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FSM Essential Recap: Lakers vs Magic – Game 4 – 2023

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Los Angeles Lakers (2-2) | Orlando Magic (2-1)

 

The Lakers’ game against the Magic came down to the wire again this season, and for the second time this year, they came away with victory, winning 106-103 behind Anthony Davis and D’Angel Russell.

The Lakers vs Magic played at Crypto.com Arena on Monday.

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Following a disappointing road loss in overtime to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night, the Los Angeles Lakers quickly regrouped and returned to the court on Monday evening to face the Orlando Magic in the second game of a back-to-back.

With LeBron James and Anthony Davis having played 39 and 42 minutes on Sunday, there were concerns about their availability for this matchup. However, both players remained in good health, which was reassuring news for the Lakers given the early stage of the season. As a result, they were expected to be in the starting lineup against the Orlando Magic.

This development was crucial for the Lakers, as the rest of the team had been struggling offensively. The trio of Austin Reaves, D’Angelo Russell, and Gabe Vincent, primarily operating in the backcourt, had been having a challenging time, shooting a combined 33.7% from the field and a mere 17.5% from beyond the arc over the course of three games.

For the Lakers to establish themselves as a competitive team, these three players needed to find their rhythm. The game against the Magic presented a prime opportunity to do just that, as they were going up against a youthful and up-and-coming Magic team that had entered the contest with a 2-0 record.

The Lakers outworked by the Magic 

L.A. was without Rui Hachimura and Jarred Vanderbilt in this game, but they still had LeBron James, Anthony Davis, D’Angelo Russell, and the new Bench Mob.

The start of the Lakers vs Magic first half. 

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The Magic started the game on fire, hitting three-pointers on their first two possessions, briefly taking a 6-4 lead. Both Austin Reaves and Anthony Davis managed to convert layups for the Lakers during this early exchange.

D’Angelo Russell electrified the crowd with a poster-worthy dunk over Paolo Banchero, but aside from that highlight, the Lakers encountered offensive struggles, which had been a recurring theme in their young season.

However, towards the end of the first quarter, the Lakers began to find their groove. Anthony Davis contributed with a couple of crucial buckets, and Christian Wood sank a three-pointer after a steal by Russell. Gabe Vincent also drained his first three-pointer of the season, allowing the Lakers to finish the first quarter with a 29-24 lead.

The Lakers carried their newfound rhythm into the second quarter, opening with a 6-0 run that propelled them to their first double-digit lead. Gary Harris, on the other hand, caught fire for the Orlando Magic, sinking four three-pointers to bring his team right back into the contest.

The end of the Lakers vs Magic first half. 

Despite Davis scoring easily inside, the Lakers found themselves trailing 58-54 at halftime after Jalen Suggs hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer.

The start of the Lakers vs Magic second half. 

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The Magic continued their strong performance in the third quarter, with Franz Wagner helping his team build an eight-point lead. Austin Reaves finally found his three-point stroke for the Lakers, which was a much-needed boost given his earlier struggles.

The Lakers rallied, closing the third quarter with a 9-0 run and regaining the lead at 81-80.

The fourth quarter saw both teams exchanging blows. Cole Anthony hit a deep three to open the quarter for the Magic, but LeBron James quickly responded with an easy layup. Gary Harris continued to be a thorn in the Lakers‘ side, nailing an open three to put Orlando up by five.

D’Angelo Russell came up big with a crucial three-pointer in the middle of the fourth quarter, followed by successful free throws that narrowed the deficit to 98-96. In the final 90 seconds, LeBron James and Russell connected on vital three-pointers to put the Lakers back in the lead.

After a missed layup by James, the Magic had one last opportunity with 20 seconds left, trailing 104-103. Jalen Suggs attempted a crucial shot at the basket, but Anthony Davis contested it, forcing a miss. Russell then sealed the victory by making a pair of free throws, with the Magic missing two late three-point attempts, giving the Lakers a hard-fought 106-103 win.

The final score of the Lakers vs Magic was 106-103, Kings.

The Lakers will now host the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, November 1st, at 7:00 pm PST.

 

– Joe Arrigo – Franchise Sports Media

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