Balanced attack leads Magic to blowout of Lakers

Magic Vs Lakers Preview Starting Lineups TV Time Injuries 01/31/2018

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"He got a start with [trainers], but nothing to the extent of what it would take to play basketball, move laterally, change direction full-speed drills, he has not done yet", Walton said. They shot 18 for 32 (56 percent) from behind the arc in the game.

The natural players that have stuck out have been Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle.

When Elfrid Payton's three-point play gave the Magic a 66-53 lead 93 seconds into the third, Lakers coach Luke Walton yanked all five of his starters out of the game. I think they would love to do the same thing in all their conversations they're having. "The message was, look, if you're not ready to play or you don't want to play, you're not going to play. It was a teaching moment".

The Lakers, on the other hand, fell to a 19-31 record and were an ice-cold 4-of-20 from behind the arc in one of their more forgettable losses on the season.

Mario Hezonja hit a 3-pointer, Fournier quickly followed with two more and Jonathon Simmons added two more 3s to help the Magic finish the period on a 22-13 run for a 20-point lead.

While the Lakers have won eight of their last 11 overall, all three defeats have come on the road mainly because they are struggling to defend. While the Lakers didn't provide much resistance, the Magic found some blistering shooting, with a franchise-record nine 3-pointers in one frame.

Speights scored Orlando's final 10 points of the half, including a couple of 3-pointers, to leave the Magic with a 58-51 halftime lead. But this may be a two or three step process for them to shed the kind of salary they need to shed while also getting assets.

Starting for leading scorer Aaron Gordon (hip), Speights delivered his most productive showing with the Magic.

On the season, the Lakers are averaging 106.7 points, 46.3 rebounds and 23.6 assists per game.

On the season, the Magic are averaging 105.2 points, 41.7 rebounds and 23.3 points per game. Brandon Ingram added 13 while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope contributed 12 as the Lakers lost for the fourth time in their past 12 games. He's averaged 15.3 points and 6.6 rebounds in 25 matchups with Orlando, including 18.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest over the last six contests.



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