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FSM Essential Recap: Lakers vs Magic – Game 6 – 2023

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Los Angeles Lakers (3-3) | Orlando Magic (3-2)

 

The Lakers came out flat and dropped the first game of their road trip to the Magic, 120-101.

The Lakers vs Magic played in Orlando on Saturday.

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The Los Angeles Lakers kicked off a four-game road trip on Saturday night, taking on the Orlando Magic in a rematch of last week’s contest at Crypto.com Arena.

In that previous game, the Lakers ultimately came out on top with a 106-103 victory, although the young Magic had put up a good fight and couldn’t be taken lightly in this one.

In that game, D’Angelo Russell had led the way for the Lakers with an efficient 28 points to go along with eight assists, while Anthony Davis had put on a dominant two-way performance, finishing with 26 points, 19 rebounds, five assists, one steal, and three blocks.

Meanwhile, the Magic had seen six players reach double figures, and Gary Harris had led them with 17 points, going a perfect 5-of-5 from beyond the arc.

However, this game looked a bit different than the last one, as both teams had key players dealing with injuries.

The Lakers had been severely shorthanded for the second straight game, with Taurean Prince, Rui Hachimura, Jarred Vanderbilt, Gabe Vincent, and Jalen Hood-Schifino continuing to be out. The Lakers had been hopeful that Prince would be able to return after being listed as questionable, but he had missed his second straight game with left patellar tendinitis.

That had left the Lakers with only eight healthy playable bodies, so players like Cam Reddish, Max Christie, Christian Wood, and Jaxson Hayes had continued to get extended opportunities.

Meanwhile, the Magic had also been missing some key pieces, with Wendell Carter Jr. and Harris being ruled out, while Markelle Fultz had been questionable and a game-time decision.

The Lakers vs Magic was a blowout loss for Los Angeles. 

The shorthanded Lakers couldn’t get going to start the game, and they paid the price for it as the Magic dominated them from start to finish.

The start of the Lakers vs Magic first half. 

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Los Angeles had a solid start against the shorthanded Orlando team, with LeBron James scoring five quick points to give them an early 7-4 lead. The Magic responded with a 9-0 run keyed by Franz Wagner, but Anthony Davis took it upon himself to stop their momentum and tied the game up at 20.

However, Orlando caught fire from the field and ran up a 13-0 spurt to make it 33-20. Christian Wood was able to snap the run with a 3-pointer, but Los Angeles ended the first quarter trailing 39-25.

With James back on the floor, the Lakers opened the second with a 10-2 run to cut into the Magic lead. Orlando pushed back and took back some control of the game as Los Angeles struggled to take care of the basketball.

As soon as James exited the game, the Magic went on another run to go back up by 16 points. L.A. failed time after time to corral defensive rebounds, resulting in numerous second-chance points for Orlando that left them trailing 67-51 at halftime.

The end of the Lakers vs Magic first half. 

The Magic had 26 second-chance points in the first half alone, compared to just seven for the Lakers.

The start of the Lakers vs Magic second half. 

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Paolo Banchero and Wagner continued to torment Los Angeles‘ defense, though the Lakers tried to get back into the game by scoring in the paint. Although L.A. trailed by double digits, Davis managed to will them back into it despite being in foul trouble.

No matter how many times the Lakers threatened to get over the hump, the Magic had an answer and maintained control of the game. Things were just not going L.A.’s way as they blew several easy looks at the basket and went into the final period down 101-80.

Lakers head coach Darvin Ham opted to roll with his regulars to begin the fourth in an effort to mount a comeback, but they had no answers for Orlando defensively. James was able to get the Laker offense out of the mud with some tough baskets, trying to get the team to make one more run as they trimmed the deficit down to 15.

Los Angeles managed to stay within striking distance as they battled on both ends to make Orlando feel some pressure. However, Cole Anthony ended their run with a 3-pointer that forced Ham to turn to the end of his bench and concede defeat.

The final score of the Lakers vs Magic was 120-101, Magic.

The Lakers will travel to Orlando to take on the Magic on Saturday, November 4th, at 4:00 pm PST.

 

– Joe Arrigo – Franchise Sports Media

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