What went right:
1. Second half defense- The Magic held Sacramento to 43% shooting (35-81) and forced 14 Kings turnovers. After a shaky start, Orlando’s defensive rotations were crisp and Dwight Howard was a presence at the basket.
2. Brian Cook- Cook helped break the game open in the fourth quarter as he scored 11 of his 14 points in the first four and a half minutes of the period. Cook finished 5 for 8 from the field and 4 for 5 from three point range.
3. Another double-double for Dwight- Howard scored 26 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and had two blocked shots. Howard shot 10 for 13 from the field.
4. Three-point shooting- The Magic hit on 11 of 22 three’s, led by Brian Cook’s 4 for 5 from behind the arc, and Rashard Lewis’ 4 for 6.
5. Bench play- The Orlando bench outscored Sacramento 37-31, led by Brian Cook and Keyon Dooling’s 14 point each.
6. Ball handling- Orlando committed just 8 turnovers against a Sacramento defense that seemed to be a little disinterested.
7. Frontcourt dominance- The Magic frontcourt outscored the Kings frontcourt 71-55 en route to the blowout victory.
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