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.
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
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
"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
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.
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