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article imageNBA: Lakers fall to Magic, giving them first loss on road trip

By Kristofor Molson     Feb 13, 2011 in Sports
Orlando - The Lakers have been rolling on this “Grammy road trip” going 4-0 so far, but the Lakers hit a snag when they came to Orlando. The Magic have been struggling of late going 3-3 in this month so far.
After beating the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks in back to back games the Los Angeles Lakers (38-17) tried their luck against the Orlando Magic (35-21). The Lakers were looking to go 5-0 on this road trip, but came up against a hungry Magic team looking to make their mark on the race in the East.
The Lakers struck first on a Gasol jumper, but the Magic tied it up at nine with an Anderson 3-pointer. The Lakers had a lead at 15-14 after Bynum hit a shot, but Howard was fouled and capped off 3-point play giving the Magic the lead who kept it the rest of the game. They finished a quarter with a 24-21 lead.
The Magic stayed with the lead until the 7:16 mark of the second when Odom made a Layup giving the Lakers a 31-30 lead. Richardson knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Magic back the lead but the Lakers tied it back up at 35 points. The game got tied again at 41, but the Magic went on a four point run to close out the half with a 45-41 lead.
The Magic got a big game from their All-Star Dwight Howard who had a game high and team leading 31 points and 13 rebounds. The only other player to score over ten for the Magic was Jason Richardson with 12 points. Hedo Turkoglu and Ryan Anderson both scored nine points for the Magic while four other players scored six points respectively.
Andrew Bynum and Kobe Bryant both scored 17 points apiece to try and get the Lakers the victory but only two other players scored in double digits. Pau Gasol 11 points and Lamar Odom came off the bench to score 15 points of his own. No player for the Lakers had no players with double digit rebounds with them being out outrebounded 46 to 34.
In the third quarter the Magic had the lead and did not look back as they lead the whole quarter. Howard scored 10 of his 31 in the third to keep the Magic ahead. The Lakers went on a 9-2 run to trim their lead to two with 3:37 left in the quarter. The then when on a run of their own to close out the quarter with a buzzer beating alley-hoop from Gilbert Arenas (4 points) to Howard as time ran off the clock.
Arenas was being pressured on the sideline and stepped out while throwing the ball to Howard who two-handed flushed it with .1 seconds running off the clock. The play stood because the refs could not review it seeing it was a pass and not a shoot.
The Lakers started out sluggish in the fourth quarter and the magic took advantage running away with the game. Howard had a dunk and a foul which put the Magic up by 15 but the closes the Lakers could get to them within 13 points the rest of the game. Kobe left the game with 3:43 left, and did not return as the Magic cruised to victory.
This is the Magic’s first win over a team with a winning record in over a month. This win help answer a few question of their run in the future, but until they can pile up more wins against top teams question will still remain.
The Lakers had looked sharp defensively their last couple of games, but this game looked like they reverted back to trouble they have been having defensively. They have to more road games before the All-Star break and their return home to get some much needed rest before the back stretch of the season. The Lakers have now fallen to third in the Western Conference with this loss, now sitting behind the San Antonio Spurs (45-9) and the Dallas Mavericks (38-16).
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