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The Lakers beat the Magic for their first win since Anthony Davis returned with a little help from Dennis Schröder and Montrezl Harrell.
After leading by as much as 16 points in the first quarter, the Lakers let the Magic outscore them 40-22 in the second quarter. From then on, it was a real fight to the finish. Fortunately, the Lakers were able to separate themselves again, this time in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, and they won 114-103.
Dennis Schröder was at the center of everything the Lakers did in the fourth quarter, making shots from seemingly everywhere on the floor and creating plays for his teammates. He ended the game with a team-high 21 points on 10-18 shooting from the field and 10 assists. He now has five double-doubles on the season.
Monday was also a bounce-back game for The Brow and the Penguin, as they tallied a combined 31 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks for the starters. Add Montrezl Harrell’s 18 points off of the bench, and you have three solid performances from players that can all spend time at the center position in the postseason. When you consider that Marc Gasol watched the entirety of the game from the bench, that’s wild.
Granted, it was against a team that had no business being in the game, but every win counts for the Lakers right now both in the standings and from a team morale standpoint.
With a win on Monday, the Lakers increased the gap between them and the Dallas Mavericks back to two games, however, the Mavericks played the Sacramento Kings later tonight. The Lakers will be hoping for a Mavericks loss on Monday and a win for themselves against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.
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Trailing 80-79 following a sluggish third quarter, the Lakers’ offense came alive late to end their losing streak at three games. LA outscored Orlando 35-23 in the fourth period, improving to 19-12 on the road and 9-20 when trailing after three quarters.
Schroder also had 10 assists as he takes on a bigger role for LA in the absence of injured LeBron James.
“He’s really growing with his floor-general mentality and running the team,” coach Frank Vogel said of Schroder, who made 6 of 7 shots in the fourth quarter and scored or assisted on 16 of LA’s final 18 points. “That’s why we feel like (Schroder’s emergence) is going to be a silver lining. It was accelerated. Having ’Bron out, there’s a lot of silver linings and this is one of them, seeing him grow.”
Montrezl Harrell scored 18 points off the bench for the Lakers, who shot 54% from the floor and hit 11 3-pointers. Andre Drummond chipped in 13 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles.
Davis, who was playing his third game after missing 30 games due to a right calf strain, made eight of 15 shots in 31 minutes. Vogel said before the game that Davis was no longer under a minutes restriction. Davis, meanwhile, was frustrated by his sloppy play.
“I probably won’t ever have five turnovers in a game again, but the team kind of covered up those mistakes for me with big plays,” Davis said.
Chuma Okeke scored 18 points and converted a thunderous dunk over Drummond in the first quarter. Gary Harris scored 17 for the Magic, who have lost six straight and 25 of 30. With Detroit’s victory over Atlanta, Orlando has the East’s worst record.
Assistant Tyrone Corbin was acting head coach for the Magic for a second straight game. Coach Steve Clifford tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, although he has said he is symptom-free.
Orlando was coming off a blowout loss to the Pacers on Sunday.
“I loved our fight,’’ Corbin said. “After the game (Sunday), to come back and play against a team as talented as they are ... we showed a lot of determination and fight after the rough one we had.”
The Lakers have happy recent memories of the Orlando area, having won last season's championship in the league's pandemic bubble.
“You are driving around those back Disney streets headed to the hotel that we stayed at and it was a sense of reflection on what we were able to accomplish here,” coach Frank Vogel said.
Lakers: James, who hasn’t played since March 20 because of a sprained right ankle, posted a video on Instagram of him doing light jogging in Dallas last week. At the end of his many trips up and down the floor, James converted a layup. Vogel said James remains “out indefinitely.” ... Drummond was whistled for a jump ball violation and a turnover on the opening tip. While voicing his displeasure with referee Marc Davis, Drummond surrendered a dunk to Carter.
Magic: Rookie guard Devin Cannady underwent surgery early Monday to repair an ankle he badly injured in the first quarter on Sunday. Cannady, who was recently signed to a second 10-day contract, suffered a dislocated ankle and an open wound, but Monday’s surgery revealed no bone fractures or cartilage tears in the ankle. “He’s expected to make a full recovery and it’s exciting news for him,” Corbin said. … In an announcement played on the Amway Center video board, injured guard Markelle Fultz said he was recently vaccinated against COVID-19 and urged others to get the shots.
Lakers: At Washington on Wednesday night.
Magic: At Cleveland on Wednesday night.
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Between Instagram videos of his workouts, rumors from reporters and words from his own teammates, it really does appear LeBron James is almost back.
“I heard Bron is close,” Schröder said.
It was just the latest sign that the purple and gold’s most important reinforcement is on the way, coming right on the heels of Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reporting on Saturday that James could return as soon as this week after missing more than five weeks with a high ankle sprain.
The last official thing we had heard from the team prior to Woj’s report and Dr. Dennis’ diagnosis was that James had been cleared for light on-court work, and he could be seen on the Spectrum SportsNet broadcast of Lakers vs. Mavericks on Saturday pantomiming various pivots and jumpshots on the bench during a timeout, clearly itching to get back into the action as the Lakers look to avoid a play-in spot.
And on Monday, as the Lakers waited for their matchup with the Orlando Magic, James tweeted about going to a local high school to get some of that work in, and posted a video on Instagram of himself running in the Mavericks’ arena:
A few weeks ago, James predicted that a storm is coming. Now, with just a dozen of games left for the Lakers in the regular season, it would appear it is almost here. With just two games left on their current road trip and a three-game homestand to follow, all signs are pointing towards James making his return in front of Lakers fans soon.
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The Los Angeles Lakers brought in Dennis Schroder and Montrezl Harrell to give the team more offensive firepower outside of its two superstars. With the team in dire need of a push to avoid an embarrassing loss in Orlando against the Magic, they were the two to step up.
Schroder scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to go along with 10 assists, and Harrell responded to his first DNP of the season with 18 points off the bench as the Lakers defeated the Magic, 114-103. The win ended the Lakers’ three-game losing streak and kept them firmly ahead of the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference playoff race.
It initially looked as if it would be an easy night for the Lakers as they raced out to a 16-point first-quarter lead and remained ahead by 12 heading into the second. But the second quarter was one of the Lakers’ worst of the season as they were outscored 40-22 and found themselves trailing at the half.
The Lakers imposed their size for much of the second half however with Harrell leading the way until Schroder took over down the stretch. Harrell finished with 18 points, five rebounds and three steals, giving the team a much-needed energy boost after a disappointing first half.
Anthony Davis also continued to look more and more like himself as his minutes restriction was lifted. Davis had 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting to go along with eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
He also hit his first 3-pointer since making his return to the lineup, though he did struggle to take care of the ball with five turnovers. Not to be outdone, Andre Drummond also added 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Lakers dominated inside.
The Lakers outrebounded Orlando 44-28 while outscoring them in the paint by 16. The Lakers were also able to get out in transition with 20 fastbreak points and got 38 points from their bench overall.
Kyle Kuzma proved to be the team’s only consistent outside shooter, knocking down 4-of-6 from deep on his way to 14 points and seven rebounds. Meanwhile, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope returned to the lineup after a one-game absence to finish with 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Unfortunately for the Lakers, they weren’t able to escape the game unscathed. Backup guard Alex Caruso left the game in the second half with back spasms after attempting to take a charge.
The Lakers finish up their road trip by heading to Washington on Wednesday to take on the red-hot Wizards led by current Eastern Conference Player of the Week Bradley Beal. They will then return home for three straight games starting with the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.