Tobias Harris’ Career High 34 Points Helps Magic Beat the Lakers in Overtime
By Ken Hornack of FoxSports – With the help of a career-high 34 points from Tobias Harris, the Orlando Magic gave James Borrego a victory in his first game as their interim coach and snapped a 10-game losing streak.
Harris scored four of the Magic’s first six points in overtime Friday night as they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 103-97. It was their first victory since Jan. 14 against the Houston Rockets and came in their first game since the firing of head coach Jacque Vaughn on Thursday.
Nikola Vucevic added 25 points for the Magic, whose streak of 14 consecutive games of giving up more than 100 points came to an end. They held the Lakers to 13 points in the fourth quarter and six in overtime.Elfrid Payton put the Magic ahead to stay at 95-94 with only his second field goal of the game. Harris’ 17-footer and Victor Oladipo’s dunk off a steal padded their lead.
The Magic trailed 52-38 at halftime after committing 13 turnovers, which the Lakers converted into 20 points. But they turned the ball over just six more times the rest of the way.
The Magic went into the game tied with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the fewest victories at home this season (5) and had only a 4-30 record in games where they trailed going into the fourth quarter.
Harris, who had 28 points and 20 rebounds against the Lakers in their last visit to Orlando, hit 14 of his 18 shots and also came up with a key block during overtime.
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