Bibby’s Career-High 42 Leads Kings Past Magic
Sacramento 104, Orlando 100
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 15 (Ticker) -- Mike Bibby added to the Orlando Magic's road woes.
Bibby scored a career-high 42 points as the Sacramento Kings held on for a 104-100 victory over the struggling Magic, who have dropped eight straight road games.
"(Bibby) was terrific," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "He made big shot after big shot. We needed it."
"In the middle of the third I looked up and saw (Bibby) had 24 points, so I knew it was going to be one of those nights," said Sacramento guard Kevin Martin, who notched his first career double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. "As he goes, our team goes."
Bibby collected 15 points in the third period and his 3-pointer with 45 seconds left in the session gave Sacramento its biggest lead, 74-60. But the Kings let up in the final quarter, allowing the Magic to almost steal a win.
With 3:44 to go, rookie Travis Diener nailed a 3-pointer to cap a 16-6 surge and pull Orlando within 90-86. After Bibby made 1-of-2 free throws, Brad Miller drained a 3-pointer with 2:16 left to push the lead back to 94-86 and seemingly end the Magic's threat.
But rookie Francisco Garcia missed two foul shots with 30 seconds remaining and Hedo Turkoglu drained a shot from the arc 10 seconds later to cut the deficit to 96-94. However, Martin hit four foul shots and Miller and Bibby made two apiece down the stretch, sending Orlando to its fourth straight loss overall.
"It felt good that I hit (the free throws)," Martin said. "If I wouldn't have made them, it wouldn't have felt so good. It's much different shooting in the fourth quarter than the second quarter."
The Kings made 34-of-40 (85 percent) free throws to Orlando's 13-of-20 effort, offsetting the Magic's 25-4 advantage in bench scoring.
Miller collected 21 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists for Sacramento, which has defeated Orlando in 10 of the last 13 meetings.
"(Bibby and I) feel like we need to step up and play together well to get things going for this team," Miller said. "Mike made a lot of big shots early for us, which got us going."
Jameer Nelson scored 29 points on 12-of-19 shooting and added nine assists while Dwight Howard collected 18 points and 19 boards for his 26th double-double of the season for the Magic.
"We made it into a game," Nelson said. "They did what they're supposed to do, make foul shots. (Bibby's) a great player. He deserved it. He worked hard, made shots, and did anything he could to help his team win."
The Kings improved to 14-3 at Arco Arena against the Magic, winning the last 11 in the series here.
"It was a tough trip," Orlando coach Brian Hillsaid. "We went 0-4 on the trip but we'll just have to regroup. We're going to be on the road a lot this month. We just have to stay together as a team, work hard, and hopefully go home and get a win for confidence sake."
Sacramento hit the 90-point mark for the first time in five games, avoiding its worst offensive stretch in 50 years.
Grant Hill saw his first action since January 10 for Orlando, scoring 18 points in 37 minutes before being rested the final two minutes as a precautionary measure by Brian Hill.
Bibby's status for Tuesday's game against Phoenix is unknown.