SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Brad Miller pleaded for the opportunity to get his first triple-double, and Rick Adelman gave it to him.
During a timeout early in the fourth quarter, Miller was headed
to the bench when he asked Adelman to leave him in. His 10th assist
came a short time later on a pass to Bobby Jackson.
"He had to beg me to stay in the game, he wanted two more
assists to get the triple-double," Adelman said. "He wanted two
more minutes and I told him he had three possessions. I usually
don't do that. I guess he owes Bobby (Jackson) a dinner."
It was the fourth straight victory for the Kings, who are
unbeaten in six games at home this season and extended their Arco
Arena winning streak over Eastern Conference opponents to 22 games.
"We played a good game for 48 minutes," Vlade Divac said.
"They are not that bad. ... After losing so many games their
confidence is low."
There was little suspense in this one. Benefiting from a fast
start, the Kings led by 10 points after one quarter and by 16 at
Showing no mercy to a team concluding the fifth and final game
of its road trip, the Kings opened the third quarter by making 10
of 11 shots, hiking their lead to 83-56 with 5:51 remaining.
"They are a very good team, we knew coming in it would not be
easy," Magic coach Johnny Davis said. "We wanted to give them
more competition than we did. I thought we gave into them a little
It was another evening of frustration for the Magic, who are 0-2
under Davis and haven't dropped this many games since losing 17
straight in the 1991-92 season.
Tracy McGrady never got on track offensively, sitting out the
final 15½ minutes. He shot 6-of-17 and finished with 12 points,
nine rebounds and seven assists in 29 minutes. Gordan Giricek led
Orlando with 19 points, Tyronn Lue had 12, while Steven Hunter
scored 11 and Andrew DeClercq added 10.
"Its been a tough week, dealing with all this, the losing, the
coach (Doc Rivers) being fired and all the criticism for me and the
team," McGrady said. "Playing the Kings on the last game of a
road trip, everyone just wanted to go home and get this over
With the Magic determined to stay in a zone defense in the first
half, the Kings used their precision passing and outside shooting
to take a 60-44 lead. Bibby made four 3-pointers and had 16
first-half points and Stojakovic added 13.
"They are a tough team to zone or play man-to-man," Davis
said. "We wanted to keep the game close and not let them get out
the gates on us in the first half."
Game Notes: McGrady rarely ventured inside in the opening half and
missed all five of his 3-point attempts. ... Orlando has lost nine
straight at Arco Arena since last winning on Dec. 19, 1993. ... Led
by Miller's 15 points, the Kings made 13 of 18 third quarter shots,
outscoring the Magic 35-28.