Kings fall to Orlando, Magic with local ties play well

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By Scott Levin
Sports Informant Contributing Writer

It was a very competitive game for three quarters. The Kings led by two points heading into the fourth, and then Sacramento completely fell apart. With Tyreke Evans and Omri Casspi on the bench to start the frame, Orlando clamped down on defense. When all was said and done, the Magic had allowed just four Kings field goals, as they outscored Sacramento 33-10 in the final period. The Kings finished the game with an ugly 34.9% field goal percentage.

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With Orlando, the focus on both ends of the court is Dwight Howard, and Howard was at his best on Tuesday. Offensively, his low-post game has improved quite a bit from last season. He also punished the Kings by distributing the basketball while being double, triple and even quadruple teamed. On defense, his presence alone altered countless Kings shots, and he was clearly on the mind of any Kings player looking to drive the lane. Howard finished the night with 30 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks.

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All-Star Weekend should be full of Kings

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By Scott Levin
Sports Informant Contributing Writer

NBA All-Star Weekend kicks off Feb. 11 in Dallas and for the first time since 2004, Sacramento figures to be represented in the week’s activities. The All-Star game may be a long shot, but several Kings have a chance to participate in the other contests.

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Top 5 Kings moments of 2009

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By Scott Levin
Sports Informant Contributing Writer

It’s been a tale of two seasons in 2009 for the Sacramento Kings. The Kings record in 2009 was 23-58 (9-41 last season and 14-17 this season), a brutal 35 games below .500 due in large part to the disaster that was the 2008-2009 season. A trade brought instability to the roster and as a result, a heap of losses came with it. The summer marked the turnaround, and the start of the 2009-2010 season has brought excitement back to the team. Here are the top 5 Kings moments of 2009.

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Maloofs do the right thing in extending Petrie’s contract

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By Scott Levin
Sports Informant Contributing Writer

The Maloofs made it official Tuesday, agreeing to a 3-year contract extension with President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. The move had been in the works for a few weeks, with the Kings spirited play to open the 2009 season reflecting well on the Kings’ architect.

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Paul Westphal has engineered a complete turnaround from a year ago. (Photo courtesy Greg Ashman)

Kings a far cry from a season ago

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By Scott Levin
Sports Informant Contributing Writer

When Paul Westphal was hired to be the Kings fifth coach in as many seasons, he inherited what most believed was a mess. The Kings were coming off a 17-65 season, the worst record in the NBA and the worst record in franchise history.

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