The Los Angeles Lakers failed to draw iron with a potential game-winning play out of timeout, and Nikola Vucevic shocked them with a buzzer-beating jumper with 1.5 seconds left in a 101-99 loss for the purple and gold. The Lakers had a chance with the game on the line, but a Lou Williams isolation attempt turned into a shot clock violation, leaving the Orlando Magic just enough time to beat the Lakers off an inbounds play.
D'Angelo Russell came out hot for the Lakers, scoring seven points in the first quarter as he looked to assert himself. That he was attacking the rim through the game, and was getting points while doing so early, is worth noting. He ended the game with 14 points, three assists and six rebounds. Byron Scott also went to Russell through most of the fourth quarter with the game knotted up, letting him play through the final minutes.
Larry Nance, Jr. continued to make an impact off the bench, scoring 13 points by making all six of his field goal attempts. He even stepped out to deep, draining a corner-three off of a feed from Marcelo Huertas. He's undoubtedly made the most of his playing time, giving the team immediate returns for letting him get some burn.
Shabazz Napier was feeling it, scoring a game-high 22 points off the bench for Orlando, including a huge three-pointer in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. He made five of his nine three-point attempts on the night. Channing Frye also filled it up for Orlando off the bench, adding in 14 points and both of his three-point shots. Evan Fournier led Orlando's starting lineup in scoring with 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting.
The Lakers are off until Friday, where they cap off their five-game road trip with a visit to the Dallas Mavericks.