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Lakers vs Orlando: Lakers' winning streak snapped by Magic

Lakers1_300 Magic 89, Lakers 75  (final)

The Lakers' four-game winning streak on this seven-game trip was snapped by the Orlando Magic on Sunday at Amway Arena.

The Lakers shot only 39.3% from the field, just 12.5% (two for 16) from three-point range. They were held to 34 points in the second half.

Kobe Bryant had 17 points but he was only eight-for-18 shooting from the field. Andrew Bynum finished with 17 points on eight-of-15 shooting and nine rebounds.

Lamar Odom had 15 points and eight rebounds while Pau Gasol was held to 11 points on five-for-12 shooting and four rebounds.

Dwight Howard led the Magic with 31 points and 13 rebounds. Jason Richardson was the only other Orlando player in double digits with 12 points, although he made only five of 15 shots. Forwards Hedu Turkoglu and Ryan Anderson each had nine points on a combined seven-for-13 shooting from the field.

The Lakers play at Charlotte on Monday night.

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Magic 67, Lakers 60  (end of third quarter)

The Lakers still trail after three quarters, but at least they played inspired basketball in the third quarter.

Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum both have 15 points through three quarters. Bynum also has eight rebounds.

Dwight Howard leads the Magic with 19 points and eight rebounds.

Magic 45, Lakers 41  (end of first half)

The Lakers got 13 points from Kobe Bryant in the first half, but still trail at the intermission.

Jason Richardson leads the Magic with 12 points.

Dwight Howard picked up his third foul with 2:27 left in the second quarter while trying to set a screen on Derek Fisher.

Magic 24, Lakers 21 (end of first quarter)

The Lakers were right. The Orlando Magic did put up a lot of three-pointers.

The Magic went three for six from three-point range, allowing Orlando to open its early lead.

Center Dwight Howard leads the Magic with nine points, but he also picked up two fouls in the first quarter.

Lakers center Andrew Bynum has nine points as well in his matchup against Howard.

Pregame

The Lakers know that the Orlando Magic shoot plenty of three-pointers.

That was something Lakers Coach Phil Jackson told his team to be ready for when L.A. faced the Magic on Sunday at Amway Arena.

Dwight Howard, Orlando's All-Star center, was also someone the Lakers had to be prepared to deal with.

-- Broderick Turner, reporting from Orlando

Photo: Magic guard Jason Richardson tries to draw a charge from Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in the first half Sunday. Credit: Preston Mack / EPA

 
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only a coach like pj would leave or let fish start.he cant
shoot or guard anybody.cant wait until pj retire he is in la
la land or something,when he retire the fans are going to have
a better playing team.because pj dont give a d.;;m anymore
as long as fish plays the lakers are going to struggle.the
way he plays now,if he had any pride he would bench himself
because he looks stupid out there.

I'd say that Dwight Howard passed his audition for the Lakers with flying colors...


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

the lakers want win because it has three big priblems .The
coach,fisher and luke.until these two players are bench and
PJ retires the lakers will continue to struglebecause anybody
who watches the lakers can see that fish and luke is non factor.pj has been lucky he have coach outstanding players
over his carer.anyother coach with these same players would
have achieve more than pj.trade pau he is a softie,no heart.
every quality big man just kicks his a/..;;;.trade the lakers
coaches and the team will improve overnight.smile.

Come on mitch - trade bynum for melo!!! forget this season and get us melo for the future!!! bynum is worthless - he shows up once in a while and then everyone is back on the bynum bandwagon. check out Griffin - dudes first real season and he kicks azz!!! bynum is a dud. This is Kevin Love's third year and he also dominates more than bynum.

Lakers can get another big man later. With kobe and melo scoring - just need a big man who can defend.

Boston win was nice but they were also depleted.


As usual, Bynum gets punked. He has no heart, no desire for anything other then Playboy bunnies.

I'd say that Dwight Howard passed his audition for the Lakers with flying colors...
Posted by: CyberCosmiX |
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Does that mean Bynum failed?

They just couldn't stop the big D.

