Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/9

Game 1: Friday, November 9th
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Magic115
Game 2: Tuesday, December 11th
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Kings112

Magic 100

(11-12, 5-8 away)

Kings 112

(17-5, 11-1 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:00 PM ET, December 11, 2001

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 26 20 28 26100
    SAC 25 30 30 27112

    Top Performers

    Orl: M. Miller 17 Pts, 9 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Blk

    Sac: C. Webber 24 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Webber finding niche, Magic struggling on road

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- He paced. He screamed. He sighed. He threw his hands in the air.

    Predrag Stojakovic continued to flourish Tuesday, scoring 23 in the Kings' victory.

    Rick Adelman didn't get a whole lot of enjoyment from his 500th career victory until it was over.

    Chris Webber had 24 points and nine rebounds in his second game back from injury as the Sacramento Kings beat the Orlando Magic 112-100 on Tuesday night.

    To reach the milestone victory, the Kings beat a team playing the same style Sacramento has perfected since Adelman arrived three seasons earlier. Orlando is playing with even more offensive urgency than Sacramento, which led the league in scoring each of the past two seasons.

    "It's hard to play us here like that, but that's a hard team to play against," Adelman said. "It's great to get this win at home in front of the fans and my family, but they really made us work for it."

    Adelman is the 22nd NBA coach to win 500 games, but the landmark victory wasn't easy. Though the Kings led comfortably through most of the final three quarters, Adelman was visibly upset by his team's poor defensive rotations, which gave the Magic's mobile jumpshooters plenty of open looks.

    The franchise honored Adelman at midcourt in a short ceremony after the game, with captains Webber and Vlade Divac presenting him the game ball and a plaque.

    "We've been together for the past four years, through the good and bad times," Divac said. "It was nice to see him get all those presents. He deserves it."

    The Magic were playing their fourth game in five nights -- with a transcontinental flight on their only off-day -- but it didn't show until the Kings pulled away in the fourth quarter.

    "Once they get that lead, they're very difficult because they shoot the ball so well," Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "We moved the ball, we spaced the floor, and we ran pick-and-rolls as well as you can run them. That kept us close, but we just couldn't cut into it."

    With Tracy McGrady, Mike Miller and Pat Garrity bombing away at any opportunity, the Kings relied on defense, passing and rebounding to end a five-game homestand with their fourth straight victory.

    Predrag Stojakovic scored 23 points as the Kings improved to 17-5 -- the best start in the franchise's 54-year history. Hedo Turkoglu added 17 points in a reserve role as the Kings beat the Magic at Arco Arena for the seventh straight time.

    Webber, still moving a bit gingerly after missing the season's first 20 games with a sprained ankle, scored eight points in the third quarter as the Kings pulled away. He was only one part of a typically balanced Sacramento attack, which produced a season-high 31 assists and outrebounded the Magic 55-39.

    McGrady, one night after scoring 47 points in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, had 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting. Miller had 17 points for the Magic, who have lost the first three games of their six-game road trip.

    "It's difficult, but you've got to find a way to win," Miller said of the Magic's tough stretch, which continues with three games in the next five days. "They're playing well. Their defense is up a little bit, and that's what it all comes down to."

    Webber still is searching for rhythm with his teammates, though his role is essentially the same as it was last season, when he led the Kings to the NBA's fourth-best record.

    He played primarily on the perimeter against Orlando, passing the ball well and only occasionally driving the hoop. He also committed offensive fouls on consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter, allowing the Magic to get back within nine points after leading by 17 earlier.

    Garrity scored nine straight for Orlando to cut the lead to 98-89 with four minutes left, but Turkoglu hit a 3-pointer, and Webber made a short hook shot to seal it.

    Garrity had 17 points in a reserve role for Orlando, and Darrell Armstrong added 12. Orlando had a season-low eight offensive rebounds.

    Mike Bibby had seven points and 11 assists for the Kings. Doug Christie had 10 points and a season-high 13 rebounds.

    Game notes
    The game was dominated by streaks in the first half. Orlando led 26-17 before Sacramento made a 20-2 run. ... Christie knocked a loose ball onto the scorer's table in the third quarter, tipping over a statistics monitor. When Christie retrieved the ball, he neatly righted the monitor before returning to the court. ... Adelman is sixth on the franchise's victories list with 143. Les Harrison won 295 games with the Rochester Royals from 1948-55.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ORL
    SAC
    Points 100 112
    FGM-FGA 40-91 (.440) 45-91 (.495)
    3PM-3PA 11-29 (.379) 7-16 (.438)
    FTM-FTA 9-10 (.900) 15-18 (.833)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-39 14-55
    Assists 27 31
    Turnovers 11 14
    Steals 9 10
    Blocks 6 5
    Fast Break Points 14 23
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 16 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Orlando
    Sacramento
    Mike Miller Miller
    Points: 17
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Chris Webber Webber
    Points: 24
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2