The Los Angeles Lakers will be leaving Florida without a win, dropping their third-straight game in a 114-105 loss to the Orlando Magic. This game was about as pretty as Kendall Marshall's shooting form but much less effective.
It's the same story for every loss. The Lakers fell asleep in the third quarter, allowing the Magic to go on a monstrous run to take an 11 point lead into the final frame and the team couldn't come close over the final 12 minutes. That's what happens when you give up 38 points in a single quarter.
Whenever the cameras panned over to the bench the Lakers were like a stable of horses -- long faces abound. You can thank Tobias Harris for that. He dropped 28 points and gobbled up 20 rebounds -- just two points shy of his career-high. Arron Afflalo finished the game with 24 points and six assists.
You can point to a number of common issues in this game. The Lakers gave up 15 second chance points and had a paltry two in comparison. They also gave up 17 fastbreak points.
Pau Gasol finished with a double-double, scoring a team-high 21 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and also dishing out six assists. Marshall had a solid night from beyond the arc despite challenging Shawn Marion for the ugliest shooting from in the league. He finished with 19 points (5-7 3 pt) along with 14 assists. Ryan Kelly continues making the most of his opportunity, scoring 15 points on five-of-eight shooting.
Poor defense, poor rebounding, poor outcome. In the good news department the Lakers are one game away from ending the road trip and going home to sunny Southern California. In the bad news department Carmelo Anthony is sharpening his knives, going off in Madison Square Garden. He's got 62 points with a handful of minutes left in the fourth quarter. Yes, he broke Kobe Bryant's MSG record. Till Sunday.