SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings don't defend well. The statistics say so. Even their coach has said so.
But the Orlando Magic struggled to score against the Kings on Friday night.
The Magic made just one-third of their shot attempts as they lost to the Kings 103-83 at Sleep Train Arena.
"Tonight, we got some good looks," Magic small forward Tobias Harris said. "They just didn't fall."
Arron Afflalo, Glen Davis and Jameer Nelson combined to make just nine of their 35 shot attempts.
"I know every shot I took was a great look," Davis said, hunched over in his chair in the Magic's locker room.
"Wide-open. No hand in my face. A late close-out. Shots I know I can make and I've made a thousand times. It's just frustrating."
The loss may have been costly.
Afflalo injured his right foot when he missed a fastbreak layup midway through the third quarter. Precautionary postgame X-rays showed no fractures, but Afflalo was limping badly and seems unlikely to play when the Magic face the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night in Denver.
"It doesn't worry me," Afflalo said. "But I definitely want to be healthy and I need to get back to playing at a high level to help the team, as we all do. I always tell guys, 'If you can play, get out there and play. If you're going to [play halfway], sit down and recover.'
"I'll just be honest with myself. I don't want to be a tough man and really hurt the team."
The Kings (12-22) took the lead midway through the second quarter on a 3-pointer by Jimmer Fredette and never trailed again.
Prior to Friday night, the Kings' opponents had averaged 39 field goals per game.
The Magic managed to make just 26 baskets.
Sacramento entered the night ranked next-to-last in the NBA in points allowed per game and next-to-last in field-goal percentage defense.
"It was unchartered territory for us," Kings coach Michael Malone said. "It felt good, obviously, to come out here and have the most complete defensive effort that we've had."
The Magic (10-26) have lost six consecutive games, matching their longest losing streak this season.
After the loss, a Sacramento-based reporter asked coach Jacque Vaughn how he'll motivate his players despite their losing streak.
The question produced an uncharacteristically animated response from Vaughn.
"Let me check my watch here," Vaughn said. "I don't think they're going to cancel that game tomorrow, so you better get ready. You better get ready. That's what this thing's about. This is what you do, right?
"If I'm a doctor, and I've got a surgery scheduled for tomorrow, I can't just stop. I've got to play. I've got to be ready, mindful of the things my professionalism is about. You stay ready. This is what you do. This is what you were born to do. This is what you were raised to do. Enjoy this thing. Take on the next challenge and be ready."
When Vaughn uttered those words, the Magic's next game was only 20 hours away.
They hope that game goes better than Friday night's did.
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