One day after firing head coach Jacque Vaughn, the Orlando Magic had to gather themselves for a game against the Los Angeles Lakers. A furious fourth quarter comeback, led by Tobias Harris, allowed the Magic to take home the 103-97.
Starting the game off, the Magic were sluggish, appearing shellshocked to be out there with a new head coach. However, a timeout midway through the quarter by coach James Borrego, the Magic appeared to have found their groove, grabbing the lead shortly thereafter. After turning the ball over six times, leading to eight Laker points, in the first half of the quarter, the Magic were able to take care of the ball, not turning it over again for the remainder of the quarter. The Magic had a lot of success in the paint, going 9-of-11, while outscoring the Lakers by 10 there in the quarter. Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris carried the scoring load for the Magic early, with each finishing with 11 in the opening 12 minutes. Jordan Clarkson led the way for the Lakers, scoring six in the quarter.
Into the second quarter, the Magic's struggles began to increase, with sloppy play on both ends allowing the Lakers to jump out to a lead that reached as many as 14. The Magic struggled with turnovers once again, coughing it up seven times, leading to 12 Laker points. They also struggled to keep the Lakers off the offensive glass, giving up eight offensive rebounds, leading to 11 second chance points in the half. Both teams moved the ball extrememly well, with the Lakers notching 14 assists on 22 field goals, and the Magic 12 assists on 17 field goals. Harris continued his strong play, pushing his total for the half up to 17, with Clarkson's 12 continuing to lead the Lakers.
Out of halftime, the Magic's struggles continued, especially on the defensive end, where they were unable to string together stops throughout the entire quarter. On the other end, however, they were strong, moving the ball and getting good looks on many trips down the court. Orlando was able to take care of the ball, turning it over just twice in the quarter, while moving it at a high rate, notching nine assists on 13 made field goals. After a sluggish 12 point second quarter, the Magic's 31 point third gave them some momentum and hope heading into the final 12 minutes down just nine. Harris' 26 led all scorers, with Ryan Kelly scoring 15 in the quarter to push his total to a team high 18 for the Lakers.
Early on in the fourth, the Magic played with a high energy level, storming into the lead seemingly right after the quarter began. The Lakers, of course, answered, grabbing the lead back midway through the quarter. The two sides went back and forth for much of the remainder of the game, with neither able to pull away by more than one. After a botched fastbreak attempt by the Magic, the Lakers knocked down a pair of free throws to give them a two point lead with just over two minutes to play. A shot by Wayne Ellington at the buzzer came up short, sending the game into a deciding five minute overtime period.
In the overtime period, the Magic drew first blood, before a three-pointer by Wesley Johnson gave the Lakers a brief one point lead. The Magic answered, getting two bucks to push the lead up to three before a Victor Oladipo steal and slam all but sealed the deal.
Three Magic players finished in double figures, led by Harris' career high 34. Vucevic notched his 31st double-double of the season, finishing with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Oladipo struggled for much of the night, but notched a double-double of his own, finishing with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Six Lakers finished in double figures, led by Kelly's season-high 20. Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer added 14 off the bench, with Jordan Clarkson finishing with 14 of his own. Ellington and Robert Sacre rounded out the Lakers in double figures, finishing the night with 10 apiece.