Howard, Bench Depose Kings

Cook and Dooling spark fourth-quarter burst as Kings lose first since Bibby trade
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2008 10:22 PM CST
Howard, Bench Depose Kings
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, right, is fouled by Sacramento Kings center Brad Miller while going up for a shot during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)   (Associated Press)

The post-Bibby Kings finally lost, falling flat in Orlando in the decisive fourth quarter. Backups Brian Cook and Keyon Dooling combined for 20 in a 22-8 run that gave the Magic a commanding 20-point lead. Dwight Howard was his customary monster self, leading his team with 26 points and 10 rebounds in the 112-93 win.

Sacramento guard Kevin Martin was clutch early but quiet late, finishing with 21 and a position-belying 10 boards. Ron Artest added 23 for the new-look Kings, who had won three straight since trading franchise face Mike Bibby to Atlanta. His replacement, ex-Spur Beno Udrih, notched just 2 points. (Read more NBA stories.)

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