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Tied with the Kings at the half, Orlando opened its lead by six in the third quarter, then blew Sacramento away down the stretch Sunday.
Orlando 112, Sacramento 93
The All-Star ended up with a 4½ minute breather and, in his absence, Orlando's lead kept growing.
The Magic entered the fourth ahead 74-68. No Orlando starter scored until Howard hit two free throws with 4:28 remaining, but by then the lead was 100-79.
"We sort of rode the high pick-and-roll with Keyon and Brian to really stretch the lead a little bit," Van Gundy said. "And then Dwight just took care of everything inside, so things started opening up for guys on the perimeter."
"I think we have a lot of weapons on this team, all the way to the last player," Cook said.
Orlando struggled early. The Magic trailed by as many as eight in the first half, when Kevin Martin scored 14 of his 21 points. Orlando was 15-of-40 (37.5 percent) from the field through two quarters, while Sacramento went 17-for-39 (43.6 percent).
The Magic ended up outshooting the Kings 48 percent to 43 percent.
"Defensively was really where our big problem was tonight, and giving them a lot of layups," Miller said. "We talked about not giving them open looks at 3's, and obviously Cook hit a bunch and then Dooling started hitting them. Everyone just had a really bad night."
The Kings had won three straight since trading Mike Bibby to the Atlanta Hawks for four players and a draft pick.
But none of the guys Sacramento received has contributed much. Guard Anthony Johnson averaged 12 minutes in the first three games -- by far the most of the new players -- but didn't enter the game Sunday. Forward Shelden Williams has played fewer than 10 minutes in each of the four games, and Tyronn Lue and Lorenzen Wright haven't played at all.
Sitting on a 20-point lead, Van Gundy got so comfortable he even used fan favorite J.J. Redick. The former Duke star had one point in 2:46. Carlos Arroyo, once Orlando's starting point guard but a recent bench fixture, was the only active player who didn't get minutes for the Magic.
"The bench's role is going to be ever-changing and ever-evolving," Dooling said. "Some nights it's defense and other nights the minutes are not necessarily there, so we just have to come in and affect the game in a positive way, any way we can. Tonight I think we did that."
Notes: Kings coach Reggie Theus played for Orlando in its inaugural 1989-90 season. Appropriately, it was "'80s Night'' at Amway Arena on Sunday, with music from the decade and cheerleaders in leotards. ... Van Gundy nearly became coach of the Kings in June, after Orlando hired Billy Donovan. The Magic coach was actually in Sacramento the day before Orlando introduced him as their second choice. ... Sacramento has three games left on a five-game road trip.