The Sacramento Kings looked like a team that had four days of rest and practice as they rolled to a wire-to-wire 121-107 thumping of the Orlando magic Wednesday night at the Amway Center in Florida. The victory was their second-straight and brought them back to within three games of .500 at 7-10 for the season.
Buddy Hield broke out of his scoring slump with a season-high 29 points, including 7-for-12 from deep. He also grabbed five rebounds, had three steals, and a block for the night.
But the big news was the team’s newfound efforts on defense. For the second-straight game, Sacramento put the clamps on their opponents, holding Orlando to just 41.7 percent from the field.
Maybe all this team needed was a little Covid-forced break to catch their breaths and rest their bodies to find their mojo again. Surprised that more teams are not considering this little trick to get some rest days in a season when there are rarely, if ever, two days in a row off.
The Kings head over to Tampa Bay next for a rematch with the Toronto Raptors on Friday, before facing the Miami Heat on Saturday.