Magic at Kings: Orlando looks to stop skid in California's capital

Isaiah Thomas - Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Entering Friday's showdown with Sacramento, the Magic have dropped their last five games.

The Orlando Magic look to avoid tying a season-high six-game losing streak Friday against the Sacramento Kings.

Tipoff between Orlando and Sacramento is set for 10:00 PM Eastern on Fox Sports Florida and ESPN 580 AM in Orlando. The Orlando Pinstriped Post GameThread will appear at 8:00 PM in this StoryStream and on the cover.

Orlando's last time out: The Magic led the Portland Trail Blazers by four points after three periods on Wednesday, but Portland took command with a 39-point outburst in the fourth quarter to rout Orlando by a 110-94 margin. Arron Afflalo scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half for the Magic.

Sacramento's last time out: The Kings improved to 5-8 with new forward Rudy Gay in the lineup Tuesday with a 123-89 victory over Portland. Gay scored 32 points on 10-of-16 shooting, while DeMarcus Cousins had a monster night with 35 points, 13 boards, two assists, a steal, two blocks, and just two turnovers.

More Kings coverage: Sactown Royalty

The last meeting: On December 21st, the Kings used an 18-4 run to start the fourth quarter to upset the Magic in Orlando, 105-100. Isaiah Thomas and Gay scored 23 apiece to lead the Kings, helping the visitors triumph despite 26 from Afflalo and 21 from Tobias Harris.

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