The Orlando Magic haven't won consecutive games in nearly two months. They have a good chance of ending that stretch as they host the struggling Sacramento Kings on Saturday.

Neither Orlando (30-36) nor Sacramento (28-37) has played particularly well recently, with the Magic just 3-10 since the All-Star break and the Kings having lost five straight. Both teams are still in the playoff picture, although the Magic have a much better chance of making the postseason playing in the weaker Eastern Confernce. Orlando is tied for the eighth playoff spot in that conference, while the Kings have three teams ahead of them.

The Magic snapped a three-game losing streak with a 101-90 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. Dwight Howard had 31 points and 15 rebounds, while Hedo Turkoglu added 22 points, eight rebounds and four steals.

Orlando shot 55.7 percent from the field - its best shooting night since the All-Star break.

"Everybody stepped up and did something great for us tonight," Howard said. "We've got to have it to finish the season on the right note.

"If we play like we did tonight, we should make the playoffs."

After finishing the first month of the season with one of the league's best records, the Magic are just 8-22 since Jan. 12. Coach Brian Hill said despite the slump, that it isn't time to panic about missing the playoffs.

"Like I said to the guys tonight, it only takes one or two nights to change this whole thing around and get you back in the hunt," Hill said. "Now it's about staying there and not losing any more ground."

Although the team is struggling, Howard has done well since the break. He's averaging 20.7 points in the last 13 games - up from 17.6 in his first 53 games. He was 13-of-16 from the field on Wednesday after going 8-of-11 for 26 points in a loss to Charlotte on Monday.

This is the second meeting between Orlando and Sacramento this season. The Magic won 92-89 on Dec. 4 thanks to a 3-pointer by Jameer Nelson with 1.7 seconds left. Howard had 18 points to lead the Magic, who won their first game in Sacramento in nearly 13 years.

Orlando last won consecutive games on Jan. 31 and Feb. 2, defeating Milwaukee and New Jersey, respectively.

Sacramento is experiencing similar struggles after an impressive stretch put the team in the playoff hunt. The Kings went 11-6 from Jan. 31-March 6, but their current losing streak has tied the team's second-longest of the season.

The Kings dropped a 103-97 decision to the Miami Heat on Friday. Ron Artest scored 32 points and added 11 rebounds for his first double-double in over a month, and Mike Bibby added 21 points, but Sacramento scored just 17 first-quarter points and allowed Miami to make 13-of-21 shots from 3-point range.

"They spaced the floor with their 3-point shooting and put us in a tough position early," Kings coach Eric Musselman said.

The Kings also had a five-game skid from Dec. 1-7, and their longest this season is a seven-game slump from Jan. 4-17.

Artest is averaging 22.3 points in the four games since a two-game absence following his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence - nearly four points more than his season average of 18.9 points.

Artest is averaging 14.5 points in 17 games against the Magic. After missing the first meeting between the teams this year, Saturday will be just the second time he's faced Orlando in the last three years.

The Magic have won four of their last five home games against the Kings.


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