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Mar 23, 2024 9:57 pm

De’Aaron Fox lifts Kings over Magic, 109-107

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De’Aaron Fox scored 12 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, Keegan Murray added 22, and the visiting Sacramento Kings beat the Orlando Magic 109-107 on Saturday.

Domantas Sabonis recorded his 53rd consecutive double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Keon Ellis finished with a career-high 19 points. Ellis’ 3-pointer put the Kings (41-29) ahead 106-101 with 1:59 remaining.

Orlando (42-29) answered with six straight points to move ahead 107-106 with 26 seconds left before Fox made two free throws to put the Kings back on top with 21.2 seconds to play.

After the Magic missed three straight field goals, Ellis grabbed a rebound with two seconds left and made one of two free throws. Banchero’s 3-pointer at the buzzer missed the mark and ended a game that included 13 ties and 19 lead changes.

Jonathan Isaac matched a career-high with 25 points off the bench for Orlando, which had its five-game winning streak come to an end. Banchero scored 22 points, Franz Wagner added 18, Cole Anthony had 16, and Wendell Carter Jr. grabbed 11 rebounds.

Orlando trailed 27-26 at the end of the opening quarter despite getting 10 points from Isaac off the bench.

Sacramento struggled to contain Isaac, who finished the first half with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting. The half featured 12 lead changes and ended with Orlando holding a 56-54 advantage.

After opening the third quarter on a 20-9 run to move ahead 74-65, Sacramento was held to a pair of field goals in the final 7:03 of the period. Fox hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 81 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Magic shot 10 of 35 (28.6 percent) from 3-point range for the game and lost their sixth straight meeting against the Kings.

Orlando’s Gary Harris sat out due to a right plantar fascia strain, and fellow guard Caleb Houstan exited in the second quarter with a sore left ankle.

–Field Level Media

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