots (62.2 percent) and six of 12 from 3-point range before intermission. They also had five players scoring at least 10 points in those first two quarters.

Magic point guard E'Twaun Moore, starting in place of Jameer Nelson, hit three 3-pointers in the first 3:11, giving the Magic an early 13-7 lead. He didn't score again in the first half, ending the Magic highlights.

NOTES: With the Kings in town, Magic coach Jacque Vaughn couldn't help but mention Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, the former NBA star. Johnson has been in the news a lot lately, lobbying hard to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle. Vaughn came into the league just before Johnson retired. They played against each other four times. Both were point guards. "He was explosive," Vaughn said. "Great player. I'm glad to see he's doing well outside of basketball. It's a great thing to see when that happens." ... Kings coach Keith Smart said Wednesday that Cole Aldrich finally will join the team later this week in San Antonio, the final stop of this five-game trip. Aldrich was obtained in a trade with Houston last week, but has yet to see his new teammates. ... Magic veteran forward Al Harrington made his season debut Tuesday in Philadelphia and was expected to play his first home game Wednesday night. Harrington had been recovering from right knee surgery. ... Magic point guard Jameer Nelson missed his fourth consecutive game Wednesday. He still is recovering from a left knee bruise. ... When Kings forward Marcus Thornton scored 36 points in the double-overtime loss in Miami Tuesday, it was the most points scored by a reserve in the NBA this season.
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