Vucevic scores 31 as Magic cool off Lakers

Agence France-Presse
Vucevic scores 31 as Magic cool off Lakers
Orlando beats Los Angeles for the second time in 8 days

LOS ANGELES, USA – Nikola Vucevic finished with 31 points and 15 rebounds as the Orlando Magic snapped the Los Angeles Lakers’ three-game winning streak with a 108-104 victory on Sunday, November 25 (Monday, November 26, Philippine time). 

Terrence Ross had 16 points including a clutch layup with 34 seconds left as the Magic beat the Lakers for the second time in eight days. On November 17, Orlando defeated Los Angeles, 130-117. 

Aaron Gordon had 17 points and D.J. Augustin added 12 points and 9 assists for the Magic.

“We’re trying to build something, and wins like these can really help you build some momentum,” Vucevic said.

LeBron James had 24 points and 7 assists for the Lakers, who have won 6 of their last 7 NBA games. Kyle Kuzma scored 21 points and Brandon Ingram added 17.

The Magic used a rock-solid defense and some timely scoring by Gordon and Vucevic to outscore the Lakers 35-19 in the 3rd quarter and seize a 86-71 lead.

James and Kuzma were a combined 0-for-5 in the quarter in which the team shot just 5-of-21.

James said they need to become more consistent.

“Defensively, we kind of broke down and the energy level was a little lower than our expectations, and they took advantage of that,” James said.

In the 4th, James missed a three-pointer and Ross made him pay by driving to the rim for a basket which broke a 104-104 tie.

The Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed another shot from beyond the arc on the following Lakers possession, and Gordon got a dunk to help seal the victory for the Magic. –

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