By Adrian Stewart Co
Los Angeles Lakers used a strong fourth quarter rally to take down Orlando Magic, 114-103, in the 2020-2021 NBA Season on Monday night (Tuesday in the Philippines) at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
Down 79-80, the Lakers opened the fourth period with back-to-back triples by Ben McLemore and conversions from Talen Horton-Tucker to build a 95-89 advantage.
The Magic trimmed the deficit to four but the Lakers managed to pull away on consecutive points from Dennis Schroder and outside hits from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Anthony Davis for a 114-100 edge.
Schroder finished the match with 21 points, while Davis and Montrezl Harrell chipped in 18 markers apiece as the Lakers halted its two-game slide to improve to 36-25 win-loss slate.
Kyle Kuzma chipped in 14 markers, while Andre Drummond and Caldwell-Pope contributed 13 and 10 markers, respectively, for the defending champions Lakers.
Rookie Chuma Okeke top-scored with 18 points, while Gary Harris, Cole Anthony and Dwayne Bacon contributed 17, 15 and 13 markers, respectively, for the Magic (18-43).
Meanwhile, Philadelphia 76ers (40-21) halted its four-game losing skid with a 121-90 domination over the slumping Oklahoma City Thunder (20-41) to remain at second in the East.
Joel Embiid tallied 21 points to lead the 76ers, Tobias Harris chipped in 12 markers, while Ben Simmons and rookie Tyrese Maxey contributed 11 points each.
Detroit Pistons (19-43), for its part, scored a stunning 100-86 victory over Atlanta Hawks (34-28). Jerami Grant and Frank Jackson tallied 18 points apiece for the Pistons.
In other results, Phoenix Suns prevailed over New York Knicks, 118-110; San Antonio Spurs turned back Washington Wizards in overtime, 146-143; and Toronto Raptors defeated Cleveland Cavaliers, 112-96.
LOS ANGELES 114 – Schroder 21, Davis 18, Harrell 18, Kuzma 14, Drummond 13, Caldwell-Pope 10, McLemore 7, Caruso 7, Horton-Tucker 4, Morris 2.
ORLANDO 103 – Okeke 18, Harris 17, Anthony 15, Bacon 13, Carter 10, Franks 10, Randle 9, Bamba 6, Hampton 5.
Quarterscores: 28-16, 50-56, 79-80, 114-103./ASC, WDJ