Joerger earns 200th win as Kings beat Magic 94-88
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 10, 2018 01:33 PM
Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield, center, charges against Orlando Magic forward Jonathon Simmons during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Kosta Koufos had a season-high 18 points and 13 rebounds, Garrett Temple scored 23 points and the Sacramento Kings beat the Orlando Magic 94-88 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) to give coach Dave Joerger his 200th career win.
Vince Carter added 15 points and Skal Labissiere had eight points and seven rebounds for Sacramento before leaving with an injured left hip. The Kings have won 3-of-5 after losing their first four coming out of the All-Star break.
Koufos and Temple made rare starts with center Willie Cauley-Stein and rookie point guard De'Aaron Fox out nursing injuries and helped Sacramento complete a sweep of Orlando in a matchup of two struggling teams.
The duo shot a combined 16-of-22 and did most of their scoring in the second half when the Kings led by 15. Koufos had his first double-double since Feb. 11 (Feb. 12, PHL time) while Temple had his highest point total since Jan. 23 (Jan. 24, PHL time).
Carter, the 41-year-old former dunk king, pitched in with nine of his points in the fourth quarter to help Sacramento hold on.
Jonathon Simmons had 25 points and six assists for Orlando. Nikola Vucevic added 13 points and Mario Hezonja scored 11. The Magic have lost 10-of-12.
Orlando played its first game since losing Evan Fournier to a torn left MCL he suffered Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) in Los Angeles. Fournier has said he is optimistic about returning before the end of the regular season.
Labissiere suffered a bruised hip while attempting to dunk on a lob pass from Buddy Hield in the first quarter. Labisssiere was fouled from behind by Jonathon Simmons, crashed hard to the court and lay there for several moments while being attended to by a team trainer before being helped to his feet. He returned and played 7.5 minutes in the third before going to the bench for good.
Magic: Orlando missed eight of its first night shots to begin the game. ... D.J. Augustin was questionable before the game because of a sore right ankle but he started and had 12 points with seven assists in 28 minutes.
Kings: Bogdan Bogdanovic went more than six quarters without scoring before making a 19-foot jumper early in the third quarter. ... Fox was held out after suffering a lower back strain in the first quarter of Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) loss to New Orleans. ... Cauley-Stein missed his fourth straight game with a lower back strain. ... Two-way player and fan favorite Jack Cooley scored the team's first six points of the fourth quarter.
Magic: Travel to Los Angeles to play the Clippers on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).
Kings: Play at Denver on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).