Magic 104, Kings 97

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 08, 2012
Jason Richardson scored a season-high 22 points, Glen Davis added a season-best 20 and the Orlando Magic beat the Sacramento Kings 104-97 on Sunday despite playing much of the game without foul-plagued Dwight Howard. The All-Star center had five points and four rebounds in 20 minutes and spent most of the first three quarters in foul trouble. He didn't get his first rebound until 4 minutes into the fourth and was scoreless before converting a three-point play with 6:35 remaining, putting the Magic ahead 87-85. Tyreke Evans had a season-high 28 points and eight assists for the Kings. DeMarcus Cousins, also hampered by fouls, had 16 points and 10 rebounds. J.J. Hickson added 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Marcus Thornton scored 13 points. Ryan Anderson had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Orlando. Von Wafer made three 3-pointers and scored 12 points, and Hedo Turkoglu added 11 points. With the Magic clinging to a one-point edge, Turkoglu banked in a 3 with the shot clock running down to give Orlando a 93-89 lead with just less than 3 minutes remaining. Anderson's 3-pointer from the corner and Turkoglu's layup gave the Magic a 102-95 cushion with 35 seconds left. Guarding Cousins, Howard picked up his second foul at the 10:14 mark of the first quarter and promptly left the game. He was called for a third foul midway through the second quarter and had zero points and rebounds in 6 first-half minutes. Howard was whistled for his fourth foul at 9:57 of the third quarter. On his way to the bench, a comment earned him a technical foul. Cousins also was in foul trouble. He picked up two fouls in just more than a minute in the third quarter and went to the bench at the 6:54 mark with five fouls. The game was the start of a four-game road trip for the Magic, which ends with a Jan. 16 game against the Knicks. The Kings' next game is Tuesday in Philadelphia, which is the start of a five-game road trip in seven days. After struggling for much of the game, Anderson got going in the third quarter, scoring 11 points. Davis replaced Howard and was trouble for the Kings again, scoring nine points as Orlando took an 81-79 lead into the fourth. Despite playing almost the entire first half without Howard, the Magic led 49-47. Davis and Richardson both scored 11 points, while Evans had 15 for the Kings and Cousins added 12. The Orlando bench had 28 first-half points. A slow starter much of the season, Cousins scored 10 points in helping the Kings to a 21-19 lead in the opening quarter. Notes: Anderson, who missed his first six shots, grew up in nearby El Dorado Hills, about 30 miles northeast of Sacramento. He got tickets for a group of family and friends. ... Turkoglu argued a first-quarter foul and was given a technical. ... Thornton missed all seven shots in a scoreless opening half, but finally scored on a jumper early in the third quarter, when he had 10 points.
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