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Lakers hold off Magic 96-93, win again without LeBron, Davis

Dennis Schröder scored 24 points, Kyle Kuzma added 21 and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Orlando Magic 96-93 Sunday night.

Montrezl Harrell added 18 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, which has won two in a row without LeBron James and Anthony Davis. However, the Lakers had a tough time trying to shake the Eastern Conference’s second-worst team.

Orlando’s Otto Porter Jr. had a clean look at a 3-pointer to send it to overtime, but the shot hit the rim.

“It wasn’t pretty, but we played well. This is a tough shooting night, but our defense carried us through,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel stated.

Los Angeles improved to 2/3 without James and Davis. They are fourth in the Western Conference at 30-17 and are 2 1/2 games in front of Denver and Portland. They are also two games behind second-place Phoenix and a game in back of the third-place LA Clippers.

“We’re not playing for holding on. We’re paid to do the same job, which is win games,” Harrell said. “We’re going to try to continue to keep rolling until they get back.”

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Kuzma, who also had 11 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season, said the Lakers got plenty of open looks, but were not unable to convert until late.

Los Angeles made only 41.6% of its shots from the field for its sixth-worst shooting game of the campaign.

“We probably got the most open looks that we’ve had all season, especially on 3-pointers,” he said.

Orlando had a 82-77 lead with 7:19 left after R.J. Hampton drilled a 3-pointer. The Lakers trailed 84-80 midway through the fourth quarter before going on a 12-1 run to seize control as Schröder and Kuzma each had five points.

Los Angeles had a seven-point lead with under three minutes remaining, but the Magic got within three going to the final possession.

Dwayne Bacon led the Magic with 26 points and Chuma Okeke scored 14. Orlando (15-31) has dropped 13 of 15.

Even though he has plenty of moving pieces after five players were moved at the trade deadline, Orlando coach Steve Clifford was frustrated with his team’s failures to execute down the stretch.

“We fouled unnecessarily, played undisciplined defense and missed blockouts,” he stated. “We played hard and didn’t play smart. The game was there to be won. Nobody knocked it out of the park.”

There were nine lead changes and three ties during the first 13 minutes before the Lakers went on a 17-3 run to go up 39-26 with under three minutes remaining in the second quarter. The Magic rallied to get it down to a five-point deficit at halftime (44-39) as Bacon had seven points down the stretch.

Markieff Morris’ 3-pointer gave the Lakers a 61-53 lead before Orlando scored eight consecutive to tie it at 61 with 2:12 remaining in the third quarter. There were three more ties in the quarter as it was 69-all going into the final 12 minutes.

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Magic forward Jonathan Isaac has torn ACL in left knee

Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac suffered a torn ACL during a 132-116 triumph over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, the team announced.

The injury appeared to occur after Isaac jump-stopped past two opponents and planted on the floor in an awkward way.

“It looked bad, obviously,” Orlando coach Steve Clifford said after the game, per ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “Until you hear anything, I am just hopeful, that’s all.” 

An MRI performed after the match exposed the full extent of his injury.

Once word of Isaac’s diagnosis broke, the Magic forward received an outpouring of support from his peers The loss of Isaac is a major one for Orlando. The 22-year-old is averaging 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.3 assists in his third season, all career highs, while shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from three. 

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Isaac’s offensive game remains a work in progress, but he’s been a defensive difference-maker for the 32-35 Magic, who beat the Kings 132-116 on Sunday and now hold the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference standings. 

“My whole heart goes out to him. He’s such a great guy, such a great person,” Isaac’s teammate Aaron Gordon told reporters after the game. “… I hope it’s nothing serious. I hope it’s just something that kind of shocked him. But it was sad, man. It brought tears to my eyes.”

Isaac’s 2019-20 season has been hampered by injuries.

He missed 31 games with a left knee injury before the NBA was shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the same knee he injured Sunday. 

There’s now a possibility that he’ll miss a large chunk—if not the entirety—of the 2020-21 season, which is expected to start in December. That would be a huge setback for him.

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Orlando Magic at Utah Jazz

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The The Orlando Magic visit Vivint Smart Home Arena to take on the Utah Jazz. The game starts at 9:00 pm ET on Thursday, Dec. 3

Orlando Magic had a hard enough time holding off Utah three weeks ago, and that was with the Jazz missing two starters.

Looking to win five straight games for the first time in nearly four years, the visiting Magic expect a much tougher test Thursday night against a Jazz team that nearly handed Golden State its first loss.

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ABOUT THE MAGIC (10-8): Orlando built a 17-point lead in the opener of its road trip at Minnesota on Monday before hanging on for a 96-93 victory. “I feel like last year we would have lost that game,” Magic guard Victor Oladipo told reporters. “We’re growing up a lot, but we’ve just got to build on it.” Orlando is thriving at the defensive end and held its last four opponents to an average of 91.3 points with Oladipo (three blocks and two steals on Monday) leading the charge for the reserves.

