Magic use big 3rd quarter to run away from Lakers, 127-105
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 01, 2018 10:57 AM
Orlando Magic's Elfrid Payton, left, scoops up a loose ball in front of Los Angeles Lakers' Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
By Dick Scanlon, Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Marreese Speights scored 21 points in his second start of the season, Evan Fournier added 19 and the Orlando Magic ran away from the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) for a 127-105 victory.
Winning for only the fourth time in 24 games, the Magic made a franchise-record nine three's in a 43-point third period, their highest-scoring quarter of the season. They shot 18-for-32 (56 percent) from behind the arc in the game.
With 15 points and six assists, Elfrid Payton was one of seven players to score in double figures for the Magic (15-35).
Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson scored 20 each for the Lakers, who never led after the first quarter.
When Payton's three-point play gave the Magic a 66-53 lead 93 seconds into the third, Lakers coach Luke Walton yanked all five of his starters out of the game. But the Lakers (19-31) never again got the margin under 11.
Mario Hezonja hit a three-pointer, Fournier quickly followed with two more and Jonathon Simmons added two more triples to help the Magic finish the period on a 22-13 run for a 20-point lead.
They led by 29 early in the fourth.
The Lakers, who had won eight of 11, were down by 12 when three straight baskets by Clarkson got them back in the game midway through the second.
Speights scored Orlando's final 10 points of the half, including a couple of three-pointers, to leave the Magic with a 58-51 halftime lead.
Lakers: It was Clarkson's sixth straight game of 15 or more points. ... Rookie G Lonzo Ball missed his eighth straight game with a sore left knee. ... The Lakers, the worst three-point shooting team in the NBA, went 4-of-20 from long range.
Magic: F Aaron Gordon missed a second straight game (his 11th of the season) with a strained left hip flexor. ... The Magic shot 54 percent.
Lakers: Play at Brooklyn on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time), the fourth stop on a five-game road trip.
Magic: Home on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) against Washington.