When Bynum came up limping I'm sure we all went, Ohhh Noooo, here we go again, but fortunately it seems he is ok. I was surprised they left him in at that point.

That line up with Fish and Blake on the floor together seemed a little odd to me, but then Brown was off all day too.

Oh well, can chalk this one up to 3rd game in 4 days, seems the road may be catching up to them.

Charlotte may be tough, they seem to have the Lakers number someway, somehow and it will be their 4th game in 5 days. But then, a 5-2 road trip isn't bad. Hard to win any game shooting 39%. Ugly.

I'd sure like to see Ebanks or Caracter get some real minutes. If injuries require them to play in the playoffs it would be nice to have some real game experience other than garbage time.
Can they really shoot worse than Artest?
I wonder if PJ would have played Kobe when he was a rook.

Lakers lose, Bynum grabs his knee in the second half.

Another wasted Sunday afternoon in front of the idiot box.

Time for a movie with Mrs. DBDH to undo what has been done in Orlando.

...grrrr...

DBDH!

Art...

Agreed with what you said about real minutes for the rooks. Especially Ebanks. There is a real need for his potential skills at the small forward. With Ron in a funk, Barnes out and Luke being what he is, the small forward matchup is being lost just about every night in a big way.

Kobe is the best PG, SG and SF on this team. That shows a lack of balance. Guys need to step up. I hope tonight was just an off night due to the long trip. Overall the team has played well on the roadie, but the lack of production at small forward and point guard is troubling.

Bronx,

You are exactly right about our balance. We are getting nothing from our SF and PG positions. Not sure how we deal with that if PJ stays the course. Hopefully in the Playoffs, we'll see our best 5 on the court most of the time. That would be, in my opinion;

PG-Kobe
SG-Shannon
C-Drew
PF-Pau
SF-Lamar

Dwight Howard played like the MVP today and his team kicked butt. On to Charlotte. No time to feel sorry about themselves.

Art: "Does that mean Bynum failed?"
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Lol, no. Didn't say that, although that certainly wasn't his finest game. Yeah though, isn't that the truth when Bynum came up limping. What is that line from Star Wars when the Death Star blew up that planet, and Obi Wan said that a million voices cried out? Well, at that instant, it was like a million Laker fans breathed deeply.

The knee's are the only thing that worries me about Drew, he has all the talent in the world but if he's hurt it doesn't matter. Props to him for staying in. I have a feeling though, a deep/dark feeling that all these little twinges and pains he feels during games aren't a good thing. Down the line, well I don't even want to imagine what might happen, but thoughts of Grant Hill run thru my mind all the time when I see Drew grab his knee's in games.

During the Bobcats game we can see Gerald Wallace/Captain Jack go through their auditions... lol

Yeah, tough games for Shannon/Artest. Starting to think the Lakers should try to get a dead-eye shooter, at least coming off the bench.

The PJ question is a good one, we all know how ol' Delmer handled that though... lol


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

BTW, is this Art in Florida? Just wondering if you shortened your name.

Hope the home depot is still open. Usually after Laker losses, one can never have too much troll repellent.

DBDH: you do realize we DO blame Del Harris - for not playing Kobe as a rook!

lol


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Off to paint kitchen cabinets - fun fun!

OMG, I'm having some severe apostrophe issues this afternoon! yikes...

To me, it was a good effort out there their shots didn't connect so they lost the game. Lakers were competitive up to a certain point but their perimeter shooting was off on the 5th game while Orlando's bench like Anderson, Richardson and JJ Reddick were great. Besides, it is really hard to win on the road. Bynum is ok, tho' it is really worth waiting for the expiration of Howard's contract. Don't let Howard re-sign his contract, work it out now behind the scenes. He's the real C that can resume the Superman tradition from Mikan to Wilt, Kareem, Shaq. Bynum is just the Superboy so far because of the number of games he has missed in his career.

Cyber,

Yes, Art and Art-FL are one and the same, he is me as I am he and we are all together. Hmm, maybe I'll change my name to Iamthewalrus...

