The Orlando Magic have been in management in the course of the first half of their 126-123 additional time loss to the Sacramento Kings on Saturday on the Amway Middle.
Then the third quarter handed.
Particularly, a Magic third sport stuffed with turnovers (9 giveaways) led to Orlando blowing a 20-point lead and the Kings taking an 83-77 result in end the third which elevated to 92-82 early within the sport. fourth.
The Magic dug deep, leaning on a fourth-quarter acquisition of Paolo Banchero (10 factors, 2 assists within the quarter) to come back again and drive additional time.
However the Magic (2-8) have been outrun within the additional time, falling to the Kings (3-5) after De’Aaron Fox hit a 31-foot 3-pointer that went previous the buzzer to present Sacramento the victory.
“Within the NBA,” Banchero mentioned. “It is too lengthy a sport to be snug.”
Banchero completed with 33 factors (14-for-26 taking pictures), 15 rebounds and 4 assists for his first 30-point sport.
With Banchero’s first 30-point exhibiting in his tenth sport, he turned the second-fastest participant in staff historical past to document a 30-point sport behind solely Shaquille O’Neal (three video games).
Franz Wagner completed with 31 factors, 6 assists and 4 rebounds. The Magic leaned on Wagner after placing the ball in Banchero’s fingers within the fourth, with 10 of Wagner’s factors coming in additional time.
Wendell Carter Jr. added 17 factors, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in 39 minutes earlier than fouling out in additional time. Bol Bol had a career-high 23 factors with 7 rebounds and a couple of assists.
Fox led the Kings with 37 factors and 5 assists. He made three straight 3-pointers in additional time that gave the Kings a 112-111 lead with 3:38 remaining.
Harrison Barnes knocked down a nook 3 and Domantas Sabonis (25 factors, 11 rebounds, 6 assists) made a free throw after being fouled on the three by Barnes to make it 116-111.
The Magic struggled once more, with a Chuma Okeke steal and dunk with 6.6 seconds remaining to tie the sport at 23 in additional time.
However Fox hit Amway to ship the Magic again to their locker room with out the win.
“That hurts,” coach Jamahl Mosley mentioned. “We have now to return, get our job in [Sunday] and we now have the [Houston] rockets [Monday].”
The Magic utterly managed the primary half, limiting turnovers and entering into the paint to take a 65-47 halftime lead. However they did not maintain on to the lead and did not safe their first successful streak.
Orlando was 4-of-23 (17.4%) from 3-point vary in comparison with the Kings’ 15-of-40 (37.5%) and turned the ball over 18 instances for 26 Sacramento factors.
Saturday marked the primary time Mosley and Kings coach Mike Brown have been head coaches on the similar sport.
Mosley was an assistant coach on the teaching workers of Brown’s Cleveland Cavaliers in the course of the 2013-14 season.
They first related by way of legendary participant growth coach Tim Grgurich.
“I am so excited for him to get an opportunity,” Brown mentioned of Mosley earlier than the sport. “It’s greater than nicely deserved. He has this staff competing. It’s a younger staff. He has them competing at a excessive stage. Implausible job of what he’s doing.
“I discovered lots from him though he’s a youthful coach. We stay involved to this present day. That relationship has been there for a very long time. We have been each raised by the coach. [Grgurich], particularly within the off season. I used to be with Grgurich first, so I consider Jamahl as my little brother.”
Brown was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors from 2016 to 2022 earlier than changing into the Kings’ head coach in the course of the offseason.
“I am very excited that Mike is getting one other likelihood,” Mosley mentioned. “He is a good coach. He has been a mentor for years. The issues I discovered from him: his consideration to element, his stage of communication with the gamers, coaches and workers, and his spirit of bringing that very same power and fervour to the sport day by day. He was an excellent mentor to me.”