Lakers Gameday

23 - 46
Orlando Magic

19 - 52

Tip-Off: 6:30PM PST

Sunday, March 23, 2014

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

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Orlando Magic

19 - 52

Lakers Snap 4-Game Skid with 103-94 Over Magic

By Joe Resnick on March 23, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jordan Hill had a career-high 28 points along with 13 rebounds in his first start in over nine weeks and the Los Angeles Lakers beat Orlando 103-94 on Sunday night, sending the Magic to their ninth straight loss.

Nick Young scored 26 points off the bench, helping the Lakers end a four-game skid. Pau Gasol had six points in 18 minutes, and sat out the second half after feeling nauseous and dizzy.

Steve Nash, who had 11 assists in 19 minutes off the bench Friday night against Washington after missing the previous 15 games because of chronic nerve damage in his back, did not play. The 40-year-old two-time MVP has been limited to just 11 games all season because of his condition.

Xavier Henry, who was back in the lineup for just nine games after missing 28 because of a bone bruise on his right knee, was sidelined again after tearing a ligament in his left wrist in the loss to the Wizards. He will be re-examined Monday.

The Lakers (23-46) have to go no worse than 8-5 the rest of the way to avoid tying the 1974-75 squad for the worst record since the franchise relocated from Minneapolis to Los Angeles in 1960-61. But eight games on their remaining schedule are against teams that currently are over .500.

Orlando point guard Victor Oladipo, the second overall pick in the draft, had 21 points and 10 assists in his eighth career start while Jameer Nelson missed his third straight game with a sore left knee. Aaron Afflalo scored 18 points for the Magic, one night after they lost 89-88 at Utah on a 3-pointer by Trey Burke with 1.6 seconds remaining.

Kyle O'Quinn had 14 points and seven rebounds, and is averaging 8.9 points and 7.0 boards during the last eight games and has blocked 15 shots since replacing Tobias Harris at the starting power forward spot.

Harris had 28 points and a career-high 20 rebounds for the Magic in a 114-105 victory against the Lakers on Jan. 24 at Orlando, but the Magic are 7-20 since. They have lost 23 of their last 24 road games - the only exception a 101-90 win against Philadelphia on Feb. 26.
The Lakers led throughout the second half, but never led by double digits. Orlando got as close as 83-80 on a 15-footer by Afflalo, but the Lakers converted 13 of 14 free throws over the final 5:18 to put it away. Young's 3-pointer was their only field goal during the final 8 minutes.

Hill, making his first start since Jan. 17, paced Los Angeles to a 55-48 halftime lead with 14 points and six rebounds. The Lakers converted seven Orlando turnovers into nine points during the first 5:03 and took a 25-17 lead on a four-point play by Young, his franchise-record fifth of the season and eighth by the team - also a franchise best.

The Magic played nine full minutes without a turnover following their seventh miscue. Harris gave them their only lead, 30-29, with 10:26 left in the second quarter on a putback layup following a missed 3-point shot by E'Twaun Moore. But the Lakers responded with a 17-2 run, capped by a jumper from Kendall Marshall that gave them a 46-32 margin with 6:09 left in the half.

NOTES: Orlando faced Los Angeles in the NBA finals just five years ago, losing in five games. But the Magic are 39-113 since the start of last season after firing Stan Van Gundy and trading three-time Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard to the Lakers - and are one of only four teams that have a worse record than the Lakers this season. ... A loss Tuesday night at home against Portland would give Orlando two double-digit losing streaks in the same season for the third time in the franchise's 25-year history. It also happened last season and in 2003-04. The Magic have seven of those streaks altogether. ... The Lakers failed to sell out for the sixth time. ... The Magic fell to 0-30 on the road when trailing after three quarters. ... This was the Magic's final road game against Western Conference opponents. They were 0-15. ... Oladipo is one of only two rookies in Magic history, along with Penny Hardaway in 1993-94, to record at least 900 points, 200 assists and 100 steals. ... The Magic, who came in 0-33 when they get outrebounded, won the battle of the boards 46-34. ... The Lakers have won only one game this season by a margin of more than 15 points. That was on Nov. 12, when they beat New Orleans 116-95 at Staples Center.

Game Notes

2013-14 Season Series: The Lakers trail the Magic 0-1 after a road loss in January.

All-Time Series Notes: In 2008-09, the Lakers lost their first season series to the Magic
(0-2) since Orlando entered the NBA prior to the 1989-90 season but went on to defeat
them in the 2009 NBA Finals (4-1)... The Magic and Lakers have met 49 times in the
regular season with Los Angeles holding a 33-16 advantage in the all-time series... The
Lakers are 3-7 in their last 10 overall meetings with Orlando... At STAPLES Center, the
Lakers are 10-3 all-time against the Magic in regular season contests... In Orlando, the
Lakers are 1-3 in the new Amway Center and 4-6 against the Magic in their last 10 regular
season meetings... In 29 games against Orlando including 25 starts, Kobe Bryant is
averaging 25.0 points... In recent series history, during the Magic and Lakers first meeting
of the 2008-09 season on December 20 in Orlando, Bryant scored 41 points to equal his
own Lakers-Magic series record established during the 2004-05 season when he scored
41 points on November 12, 2004... Former Laker Shaquille O’Neal holds the Magic high
mark against the Lakers with 46 points back in March of 1995... In their first meeting of
2010-11, the Lakers were held to a series low 75 points in an 89-75 loss 2/13/11 at
Orlando... Bryant snapped a four-year drought in recording his first triple-double since
2005 with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists against the Magic on 1/16/09... The
Lakers defeated the Magic in five games during the 2009 NBA Finals, marking the first
time the two teams have met in the playoffs.

Connections: Lakers G Kobe Bryant, F Pau Gasol and G Jordan Farmar played against Magic G Jameer Nelson in the 2009 NBA Finals … Magic G Arron Afflalo attended
high school locally and played collegiately at UCLA … Magic F/C Glen Davis played against Bryant, Gasol and Farmar in the 2008 and 2010 NBA Finals as a member of Boston …
Lakers assistant Johnny Davis served as head coach for the Magic from 2003-05 … Lakers G Steve Nash and Magic G Ronnie Price were teammates on the Phoenix Suns for
the 2011-12 season … Magic G Nikola Vucevic (2008-11) and Lakers G Nick Young (2004-07) both attended USC and played for former coach Tim Floyd … Vucevic also played
alongside Lakers G Jodie Meeks during the 2011-2012 season in Philadelphia .... Magic G Doron Lamb and Meeks both attended University of Kentucky.

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