Magic end brutal month with loss to Lakers
The Lakers offense really flourished against the Magic. Six players scored in double figures, led by Kobe Bryant's 28. They outscored the Magic from the field 87-60 on 51.2% shooting, and finished with a superb assist-to-turnover ratio of 31-10, while outrebounding the Magic 38-29. The Magic had 4 players in double figures, led by GHill (23 pts), along with DHoward (15 pts 9 rebs), DStevenson (14 pts), and CArroyo (12 pts). The Magic shot 52.7%, but took 25 fewer shots than LA. They did outscore LA 27-15 from the FT line on 71.1% FT shooting. The Magic struggled moving the ball offensively, with only 14 assists compared to 16 TOs. The Magic bench, led by Arroyo, scored 27 pts while the Lakers bench scored 25.
TBattie and KDooling really struggled, scoring only 8 pts and 3 rebs between them in 40 combined minutes. Darko had another decent game with 6 pts, 7 rebs and 3 blocks in 23 minutes. I think the time has come for BHill to start Darko instead of Battie,and if Dooling continues to play poorly, have Arroyo as a starter. Dooling has been so inconsistent; I expect a lot better from him than what he did against LA. As all of us here agree, BHill has to make changes in the starting lineup; the way they played in the third quarter was ridiculous.