After the disappointing bankruptcy against the Pacers during the week, the Los Angeles Lakers are started with a 116: 105 success at the Orlando Magic in their East Coast Trip. The first half of the Lakers still put in the sand, but Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony sink the brave householders.
- Orlando Magic (8-39) - Los Angeles Lakers (23-23) 105: 116 (Boxscore)
- Los Angeles Lakers: Strong second half brings the victory
Orlando Magic (8-39) - Los Angeles Lakers (23-23) 105: 116 (Boxscore)
LeBron ended the game as Topscorer and gathered a total of 29 points (12/23 FG, 2/7 threesome), 7 rebounds and 5 assists, but also made 6 ball losses. The turnover as well as the defense for a long time were a problem for the guests from Hollywood, which only after the side change so really spotted and brought themselves to the winning road with a 31: 16-neighborhood in the third round.
The Lakers had also owed to Carmelo Anthony next to LeBron, which scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half and there are 4/5 threesters (a total of 8/13 FG). Also Stanley Johnson (11) as well as Malik Monk (10) delivered good production from the Bank, Russell Westbrook also delivered a decent game (18, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 turnover at 8/17 FG).
"That's exactly what we want. We want to be. And that's the team we should be," Melo said addressed to the strong start to the third quarter of the Lakers. L.a. Now have to prove to Miami, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Charlotte and Atlanta that you can really get such a performance constantly.
For the Magic, who now lost 14 of past 15 games, Jalen Suggs (22 and 9 Assists, Career Highs) was the most diligent, but also an inefficient point collector (6/16 fg. 1/7 threesome). Rookie colleague Franz Wagner came to 15 points (6/9 FG), 3 boards, 3 assists and 2 blocks, Moritz Wagner came only 5 minutes (0 points and 3 assists). Wendell Carter Jr. made a positive with 19 meters from the bank.
The Lakers developed early in the game thanks to good degrees in the zone and in transition a slight advantage (+7), but in the course of the first quarter, the litter rate went to the basement in the basement and the ball losses piled. Before the eyes of Shaquille O'Neal, the Courtside sat, Orlando turned the game.
Los Angeles Lakers: Strong second half brings the victory
Lebron had to invest a lot of work to keep the Lakers at all in the game (18 points in the first half), on the opposite side Suggs or the Magic Bank made the guests problems. However, after a hard foul of Talen Horton-Tucker (Flagrant I), the rookie had to take a heavy fall, but could continue playing.
Shortly thereafter, the Magic rattled a 11-0 run, also thanks to good plays from Wagner, Orlando sat down to 10 meters. At the end of another disappointing half-time of the Lakers stood for the champion of 2020 11 turnover at 6 assists as well as a 54: 62 residue against one of the weakest offensives of the league to beech. The Magic only went for the tenth time this season with a lead in the half-time break.
Lakers coach Frank bird, which is probably under exact observation, responded and sent to the start of the third section a small ball-line top with Johnson instead of Dwight Howard, which was allowed to start at the start of the game, and Lebron as a center on the court. That Freeded immediately: The Defense made a significantly better impression including increased switching, in the first six minutes of the third pass, Orlando brought just 2 pünkchen on the scoreboard.
So L.a. With a 9: 0 run from the cabin, a threesome of the good Johnson built this run a few minutes later on 19: 2 and Melo also increased from Downtown to a two-digit leadership of the Lakers - for the first time this evening.
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At the beginning of the final section, the Magic tries to contribute with a zone defense again. However, Lebron replied with a Reverse Alley Oop and Anthony from the distance. The scoring of the veteran kept at a distance of Orlando at this stage, later James increased by threesome to +17 and finally made the lid three minutes before the end with the next Alley-Oop. In the AmWay Center it rained "MVP" calls for LeBron.