In an outcome that likely ended any hope the Lakers had for the third lottery position of the 2014
Playing on the second night of back-to-back games, the Magic got a double-double from rookie
Kent Bazemore, playing point guard behind starter
The Lakers shot 46.3% from the field and 37.5% from three-point range. Orlando shot 45.1% and 31.6%, respectively.
Oladipo started at point guard for injured
The Lakers (23-46) host the
With the victory, the Lakers are now even in the win column with the
Without Gasol on the floor for the Lakers, the Magic were able to trim their deficit to two points.
The Lakers were led by
The Magic shot 44.6% from the field but held a 37-23 rebounding advantage over the Lakers.
The Magic made an early charge in the second quarter, overcoming the Lakers' advantage to take a one-point lead.
The Lakers quickly responded, pushing ahead by as many as 15 points before the Magic trimmed the gap to seven by halftime.
The Lakers had eight turnovers.
The Lakers jumped on the Magic early, pulling ahead by as many as 10 points.
Orlando closed the gap to five by the end of the first quarter, led by
The Magic shot 53.3% from the field but turned the ball over seven times.
The Lakers (22-46) host the Orlando Magic (19-51) on Sunday in a battle featuring two of the bottom four teams in the
After a loss in Utah on Saturday night, the Magic may give the Lakers a real chance to break their four-game losing streak. Orlando might play without point guard Jameer Nelson (knee).
Steve Nash (nerve root irritation) is doubtful. The Lakers are also without
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