ORLANDO, Fla. – Jermaine Taylor had 21 points, Beno Udrih added 18 and the Sacramento Kings beat Orlando 111-105 on Wednesday night to snap a five-game losing streak against the Magic.
Samuel Dalembert and Jason Thompson had 17 points apiece for Sacramento, which won for just the third time in its last 11 games.
Dwight Howard had 31 points and 17 rebounds for Orlando. Hedo Turkoglu added 19 and Jameer Nelson 15.
The Kings played their fourth straight game without starting shooting guard Tyreke Evans, who is recovering from plantar fasciitis in his left foot. But Sacramento got a very solid night from Taylor, who played his college ball at Orlando's University of Central Florida.
Sacramento big man DeMarcus Cousins started off defending Howard, and struggled offensively for the second straight game. The rookie went 2 for 7 from the field and finished with nine points.
Orlando led 84-79 after three but Sacramento put together a 12-6 surge to take a 91-90 lead with 8:35 left. it was back and forth from there as neither team could grab control of the game.
Howard made two free throws to tie it at 98 but Dalembert responded with consecutive baskets for the Kings. Udrih made a layup with 1:52 to play to make it 104-100 Sacramento.
The Magic pulled within two again on Nelson's jumper before Thompson hit two free throws to make it 106-102 and Luther Head connected from the right wing made it a six-point lead with 20 seconds to play.
Sacramento shot 52 percent from the field, compared to 44 percent for Orlando.
The Kings jumped to a 31-25 lead at the end of one, shooting a blistering 60 percent from the field (14 for 23) in the opening period. They also got a strong start from Taylor, who had 11 points in the quarter.
NOTES: Kings G/F Francisco Garcia missed his 17th straight game with a strained left calf and is expected to be out one to two more weeks. ... Taylor started his fourth straight game in place of the injured Evans. ... Evans' foot was re-examined Monday in Los Angeles and he was fitted for a walking boot. He will be re-evaluated in three weeks.