Paolo Banchero leads Magic to thrilling summer league win over Kings – The Denver Post


Paolo Banchero made it clear he wants to show during summer league that he can become a “go-to guy” for the Orlando Magic.

His first two performances suggest that could happen while also showing the work that needs to be done.

After impressing in his summer league debut in a win over the Houston Rockets Thursday, Banchero led the Magic in their 94-92 double-overtime win over the Sacramento Kings Saturday afternoon at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Banchero complied 23 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks, and was once again the team’s offensive hub for most of his time on the floor.

He wasn’t as efficient from the field (6 of 15) compared to Thursday and struggled with taking care of the ball (8 turnovers), but found success in getting to the line and creating scoring opportunities for his teammates as a ball handler.

Admiral Schofield finished with 14 points (3 of 5 on 3-pointers) while R.J. Hampton had 13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

Orlando led for the entire second half, including by 82-64 in the middle of the fourth quarter, but the Kings started to force the ball out of Banchero’s hands late in the game.

The gameplan was successful, with Sacramento holding the Magic to 5 points during the final 5:26 of regulation to help get back into the game.

Orlando struggled with turnovers during that stretch, including Banchero’s bad inbounds pass with 0.1 seconds remaining in regulation to Keegan Murray, who hit a 3 to force the game into overtime tied at 87.

The Kings led 92-89 with six seconds left in overtime before Devin Cannady (10 points) knocked down 3 free throws after being fouled on an attempt from beyond the arc to take the game into sudden-death second overtime.

Banchero blocked a Neemias Queta alley-oop attempt on the Kings’ first possession of the second overtime before assisting Emanuel Terry on a layup on the ensuing for the win.

The Magic will play the Oklahoma City Thunder at 9 p.m. on Monday (ESPN) in their next summer league contest.

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