NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, January 24th
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Lakers (16-27) at Orlando Magic (11-32), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Lakers have dropped two in a row on this
Grammy road trip, but the end is in sight and they'll meet the Orlando Magic
Friday night at Amway Center.
LA dropped the first of this seven-game odyssey, then took two in a row, but
since the back-to-back wins, the Lakers are 0-2. On Monday, they fell to the
Chicago Bulls on a last-second, overtime layup, but things weren't that close
The two-time defending champion Miami Heat walked out with a 109-102 victory
over the Lakers, sweeping the season series in back-to-back seasons for the
first time in franchise history.
Although the Heat never trailed, the outcome was still up in the air until the
final minute when Chris Bosh's 18-footer secured Miami's victory.
"We hit a couple big shots down the stretch, they just hit a couple bigger
shots and they beat us," Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni said.
Pau Gasol and Jodie Meeks both netted 22 points for the Lakers, while Nick
Young contributed 19 points on 20 shots in the loss.
The Lakers forced 18 turnovers but allowed Miami to shoot 57.7 percent from
LA will visit Madison Square Garden on Sunday to take on the Knicks, then it's
back to the Staples Center, where the Grammy Awards will be handed out Sunday
The Magic snapped a 10-game losing streak with a win on Sunday, but have
dropped two in a row since. Orlando fell at Brooklyn on Tuesday, then lost by
three to the Atlanta Hawks at home on Wednesday.
The Hawks did it at the free-throw line late in the victory. Jeff Teague and
Pero Antic converted six big foul shots with under a minute to go and Jameer
Nelson's 3-pointer to tie it came up short.
Victor Oladipo paced Orlando with 24 points and added seven rebounds and seven
assists. Tobias Harris finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds while Nelson
contributed 17 points and seven assists in Orlando's 12th loss in its last 13
"It's tough, we had it won really," said Oladipo. "Overall I think we did a
good job of just staying into the game."
The Magic hit the road for three straight.
The two teams split last season's meetings with each team winning in the
other's building. The Magic have won four of the last six meetings with L.A.
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