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Orlando failed to surprise LeBron and the Lakers 

Orlando failed to surprise LeBron and the Lakers


The Los Angeles Lakers did not allow themselves to suffer a second consecutive defeat in preparation for the restart of the season in the NBA. The Lakers dealt in a difficult way with the angry team of Orlando Magic, beating them with the final 119:112 (35:19, 25:28, 29:40, 30:25). This time, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel decided to increase the minutes of his starters compared to the first game, but the bad news for him came in the second quarter, when Anthony Davis was hit in the eye and never returned to the floor.

As in their first test, today the Lakers bet on a starting five from LeBron, Caldwell-Pope, Green, Davis and McGee. The Lakers showed great basketball in the first quarter of the match and naturally reached the double-digit point asset at 23:13 after only 8 minutes of play. Kyle Kuzma joined from the bench with 9 quick points, but at the same time star Anthony Davis received a blow to the head and left the floor, but that did not stop James and company to increase their lead to 16 points at 35:19 after a period of play.

The Orlando team largely failed to cope with the strong defense of the Lakers and their easy points were minimized. Kuzma continued his good performance and by the middle of the second quarter he already had 16 points. The Lakers kept their double-digit lead after the second quarter at 60:47.

Before the start of the second half it became clear that Anthony Davis will not return to the floor. Orlando`s team tightened after the break and after a triple by DJ Augustine reduced their deficit to 5 points at 58:63. The Wizards took great advantage of Davis` absence and came close to 3 points from the Lakers at 73:76, scoring 26points in the first 7 minutes of play in the third period. Orlando deservedly equalized the score at 87:87, but a basket by LeBron James gave the Lakers a two-point asset - 87:89.

JR Smith and Dion Waters started in the fourth period and led the Lakes to a 7-point lead at 99:92. The difference remained in the next few minutes, and Orlando missed opportunities to reduce their gap. However, this happened at 1:12 on the board, when BJ Johnson from Orlando realized a basket and a foul to make the score 109:112, but the intrigue evaporated after a triple by Dion Waters, and the final result came at 112:119

Kyle Kuzma was the best for the Lakers with 25 points and 7 rebounds. LeBron James added 20 points and 7 assists in 25 minutes, Centavius Caldwell-Pope scored 17 points and Dion Waters added 12 points. For Orlando, DJ Augustine finished with 21 points and 5 assists, Michael Carter-Williams was again 15 points and 8 rebounds, Aaron Gordon added 14 points, Terence Ross added 12 and Nikola Vucevic finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds. .

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