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January 8, 2012
Kings fall to Magic, 104-97

Kings coach Keith Smart addresses the media following his team's loss to the Orlando Magic.

The Magic used a 13-5 run to pull away late in the fourth quarter and beat the Kings, 104-97, at Power Balance Pavilion.

After falling behind by nine points in the third, the Kings rallied to take an 85-84 lead on a layup by Tyreke Evans with 7:26 left in the game.

But with the game tied at 87-87, Jason Richardson hit a three-pointer to start the Magic's late run.

The Kings (3-6) put Magic center Dwight Howard in early foul trouble, and Howard finished with just 5 points and 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. But Orlando's bench picked up the slack, contributing 42 points, including 20 from Glen Davis.

Evans had a game-high 28 points and 8 assists for the Kings. He was helped into the locker room shortly before halftime after landing awkwardly on his left ankle, but returned to play the entire second half with the ankle taped.

"It's good," Evans said of the ankle after the game. "A little sore right now, but I'll just ice it when I get home, ice it on the plane and be ready to play in Philly on Tuesday."

DeMarcus Cousins had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and J.J. Hickson had 14 points and 11 rebounds starting in place of Chuck Hayes.

Richardson led the Magic (6-3) with 22 points, and Ryan Anderson added 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Howard did not score his first points or grab his first rebound until the fourth quarter. He picked up two fouls in the first two minutes of the game and went to the bench, while Cousins scored 10 points in the first eight minutes.

Cousins said the Kings had an early advantage with Howard in foul trouble, "but we didn't take advantage of that advantage. Like I said, we've just got to get better in our late-game situations. It's early on, it's still early in the season, and we've still got a lot of work to do."

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