SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings used a strong fourth-quarter performance Friday night to hold off the Orlando Magic for a 91-82 victory in front of an announced crowd of 16,305 at Sleep Train Arena.
The victory was the second straight home win for the Kings (6-12) and permitted them to even their home mark at 6-6 at home. Sacramento plays at Portland tonight to start a four-game road trip.
Center DeMarcus Cousins had his second consecutive strong game with 17 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Yet, the performances of Jimmer Fredette, rookie Thomas Robinson and Isaiah Thomas, all off the bench, proved crucial to Sacramento's victory.
Thomas matched Cousins with 17 points, while Fredette scored 15. Robinson scored just one point but his energy resulted in seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The Magic (7-12) was led by Glen Davis' 20 points and Aaron Afflalo's 18.
The Magic bounced back in the third quarter from a dismal first-half shooting performance. Orlando made 14 of 40 field-goal attempts in the first half.
However, the third quarter was a different deal. Orlando opened the period by outscoring Sacramento, 25-8, in the first 5 1/2 minutes and quickly took a 59-54-lead.
The team that sparingly made baskets in the first half, shot 56.3 percent, led by point guard Jameer Nelson's 4 of 4 third-quarter shooting. Meanwhile, the Kings made just 6 of 19 field-attempts (31.6 percent) in the third quarter.
The Kings' 46-34 halftime advantage was their biggest lead of the game to that point.
Sacramento won the final rebounding battle, 51-40.
Notes: This game featured two of the league's highest scoring reserves. Sacramento's Marcus Thornton entered the game as the NBA's fifth highest scoring reserve at 14.4 points per game, while Orlando's J.J. Redick was seventh at 13.9 points per game. ... Orlando concludes its five-game road trip on Sunday night in Phoenix against the Suns. ... The Kings' home attendance average of 12,563 is the lowest in the league. ... Kings coach Keith Smart has been pleased with how his players have stayed together during its slow start. "One of the things you can see when you watch the tape is how involved the players on the bench are during the game," Smart said, "especially when things are going well. You can see guys up and encouraging their teammates. Now when things aren't going well you can see it by the way guys seem to be in their own little world. That's to be expected. But our guys seem to be staying together and that's a good thing."