Harris' big game lifts Magic over Lakers

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 24, 2014 at 9:54 pm •  Published: January 24, 2014
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn has been waiting for his team to put together a full game. The Magic did just that against a tired Lakers squad.

Tobias Harris led the way with 28 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in Orlando's 114-105 victory over Los Angeles on Friday night. He had a lot of help. Arron Afflalo had 23 points and six assists. Jameer Nelson had 22 points and six assists. Rookie Victor Oladipo had 15 points, 12 rebounds and five assists as the Magic outscored the Lakers 59-40 in the final 21 minutes of the game.

"We haven't been great in the third quarter the last few games, but this time, we took a punch and didn't wilt," Vaughn said. "Our first unit responded and the guys who came in off the bench held up their end of the bargain. That was good to see."

Harris performance was worth seeing. The third-year pro is starting to show he can contribute something more than offense to a team that needs a little more of everything from him to be competitive. Harris had 19 defensive rebounds as the Magic limited the Lakers to just two second-chance points in the game.

"It's good to go out there and just collect misses and push it up the court," Harris said. "Just being in the right spots, making the right rotations and helping my teammates is the biggest thing for our team."

The Lakers looked good for the half of the game, but their energy level dissipated after taking a 65-55 lead with 9:27 left in the third period. They were outscored 36-15 the rest of that quarter and never made a serious run in the final period. This was their sixth road game in 10 days and the travel showed.

"The guys wanted to do it, but they didn't have the legs," Los Angeles Coach Mike D'Antonio said. "We ran out of gas and when you're tired, you're not real smart. That's what happened tonight. We didn't play with a lot of poise."

Pau Gasol led Los Angeles with 21 points and 10 rebounds. The Lakers got 19 points and 14 assists from Kendall Marshall, 17 points from Jodie Meeks and 16 from Nick Young.

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