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Lakers vs. Magic Final Score: Brandon Ingram closes out 111-95 Lakers victory

Brandon Ingram looks resolute in the new year.

Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

The Los Angeles Lakers cleaned up another Florida team in a 111-95 victory over the Orlando Magic. The Lakers have now won back-to-back games for the first time since November, when everything seemed to be clicking to start the season.

The Lakers started off hot, dropping 40 points on Orlando in the first quarter to gallop out of the gates. Julius Randle led the initial charge with 11 points and four assists through the opening 12 minutes, and it was off to the races for LA. Randle finished the night with 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

There wasn’t much resistance from the Magic in this one as the Lakers stayed in control. It didn’t hurt that Orlando connected on just two made field goals in the third quarter, scoring nine total points.

Brandon Ingram continued an impressive start to 2017, tying his career-high with 17 points. Ingram’s back-to-back three-pointers in the fourth quarter had the entirety of STAPLES Center popping, and a pretty and-one in the helped the Lakers put away a Magic team that started to make a late push. He scored 12 points in the fourth, ending the night with a full head of steam.

The fans not only got to enjoy free tacos, but a great game from the Lakers’ entire trio of lottery talent. D’Angelo Russell put in a solid night’s work with 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. That the Lakers won so cleanly while Nick Young (2 points, 0-of-4 from deep) and Lou Williams (10 points, 0-of-7 from deep) had off nights speaks volumes as to how well the youngsters played.

The Lakers get another crack at Portland Tuesday night, riding what feels like believable momentum while they kick their playoff chase back into full swing.

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