I share your thoughts about Drew and the Knees, that had a few good songs back in the day but no staying power. No wait, never mind.
Anyway, I get it about Drews height and length but his health scares the crap out of me. It's a big gamble Buss is playing. That's the main reason I was in favor of the Melo trade that never was nor will be, but not the only reason. The Lakers need someone on the perimeter that can hit a darn shot. Melo can shoot.

But I would be quite happy if they kept Drew and could get someone who can score in a trade for Artest and any rook.
Ron Ron is a nice guy, but he's been in my poop house for a while now.

Our bigs are soft - Pau softie Gasol, Lamar too sweet Odom, Lazy Bynum

Didn't like the way Brodrick phrases Kobe only 8-18 shooting. That's 1 shot off .500! He also led team with 5 assists. Sits 5 minutes of the 4th Q?

I don't see Ebanks and Caracter really helping them much now or in the future. They could just be the next Sun Yue. I would bet there are some guys in the d-league that could probably fill a specialty role better than those two right now. Whether it's a rebounder or a 3 point shooter.

If we hold 'em this year. Make sure Kobe talks to Dwight about next year. Dwight could very easily force the Magic to trade him for Drew. Remember, according to LBJ, D-Wade and Bosh, players evidently can talk about such and it's not considered tampering.

If we stand pat, please play:

PG-Kobe
SG-Shannon
C-Drew
PF-Pau
SF-Lamar

Let's keep our best 5 players on the court as much as possible!!

Edwin...

I don't think Orlando would trade Howard for Bynum straight up. I know I wouldn't. Clearly, Orlando hopes it can win a C'ship and convince Dwight to stay put. The only way they would trade him is if he is about to become a free agent and it appears they might lose him with nothing to show for it.

I think it was a good measuring stick for Andrew to go up against Dwight today. Clearly, Dwight is the best center in the NBA, as you alluded to. Bynum can clearly see the improvements he will have to make to approach Dwight's level. Drew played well early on, but fell short in the second half. Drew needs to improve his conditioning and prove that he can be more than a part time player. Pau Gasol has to take a bite of that doo-doo sandwich, too. He couldn't slow Howard, either. Dwight had his way in the 2nd half.

Just when I thought the Lakers were turning the corner, they go back to what got them here... uh, I mean, back to what got them the middle of the pack playoff seeding and a woeful record against playoff teams.

Once again Pau Gasol is incapable of defending any post challenge. When Bynum is in, the lakers defend the lane, when he's out they can't. All of you, "I never played basketball but I'm an expert", fools who think the lakers should trade Bynum for a hot dog shooter, tell me one team who has won a championship without great defense in the middle. Then tell me how the Lakers can win this year without it.

D(erek)J(eter)...

One of my posts got lost. I responded to your proposal for a super big frontcourt by saying that PJ has never seemed too enthused about it. I believe the main reason is that he felt it would make the Lakers too vulnerable to fast break basketball. He may have to reconsider if the lack of production at small forward continues.

what a disappointment for me today as well as for my fellow laker maniacs. so looking forward to this game all week, since i spent two days in japan and missed their solid victories over boston and ny. they looked like a team that ran out of gas. tired legs seemed to be the reason for shooting 39%. 'drew and kobe were the only ones who seemed to be on their game, shooting-wise. yeah, howard got his, (31pts) but i don't feel that's the reason L.A. lost! totally a lackluster performance. dfish,( i love you man) but please start knocking down your shots. ron-ron, you looked like you were in la-la-land! since you're always left open for GREAT 3 POINT LOOKS, wouldn't it behoove you to work on your 3 point shot in PRACTICE????? shannon, stop turning the ball OVER! you're killing us. and please knock down some shots too! they played like they were satisfied with winning the 1st four games of this roadie. well, tomorrow we'll see how they fare against their DREADED NEMESIS, known as the charlotte bobcats!

Art theWalrus,

From Art Fl Fan to plain Art now Art the Walrus, you are turning to many names. Once you decide to become Art the Alligator, you can now move to Hollywood. lol!

