Schroder and Davis lead Lakers’ late rally ahead of Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Dennis Schroder scored 13 of 21 points in the fourth quarter, Anthony Davis added 18 points and eight rebounds and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat the Orlando Magic 114-103 on Monday night.
Trailing 80-79 after a slow third quarter, the Lakers’ offense woke up late to end their three-game losing streak. LA dominated Orlando 35-23 in the fourth period, rising to 19-12 on the road and 9-20 when he trailed after three quarters.
Schroder also had 10 assists as he takes on a bigger role for LA in the absence of injured LeBron James.
“He’s really growing up with his solo mentality and his team leadership,” said coach Frank Vogel of Schroder, who made 6 of 7 shots in the fourth quarter and scored or assisted on 16 of the last 18. LA points. “That’s why we think (the emergence of Schroder) is going to be a silver lining. It accelerated. After releasing ‘Bron there are a lot of silver liners and this one is one of them, seeing him grow up.
Montrezl Harrell scored 18 points off the bench for the Lakers, who shot 54% from the ground and touched 11 3 points. Andre Drummond scored 13 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles.
Davis, who was playing his third game after missing 30 games with right calf strain, made eight of 15 shots in 31 minutes. Vogel said ahead of the game that Davis was no longer subject to the minute restriction. Davis, meanwhile, was frustrated with his sloppy play.
“I’ll probably never have five turnovers in a game ever again, but the team kind of covered those mistakes for me with some big plays,” said Davis.
Chuma Okeke scored 18 points and converted a thunderous dunk on Drummond in the first quarter. Gary Harris scored 17 for the Magic, who have lost six straight and 25 of 30. With Detroit’s victory over Atlanta, Orlando has the worst record in the East.
Assistant Tyrone Corbin was the Magic’s interim head coach for a second straight game. Coach Steve Clifford tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, although he said he had no symptoms.
Orlando had just suffered a resounding loss to the Pacers on Sunday.
“I loved our fight,” Corbin said. “After the game (Sunday), to come back and play against a team as talented as they are … we showed a lot of determination and we fought after the hard one we had.”
The Lakers have fond memories of the Orlando area recently, winning last season’s championship in the league’s pandemic bubble.
“You are driving these streets of Disney towards the hotel where we stayed and it was a feeling of reflection on what we have been able to accomplish here,” said coach Frank Vogel.
Lakers: James, who hasn’t played since March 20 with a sprained right ankle, posted a video on Instagram of him jogging lightly in Dallas last week. At the end of his many trips up and down the floor, James converted a layup. Vogel said James was “indefinitely absent”. … Drummond was called for a jump ball violation and a turnaround on the first shot. While expressing his displeasure with referee Marc Davis, Drummond dunked Carter.
Magic: Rookie goalie Devin Cannady underwent surgery early Monday to repair an ankle he seriously injured in the first quarter on Sunday. Cannady, who recently signed a second 10-day contract, suffered an ankle dislocation and an open wound, but Monday’s surgery revealed no bone fractures or torn cartilage in his ankle. “He should make a full recovery and this is exciting news for him,” Corbin said. … In an announcement on the Amway Center video board, injured babysitter Markelle Fultz said he had recently been vaccinated against COVID-19 and urged others to get vaccinated.
Lakers: In Washington Wednesday night.
Magic: in Cleveland Wednesday night.
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