Steve Nash or not, the Los Angeles Lakers should handle the Orlando Magic on their home floor, but they didn't Sunday night—losing 113-103 instead.
Kobe Bryant had 34 points, seven rebounds and five assists, but he didn't shoot efficiently, and he didn't get much help. Even Dwight Howard's 21-point, 15-rebound performance was ruined by his 9-of-21 performance at the free-throw stripe.
Orlando was paced by four starters in double digits. Arron Afflalo's 30 points led the way, but Glen Davis and Nikola Vucevic's double-doubles were important in the paint as well.
This game was close through three quarters, but the Magic outscored Los Angeles 40-26 in the fourth frame. That's inexcusable for any team that wants to find its way back toward contention.
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Player of the Game: Glen Davis
Afflalo played very well, too, but his five turnovers make the difference for me. Davis' steady inside presence gave Orlando someone to go to down low, and that's important when you consider the Lakers' size in the frontcourt.
Davis had 23 points and 12 rebounds. Also, unlike Howard, he made seven of eight free throws. He's not the most skilled player in the world, but Davis surprises you every now and then with performances like this.
What's Next for the Orlando Magic?
The 6-10 Magic will travel to face the Golden State Warriors on Monday.
What's Next for the Los Angeles Lakers?
The 8-9 Lakers will go on the road to face the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.