Another disastrous third quarter led to the latest demise of the
The Lakers held leads after the first (28-22) and second quarters (55-53) but fell apart in the third, giving up 38 points to trail by 11 points, 91-80, entering the fourth quarter and never recovered.
Offensively the Lakers were solid, shooting 45.6% from the field and 54.5% from three-point range. They had only 11 turnovers, including none in the first quarter.
As has often been the case this season, the Lakers didn't get the job done defensively.
The Magic shot 48.1% from the field and 52.9% from long range, while doubling up the Lakers on free-throw attempts, 34 to 17. Orlando's 27 made free throws were 10 more than attempted by the Lakers, who made 11.
Five Lakers scored in double figures:
(15), Gasol and Marshall.
The Magic also got 15 points and 12 rebounds from rookie guard
The Lakers finish up their seven-game road trip on Sunday in New York against the
Orlando also plays on Sunday, visiting the
As they've been prone to do over recent weeks, the Lakers fell apart in the third quarter.
With 9:24 left in the quarter,
The Lakers were led byMeeks with 17. Point guard
Orlando took 26 free throws, making 20, while the Lakers attempted just 11, making eight.
The Lakers did shoot well from three-point range, hitting 10 of 17 (58.8%). The Magic weren't too far behind at 53.8% (7 of 13).
The Lakers pushed their lead to eight points in the second quarter but the Magic charged back, scoring 13 unanswered points to take a five-point lead.
A late three-point shot from forward
Forward Tobia Harris had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Magic, who shot 50% from the field.
The Lakers didn't turn the ball over once in the first quarter at Orlando while notching 10 assists on 13 baskets as they shot 56.5% from the field.
The Magic shot an impressive 60% from the field but its five turnovers helped give the Lakers a four-point advantage after 12 minutes.
The Lakers (16-27) visit the Orlando Magic (11-32) on Friday.
Orlando is one of the rare teams that is struggling more than the Lakers have in January.
The Lakers are still without
The Magic are currently without
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