I don't know Art, I think the Melo deal will not work out if you ask for Drew's head. It is really worth waiting and see what he can accomplish in a season without any injury or limping w/ swollen knees. To PJ, he was offering Caracter, it was an offer that Nuggets have to refuse. I still go for Artest-Fisher-Walton which is a better offer than PJ but it was a coward's offer not to disband the team. We only lost one game against Magic. Let's see when they get to Staples they will be a different team. Over the broadcast, they were saying that Brian Shaw would surely get the head coach job. I don't know whether BS has ever been a head coach even in Las Vegas Summer League. I will go with a Coach with character who can motivate our aging Supestars, something exciting like Coach K, Showtime Lakers someone who will accept the concept of run, run, run or if you want D, go with Coach Howland of UCLA. Yesterday, the Bruins were leading by 12 with 2 mins. to go, he changed all 5 players, the score went down to 8 within one minute. He immediately put back again the 5 guys he replaced. That's character one who refuse to lose.

Bronx,

I am thinking that LO can run as fast as Ron and Shannon can certainly outrun Derek.

BronxLF,

It will not be a trade but an expiration of contract just like what's going on with Melo. At the end of the season, he could choose which team he would go. Coincidentally, Bynum's contract would also expire at the same time as Howard.
What do you think between Bynum and Howard, will Socks surpass Howard in two years time.?

A. Bynum- a word of advice young man. If you ever wish to be mentioned in the same sentence with Wilt, Kareem or Shaq, you had better learn to WORK for post position. You are too lazy to be relevant.

"I don't see Ebanks and Caracter really helping them much now or in the future. They could just be the next Sun Yue. I would bet there are some guys in the d-league that could probably fill a specialty role better than those two right now. Whether it's a rebounder or a 3 point shooter."

Posted by: Bay to LA | February 13, 2011 at 04:14 PM

Bay...

If they never play, we'll never know what they are capable of. I can understand Caracter struggling for minutes as the front court rotation is pretty much set. But Ebanks is capable of playing small forward, a position where the team is struggling at present. The other night in New York, Ebasnks sat in favor of Luke during garbage time. What's the point in that? Phil knows what Luke brings. The question is can Ebanks play or not? Maybe Phil doesn't like what he sees from the rook in practice. That's the only reason I can see for not giving him a chance with Barnes out and Ron having his issues.

Edwin...

My personal opinion is that Bynum will never be as good as Dwight. I do think if Bynum can stay healhy and works hard, that he will be very good. But, I see him always a notch below Howard. Howard is faster, jumps higher,rebounds better, is a better defender and has proven to be more durable. I like Drew, but those are facts. Dwight's poor foul shooting and penchant for silly fouls and his lack of poise are definitely faults, but he's getting better with time.

Nobody's guarding you at the free-throw line, and the Lakers shot abysmally there, which tells me they were tired. Steve Blake plays, what, 27 minutes and nets 0 points. Fish got 4 but what else is new? Kobe gets 17? Was Artest at the game? Right. He got 5.

Tired players miss free-throws, but it would be ever so nice if our PG's could put the ball in the hoop occasionally.

And get assists.

4 points and 6 assists in a combined 54+ minutes between Blake and Fisher? Tired or not, that's beyond bad.

If that's all it takes to be a Laker point guard, heck, I'll lace 'em up! I could use the rest.

So, it looked to me like Pau and everyone except Kobe forgot to set their alarm or partied the night before! Lazy effort today and it looked like most of the Lakers were on PST instead of EST. Another beating of our bigs by two Laker bigs who are supposed to be on the Lakers for biggness and to counter the likes of Howard. Our best hope is that someone in the ECF beats Howard and co. , because he/they certainly know now that it is easy to beat the Lakers who are slow in the post and slow to defend 3s, both advantages of which Orland has in spades!

How about more free throw practice for all!

Disgraceful showing..............AGAIN. Shoulda been 7-0 on this trip. Watch out for Bobcats tomorrow!

Bob T as soon as you take your team to 14 of the next 21 NBA finals we can then take your opinion seriously

I miss Ariza, Farmar and Vujacic.

