The former number one of the ‘draft’ leads the triumph of the Magic in the Staples Center with the second ‘triple-double’ of his career (118-119).
The Lakers, the best team in the West, had to slow down before Markelle Fultz at the Staples Center, where Orlando got its best victory of the season (118-119). Two baskets in the last minute rounded the triple-double of the eaves of the Magic (21 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) against a LeBron James (19 points, 19 assists) who could not lead his team to the tenth consecutive victory.
The fourth night without Anthony Davis, suffering from back pain, was made even more difficult by the added absence of Rajon Rondo, with a broken finger. In this way, the Lakers paddled against the current from a second quarter where they lost 31-51. Only contributions from the bench of Quinn Cook (22 points) and Troy Daniels (17), both with their tops of the season, kept Frank Vogel’s team in the fight.
Everything seemed lost at the beginning of the last quarter, with 66-87, after an exhibition of mates by Aaron Gordon (21 points). The only spot for the eaves of the University of Arizona was to suffer a devastating tap by JaVale McGee. However, in their third consecutive home game, the Florida franchise seemed determined to everything. They do not even seem to weigh the absences of Evan Fournier, Michael Carter-Williams or D.J. Augustin
“As I had dreamed them”
LeBron, despite matching his personal record of assists (19), err with 4.9 seconds the triple that would have sent the duel to extra time. Just before, Fultz had broken his hip, after dodging the traffic in the area, for 118-115. For the first time this season, the Lakers bowed their knee to a team with a negative baggage.
“The last minutes were as I had dreamed them,” revealed the number one of the 2017 draft, elated after the second triple-double of his career. Tonight, the Staples can enjoy again with their basketball against the Clippers. The Lakers, meanwhile, start a five-game tour, given that their track will host the Grammy Awards on Sunday 26.
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