Missed FTs hurt Magic in narrow loss to Lakers
The Magic were led by DHoward, who had a double-double of 25 pts and 10 rebs. However, he was just 7 of 16 from the FT line and had 5 TOs. GHill added 20 pts on 8 of 11 FGs; HTurkoglu 18 pts, and CArroyo off the bench with 11 pts. Bryant led LA with 28 pts on 9 of 15 FGs, 10 of 11 FTs; Smush Parker hurt the Magic again, with a career-high 26 pts; and Luke Walton 12 pts.
LA (38 of 77, 49.4%) outscored the Magic (38 of 75, 50.4%) from the floor 83-81. LA hit on 7 of 18 3 pters, while the Magic were 5 of 12. LA (26 of 35) had the edge at the FT line over the Magic (25 of 39, 64.1%). LA had a slight edge on the boards over ORL 41-38. The Magic had a very good AST/TO ratio of 27/12, but LA was even better at 26/9. The Magic reserves edged the Lakers reserves 27-26.
The Magic still had a chance to tie at the end, but JNelson's (3 of 10 FG, 7 pts) last second 3 pt attempt clanked off the rim. Magic proved they can play on the road against a strong team, but 14 missed FTs spoiled an otherwise strong effort. The Magic really have their work cut out for them SAT night, facing the high-flying Suns.