We need to get a shooter. Paul Gasol , I love you, but you need to man up.
Phil Jackson, please put Derrick Fisher on the bench and start Steve Blake and
tell him to shoot. Also, tell Shannon Brown to leave his personal problems at home and to start playing basketball. Shannon, I know that you can get beyond your personal problems and start playing basketball. I know that
you can be great. Lamar Odom, please come to play everyday. Laker fan
forever. Andrew and Kobe, please keep up the good work and hang in there.
Laker fan forever. I will always support you.

"Bay...

If they never play, we'll never know what they are capable of. I can understand Caracter struggling for minutes as the front court rotation is pretty much set. But Ebanks is capable of playing small forward, a position where the team is struggling at present. The other night in New York, Ebasnks sat in favor of Luke during garbage time. What's the point in that? Phil knows what Luke brings. The question is can Ebanks play or not? Maybe Phil doesn't like what he sees from the rook in practice. That's the only reason I can see for not giving him a chance with Barnes out and Ron having his issues.

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | February 13, 2011 at 04:52 PM "

I agree that it wouldn't hurt to give them a chance, but I think they should both be in the d-league. I don't think either side really benefits from them being on the roster if they're not going to be used in any meaningful situations.

Why does it seem whenever the media let's this team off the hook, they play like zombies and completely suck? It is unfortunate, but this team seems to respond better to harsh criticism.

Art...

Agreed with what you said about real minutes for the rooks. Especially Ebanks. There is a real need for his potential skills at the small forward. With Ron in a funk, Barnes out and Luke being what he is, the small forward matchup is being lost just about every night in a big way.

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | February 13, 2011 at 03:47 PM

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If P.J. is the best overall coach in history, then I hate to say it but "Sour Grapes" Popovich surely has to be the best rookie coach.. because he plays them!. Look at the Spurs draft picks last decade and before that, their entire team's success is directly related to their "farm" of great rookies. It begs the question are Ebanks and Caracter not naturally gifted enough both skills-and height-length-wise to get more minutes on other NBA teams, possibly start? As far as our bench rotation, we all knew it wasn't going to be a walk in the park when we replaced 95% of our bench during the off-season and so it's going to be hard to get acquainted with the offensive put-out when we barely give them time to coalesce. What has been hurting us the most is the absence of Matt Barnes, we need him for shots (purely outside shooting if we needed him to), slashing to the hoop, defense (length @ wingspan), replace Artest during his woes (a lot). I know Artest averages around 9+ when he's on the court, but we really benefit in games like this when we have somebody such as a Trevor Ariza (Barnes' length).

Edwin Gueco:

I will go with a Coach with character who can motivate our aging Supestars, something exciting like Coach K, Showtime Lakers someone who will accept the concept of run, run, run or if you want D, go with Coach Howland of UCLA. Yesterday, the Bruins were leading by 12 with 2 mins. to go, he changed all 5 players, the score went down to 8 within one minute. He immediately put back again the 5 guys he replaced. That's character one who refuse to lose.
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Agreed. As a good example of a coach that has character and motivated his aging superstars I say look at exhibit a. Vinny del Negro with the Clippers. He was able to both motivate Baron Davis and b) if it were not for their 1-13 start they wouldn't be on the outside looking in, but a surefire 6th-8th seed right now jockeying for position. Took them time to get better obviously and they had their troubles to start but who doesn't have troubles starting rookies? Now Blake Griffin looks like a younger version of Karl Malone, that's partly due to Vin's coaching. The point is he energized his team. Mike Brown was another decent coach but mostly rode Lebron's coat-tails during the reg-season, and they had a horrid playoff core and teams were always able to beat them. We will have a time later to discuss coaches but coach K has the same intangibles that would make me consider him if a Shaw isn't the head coach, hopefully most of the staff remains like a Shaw if coach K comes in.

4 REBOUNDS!!!! PAU is a SOFTIE. This is exactly my point why I think we don't have a chance of winning this years championship with Pau as our POWER-forward. Unless Bynum has some kind of ASTONISHING playoff run.

Pau (and Artest) for:

Aldridge (Mathews)
Noah (Deng)
Love and Johnson (Ellington)
Lopez and Harris (Favors)
Horford and Smith (Bibby)


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