Man, you really just don’t know what to expect from a regular season game these days. 

The Sacramento Kings were playing on the second night of a back-to-back set after an embarrassing loss to the Charlotte Hornets where the Kings were a -16 favorite to win. Facing them were the Orlando Magic who similarly had a painful loss to the Golden State Warriors the night before. 

After such draining defeats, the two teams somehow managed to find themselves in an all-out war that needed two overtimes. Much of the credit has to go to the Magic, who lost Franz Wagner early in the game due to an ankle injury.

With his co-star missing, Paolo Banchero reminded everyone that he’s one of the NBA’s brightest rising stars after finishing the game with 43 points, four rebounds and five assists while shooting 13 of 25 from the field.

Alas, it was just barely too little as the Magic fell 138-135 to the Kings. Although Sacramento had the more complete team injury-wise, they certainly found themselves in a ton of trouble in regulation thanks to Orlando’s unbelievable three-point shooting. The Magic shot over 60% for most of the game and finished it with 25-44 clip (56.8%) from beyond the arc. It set a brand new record for the franchise and Banchero (6 of 9), Jalen Suggs (6 of 12), Chuma Okeke (3 of 4), Mo Wagner (2 of 2), Wendell Carter Jr. (3 of 3) and Caleb Houston (4 of 6) all shot the lights out.


With De’Aaron Fox struggling with 15 points, four rebounds, seven assists and a steal on a painful 6 of 22 from the field, the Kings needed someone else to step up. That man was Fox’s former Kentucky teammate Malik Monk, who had his season-best performance with 37 points, three rebounds, nine assists, two steals and a block in 46 minutes of play. 

Monk made a ton of clutch plays on both ends of the floor and again made his case for Sixth Man of the Year.

Domantas Sabonis also had a bit of a redemption game with a proper triple-double of 22 points, 23 rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and a block. That made up for his ‘cripple-double’ against Charlotte, where he hit double digits in turnovers. Keegan Murray also had a bit of a resurgent night with 28 points and 12 rebounds. 

The game will end up being one of those classics to watch on replay in a few years. For those of you that missed the game, check out the highlights below.