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LA Lakers beat Orlando Magic in NBA

Orlando, Jul 26 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 7/26/2020 12:38:09 PM IST

The Los Angeles Lakers rode stellar performances from Kyle Kuzma and LeBron James to notch a 119-112 win over the Orlando Magic. The Lakers established a commanding 35-19 advantage through the first 10 minutes and the Magic were only able to shave three points from their deficit heading into halftime. 

Orlando made it interesting with a 40-point third quarter, but strong production from the second unit led by Kuzma’s game-high 25 points helped Los Angeles hold on for the victory.

Kuzma complemented his aforementioned scoring total with seven rebounds and one assist. James followed with 20 points and added seven assists and two rebounds across 25 minutes. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope went 7-for-8 from the field on his way to 17 points. He also posted three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Dion Waiters poured in 12 points.

DJ Augustin paced the Magic with 21 points and also provided five assists and two rebounds. Michael Carter-Williams led the bench with 15 points, supplementing them with eight boards, three assists and one steal. Nikola Vucevic furnished 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

The only negative for the Lakers was the early loss of Anthony Davis, who was inadvertently poked in the eye with 2:09 left in the first quarter and did not return to the game. Davis was battling with the Magic’s Khem Birch for a rebound when the Magic players swiped him in the face. The Lakers star was having an excellent game with nine points and 10 rebounds in nine minutes.

Although the injury did not appear to be serious as Davis re-appeared from the locker room, he was kept out of the remainder of the scrimmage as a precaution.

 

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