Magic down Kobe-less Lakers


Stephen M. Dowell / Orlando Sentinel / MCT

Magic guard Victor Oladipo was one rebound shy of a triple-double in Friday’s double-overtime win over the Knicks.

Tobias Harris scored 28 points to help the Orlando Magic secure their 12th victory of the season with a 114-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night,.

Harris’ 28 points were two points off of his career high of 30, which he set on April 10 of last year, but he did set a career high in rebounds with 20. The game marked his first 20-point, 20-rebound game of his career.

“I just want to go out there and win,” said Harris after the game. “I do whatever I can for my team and just keep playing the right way night in and night out.”

Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn said after the game that they wanted to exploit Harris’ matchup tonight.

“We knew he would provide space for them and he’s a guy that can make threes,” said Vaughn. “We tried to establish Tobias early and I think Tobias did a good job of taking great shots and being aggressive.”

The Magic used a season-best 38 points in the third quarter to pull away from the Lakers, who couldn’t find any answers on the defensive side of the ball.

“It wasn’t just the third quarter, it was not getting stops,” said Lakers point guard Kendall Marshall. “It’s not just one thing so you can’t just hone in on one thing defensively that we’re doing wrong; it’s across the board.”

Orlando also wanted to exploit the Lakers’ rebounding issues during the game, which they did by out rebounding Los Angeles 51-40.

“I just think overall we talked about helping each other rebound the basketball,” said Vaughn. “We came into the game at a little bit of a deficit of Glen guarding Gasol so guys rallied around Glen and tried to help us rebound.”

Prior to the Magic’s third quarter, the team was battling turnover issues, which kept the Lakers in the game. Orlando had five turnovers alone in the first quarter, which translated to 11 of the Lakers’ first 32 points.

Vaughn credited the team’s second unit for pushing the game’s tempo for getting the Magic going.

“I think there was a little bit of a contagious feeling,” said Vaughn. “It got that first group really playing together.”

The Magic begin a three-game road trip on Sunday in New Orleans. They return to Orlando to face the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.