Faltering Los Angeles Lakers Lose Second Straight Game, fall to Orlando Magic

Paul F. VillarrealCorrespondent IJanuary 17, 2009

Though Kobe Bryant finished with a triple double, his poor shooting in the fourth quarter—three for 12 on field goal attempts during the final period—helped ensure that the Lakers would drop their second straight contest, 109-103. The victory by the visiting Orlando Magic gives them the season sweep over Los Angeles.

The Lakers' loss to the Magic comes on the heels of the team's Wednesday night defeat at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs, 112-111.

With the victory, Orlando (32-8) moves ahead of the Lakers (31-8) for the second best record in the NBA. The Cleveland Cavaliers lead the pack with a mark of 31-7. Boston sits a loss behind both Orlando and Los Angeles at 32-9.

Bryant finished with 28 points on 10-of-26 shooting. He added 13 rebounds and 11 assists for the purple and gold.

Dwight Howard had 25 points and 20 rebounds for Orlando. Jameer Nelson was excellent for the Magic in the fourth quarter, and he finished with 28 points, six rebounds and eight assists.

The schedule doesn't get any easier for last year's Western Conference Champions. This Monday, LeBron James and the league-leading Cavs visit Staples Center.