The Magic came in with the league’s best road record, coming in after a victory over the Spurs on Sunday night.
The Kings hadn’t won consecutive games since November, while the Magic had lost 12 of their last 13 visits to Sacramento. Both of those stats would change tonight.
The Magic shot the Kings out of the building and cruised to a 139-107 victory.
The Kings were clearly focused on stopping Dwight Howard. In doing so, they left the three-point line open all night long. This led to a record setting shooting night for the Magic.
Before the night was over, the Magic would go into the record books by making 23 three-pointers.
The game started at a break-neck pace, with both teams making shots, but also turning the ball over frequently.
Kevin Martin attacked the rim whenever he got the ball for the Kings, while the Magic made four of their first five three-point attempts.
As the teams deployed their benches, the pace didn’t slow a bit. At the end of the first quarter, the Magic led 41-29.
The Magic continued their torrid shooting in the second quarter. For the first half, they would shoot 13-of-19 from the three-point line, setting a Sacramento Kings record for allowed three-point shots allowed in a half.
The Magic led 75-56 at the half and looked poised to keep up the pace and run the Kings out of the building, which they did.
The great shooting by the Magic simply wouldn’t stop. By the end of the third quarter, they had made 18 three-pointers. The score was 107-85 headed to the fourth quarter.
With the game no longer in question, the drama shifted to whether or not the Magic would tie or break the all time record for three-pointers made in an NBA game (21, by the Raptors in 2005 against the 76ers).
In the fourth quarter, the record would fall as the Magic made five more three’s to finish with 23, setting the new record for made three-point shots.
In all, nine different Magic players made at least one three-point shot.
Howard finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds, while Jameer Nelson added 23 points, 11 assists, and five steals for the Magic.