ABOUT THE JAZZ (8-8): Utah owns one of the better defenses in the league, and its latest results are a reflection of that unit’s consistency. The Jazz allowed over 100 points in each of their last four losses while surrendering 96 or fewer in each of the last four wins. Utah yielded an average of 89 points in back-to-back wins before allowing the Warriors to shoot 48.8 percent from the floor and 14-of-29 from 3-point range in Monday’s loss.

Orlando won the last meeting this season between these two teams, but the Jazz still lead the head-to-head record, 8-2 SU, over the last 10 matchups. Additionally, with a 6-4 record, the Jazz have the advantage ATS.

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Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers

 Orlando Magic at Cleveland CavaliersThe Cavaliers will try to finish 3-0 on their homestand tonight when they square off against the Orlando Magic for the first of four regular season matchups. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Cleveland (10-3) is a perfect 7-0 at The Q this season and 27-1 dating back to January 19th of last season.

The Orlando Magic look for a big road win to where they can get back to a .500 record. The Orlando Magic are averaging 100.4 points on 42.3 percent shooting and allowing 100.8 points on 42 percent shooting. Evan Fournier is averaging 19.2 points and 4.2 rebounds while Nikola Vucevic is averaging 15.1 points and 8.5 rebounds. Tobias Harris is grabbing 8.3 rebounds and Victor Oladipo is dishing 3.7 assists.

The Orlando Magic are averaging 12.2 offensive rebounds, a trait that continues to keep them in games. The Magic now just need more consistent offense to string together some victories. The Magic have lost six of their last eight road games. C.J. Watson is questionable with a calf injury.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers look to build on a solid 10-3 start to the season. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 103.9 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 96.7 points on 42.9 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26.6 points and 6.2 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 18.3 points and 12 rebounds. J.R. Smith is dishing 2.1 assists and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 9.8 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 34.9 percent from deep and have won eight of nine games when topping 100 points. The Cavs must continue to dig deep with the injuries continuing to pile up. The Cavs have not lost a home game all season. Mo Williams is out with a leg injury.

The Magic are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southeast and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Magic are 0-4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Cleveland and 3-12-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings overall.

Last game: Cleveland took its second straight with a 109-97 win over Atlanta on Saturday.

Cavaliers’ probable starting lineup: 6-3 Matthew Dellavedova (7.3 ppg, 5.7 apg), 6-6 J.R. Smith (9.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg), 6-8 LeBron James (26.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 6.2 apg), 6-10 Kevin Love (18.2 ppg, 12.0 rpg) and 6-10 Tristan Thompson (7.7 ppg, 9.8 rpg,).

Magic’s probable starting lineup: 6-3 Elfrid Payton (10.7 ppg, 6.2 apg), 6-4 Victor Oladipo (13.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.7 apg), 6-7 Evan Fournier (19.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg), 6-9 Tobias Harris (14.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and 7-0 Nikola Vucevic (15.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg).

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Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic

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The road trip continues tonight as the Raptors (5-0) take on the Magic (1-4) at Amway Center in Orlando. Toronto is coming off impressive back-to-back wins out West over the Mavs and Thunder to enter tonight’s contest as one of two undefeated teams left in the league, alongside the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. Orlando’s record is deceiving, having played some good basketball and lost two games in overtime to top-ranked teams in the Rockets and Thunder.

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Despite moving to 5-0 for the first time with Wednesday’s 103-98 win at Oklahoma City, Casey is trying to keep Toronto even keel after back-to-back Atlantic Division titles led to first-round playoff defeats.

The Raptors will try to continue their success at both ends, averaging an Eastern Conference-best 106.0 points while allowing 95.6. They’ve also held their last three opponents to a combined 25.9 percent shooting in the fourth quarter.

Toronto will certainly have to keep an eye on Evan Fournier in this meeting. A night after putting up a career-high 30 points in a 103-94 win at New Orleans, he had 29 and helped limit James Harden to 6-of-22 shooting in Wednesday’s 119-114 overtime loss at Houston.

Fournier, who averaged a career-high 12.0 points last season, is scoring a team-high 20.6. He’s made 55.4 percent from the field and 9 of 21 from 3-point range in his last three. Fournier has played well in his past five games against the Raptors, averaging 17.8 points.

Probable starters

Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Luis Scola, Jonas Valanciunas.

Orlando: Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris, Evan Fournier, Dewayne Dedmon.

Key matchup:Evan Fournier vs. Kyle Lowry/Cory Joseph.

Need to know:

  • The Raptors are off to their best start to a season but still have a ways to go to equal their biggest winning streak. They ran off nine straight in 2001-02
  • Nikola Vucevicwon’t play on Friday night. The team’s centre is out with a bone bruise on his right knee. Dewane Dedmon is expected to start in his place
  • Orlando is 1-4 but has fallen in a pair of very tight games this season. The Magic went to double OT with Oklahoma City on Oct. 30 and took the Rockets to overtime on Wednesday. They are losing their games by an average of 3.5 points
  • Mississauga’sAndrew Nicholson, now in his fourth year as a pro with the Magic, has seen action in one game this season.


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