The Los Angeles Lakers were able to bounce back in a 108-107 victory over the Orlando Magic, led by a big scoring night from Brook Lopez. Brook also iced the game at the free-throw line, sinking two from the stripe to reel a dicey win in.
It was an incredibly strange close to this game, with an unusual game clock situation playing out with .6 seconds left in the fourth. The final inbound pass from Orlando was reset to a jump ball after a game clock error, a controversial ruling that essentially stole the Magic’s chance to attempt a final shot.
Lopez scored a team-high 27 points, but in his 34 minutes of play he didn’t pull down a single rebound. Make of that what you will, or make nothing of it since he drained the game-winning free-throws and led the offense.
Lonzo Ball came out firing out of halftime, getting buckets to give the Lakers a big boost coming out of the break. He was also all over the court defensively, moving fluidly and making plays with his hustle and length. Watching Lonzo contributing in every way, as he did against Denver, is always pleasant. He finished with 16 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals and one sick block.
It was also a nice game from Kyle Kuzma, who had a natural flow to his game going. The footwork that made him such an immediate standout player was on full display, with Kuzma filling in 20 points. Watching Kuz operate is an absolute treat when he’s in rhythm.
Aaron Gordon had an impressive game, putting in big damage early before finishing with 28 points, 14 rebounds and nearly stealing the win with a bucket in the final moments of the game. Nikola Vucevic added in 24 points and 12 rebounds of his own.
The Lakers are off Thursday before hitting the road to face the Denver Nuggets Friday night. Until then, enjoy the win.