Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/15

Game 1: Sunday, January 15th
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Game 2: Saturday, January 21st
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OT
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Kings 78

(17-22, 5-11 away)

Magic 83

(16-22, 11-9 home)

    Coverage: KXTV

    7:00 PM ET, January 21, 2006

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    SAC 20 30 9 15 478
    ORL 21 18 17 18 983

    Top Performers

    Sac: B. Miller 16 Pts, 11 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Orl: D. Howard 19 Pts, 15 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Francis keys Magic win over Kings in OT

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Even though he was only 4-for-20 from the field, Steve Francis made the shots that counted.

    Francis had 18 points and nine rebounds, and made four free throws in overtime to give the Orlando Magic an 83-78 win over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

    The All-Star guard also made the basket that forced overtime on a layup with 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Mike Bibby then dribbled to the baseline and kicked it out to Brad Miller, who missed a long jumper that would've given the Kings the win.

    The Kings didn't make a field goal in the overtime period, and the Magic only had one.

    "If we go out there and play defense, we can win games," DeShawn Stevenson said.

    Stevenson's 20-foot jumper with 2:40 left in overtime gave the Magic their first lead since early in the second quarter. Orlando extended it to 78-76 on Hedo Turkoglu's free throw after Kenny Thomas was called for a foul with 2:02 left, then a technical for throwing the ball toward the scorer's table.

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim tied it at 78 with two free throws with 42 seconds remaining, but Francis gave Orlando an 80-78 lead with two free throws with 23 seconds left. He sealed the win with two more with 5.2 seconds to go.

    "They outscored us by 16 at the free throw line -- that's what did it," Bibby said. "That was big. We had more field goals than them, more 3s. They got us at the free throw line."

    Bibby had 17 points and five assists, Miller had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Peja Stojakovic added 14 points and eight boards for Sacramento in his second game back after missing three with a protruding disc in his lower back.

    "You can't say they did anything defensively on us," Stojakovic said. "We had a lot of open shots. I know I did -- especially in the fourth quarter."

    Turkoglu led the Magic with 22 points, while Dwight Howard had 19 points and 15 rebounds and Stevenson chipped in 13 points. Tony Battie had nine points and 10 rebounds for Orlando.

    Sacramento opened a six-game eastern trip by having its three-game winning streak snapped, while Orlando won its third straight.

    The Kings went cold in the second half, tying a season low with nine points in the third quarter while committing eight turnovers. Sacramento didn't score for the first 4:47 of the period, but still led 59-56 at the end on two jumpers by Miller and Bibby's 3-pointer.

    "It might have been our best half of basketball defensively all year long," Magic coach Brian Hill said.

    The Kings went into halftime with a 50-39 lead. The Magic led by one point at the end of the first quarter, then went 5-of-22 from the floor in the second period while the Kings were 12-of-21.

    Orlando was without guard Jameer Nelson, nursing a with a sprained right foot. Nelson has emerged as one of the team's most solid contributors, leading the Magic in scoring in four of the previous five games.

    Orlando had just 10 players available with Nelson's late scratch. Grant Hill, Kelvin Cato and Bo Outlaw remain on the inactive list because of injuries and Keyon Dooling is still serving a five-game suspension for fighting with Seattle's Ray Allen.

    Abdur-Rahim, in his second game back and playing with his mouth wired shut four weeks after his jaw was broken by Portland's Zach Randolph, had nine points in 20 minutes.

    Game notes


    Travis Diener's two points were the only ones scored by a Magic reserve the entire game. ... Sacramento shot just 37 from the field, while Orlando hit 34 percent. ... The Magic outrebounded the Kings 53-49.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SAC
    ORL
    Points 78 83
    FGM-FGA 32-87 (.368) 29-86 (.337)
    3PM-3PA 5-26 (.192) 0-12 (.000)
    FTM-FTA 9-11 (.818) 25-31 (.806)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-49 14-53
    Assists 17 14
    Turnovers 18 14
    Steals 6 7
    Blocks 2 4
    Fast Break Points 8 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (1/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 12 5

    Top Performers

    Sacramento
    Orlando
    Brad Miller Miller
    Points: 16
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Dwight Howard Howard
    Points: 19
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1