Grades: Orlando Magic 114, Los Angeles Lakers 105 | Magic Basketball

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Jan 25

Grades: Orlando Magic 114, Los Angeles Lakers 105

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Orlando Magic 114 Final
Recap | Box Score
105 Los Angeles Lakers

Arron Afflalo
7-12 FG | 7-9 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 23 PTS | +4

After an uncharacteristic six-point performance against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, Afflalo responded with a bounce-back game offensively versus the Lakers. As has been the trend for him all season long, Afflalo was economical with his touches (23 points on 12 shots). His efficiency was fueled primarily by his ability to get to the foul line and make his free throws.

Tobias Harris
9-15 FG | 9-11 FT | 20 REB | 4 AST | 28 PTS | +3

The silver lining with Vucevic (concussion) being out indefinitely is that it’s allowed Harris to slide to the power forward spot, which is his best position. Harris made his point loud and clear against the Lakers, as he picked up his first career 20-20 game — systematically destroying Ryan Kelly in the process — and was a bucket away from a 30-20 game.

Jameer Nelson
7-11 FG | 4-6 3P | 4 REB | 6 AST | 22 PTS | +1

With Harris’ 20-20 game and Oladipo’s fast break theatrics, it’s easy to overlook the fact that Nelson had another excellent outing (which has been the norm for him in the month of January). And Nelson did practically all of his damage after halftime, scoring 20 of his 22 points in the second half. It’s easy to get hot on offense when you’re being left open.

Victor Oladipo
5-14 FG | 4-6 FT | 12 REB | 5 AST | 15 PTS | +10

Oladipo had the play of the game, which occurred late in the third quarter. After Nick Young botched a layup in transition, Oladipo rebounded the miss and led a 3-on-2 fast break. Oladipo passed the ball to Afflalo, who passed it back to Oladipo, who then made a through-the-legs bounce pass to a trailing Harris for the layup and the foul.

Los Angeles Lakers

It’s crazy to think about how far both franchises have fallen since the 2009 NBA Finals. A game between the Magic and Lakers used to be a marquee matchup. On Friday, it was a battle between two lottery teams that were missing key players (namely Kobe). The lone bright side was that it was an entertaining game that featured very little defense.