In the second of a back-to-back for both teams on Saturday, the Kings could not contain Tobias Harris who went for 27 points as the Magic defeated Sacramento 105-96 at Sleep Train Arena.
Sacramento (10-10) played its fifth straight game without DeMarcus Cousins, who was out with a viral infection; while Orlando (9-15) was missing its starting center as well in Nikola Vučević, who missed his fourth straight game due to a low back sprain.
Ben Gordon’s 3-pointer and turnaround jumper extended Orlando’s lead entering the fourth quarter to the largest of the night at 82-66.
The Kings bounced back with a 24-8 run, fueled by 11 points from Derrick Williams to tie the game at 90 with 3:59 to go.
However, Orlando responded with a 7-0 run via an Elfrid Payton layup, which was followed by a desperation 3-pointer by Channing Frye as the shot clock expired. Victor Oladipo's jumper then made it 97-90 with 2:17 to go in the fourth.
Orlando outscored the Kings the rest of the way, eight to six, to seal the win.
The Magic went 5-for-6 from the floor to seize an early 11-7 lead on the Kings but Sacramento battled back.
Darren Collison scored eight points in the period including two free throws with three seconds remaining to tie the game at 27 at the end of the first.
Orlando went on an 18-7 run to start the second quarter, which was propelled by six points from Payton and capped by a Dewayne Dedmon 3-pointer to give the Magic a 45-34 lead.
Sacramento responded going on a 15-7 run fueled by five points from Rudy Gay and four apiece from Collison and Jason Thompson to cut Orlando's lead to 52-49 at the half.
The third quarter started with a 10-3 Orlando run, but Sacramento cut the 10-point deficit to three at 63-60 on bank shot from Gay at the 7:07 mark.
However, the Magic weathered the run and extended the lead via a 12-2 run, to make it 75-62 at the 2:42 mark.
The third quarter ended with Orlando leading 77-66.
Collison led the Kings with 22 points while Thompson scored a season-high 18 and Gay contributed 16 points in the defeat.
Williams finished with 14 points off the bench, all coming in the fourth quarter.
Along with Harris' game-high 27 points, the Magic had four others in double figures: Oladipo (16), Evan Fournier (15), Kyle O’Quinn (13) and Ben Gordon (10).
STANDOUT PERFORMER: Harris terrorized Sacramento going for 27 points.
TURNING POINT: Orlando proved its resilience after the Kings tied the game at 90 with 3:59 remaining, outscoring Sacramento 15-6 the rest of the way.
INJURY UPDATE: Kings – C DeMarcus Cousins (viral infection) was out.
Magic – F Aaron Gordon (fractured fifth metatarsal, left foot) and G Devyn Marble (strained right rotator cuff) and C Nikola Vučević (sprained low back) were out.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Kings' five-game homestand concludes on Monday hosting the Jazz.