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Despite no AD, Lakers eyeing 10th straight win

According to STATS
According to STATS

Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Lakers

  1. The Lakers won in Orlando on December 11, 96-87, in a game they led 26-9 after the first quarter. Los Angeles will look to sweep its two-game season series with the Magic for the first time since 2006-07.
  2. Los Angeles has won nine straight games, one shy of a season-long 10-game win streak in November. The Lakers have four win streaks of seven or more games this season; no other NBA team has more than one.
  3. The Magic rank last in the NBA in points per game (103.8), and first in points allowed per game (103.5). The only teams in the last 20 years to both score and allow the fewest points per game in the league are the 2001-02 Heat and 2013-14 Bulls.
  4. Over his last 11 games, Nikola Vucevic is averaging 21.0 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.4 three-pointers made (26/62, 41.9 percent). He's the first player in Magic history to average at least 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 three-pointers over any 11-game span.
  5. With eight assists in Monday's 128-99 win over Cleveland, LeBron James passed Isiah Thomas to move into eighth on the all-time list, with 9,067. James is the only player currently ranking in the top 10 all-time in both points scored (33,513, fourth) and assists.
  6. Dwight Howard had season highs of 21 points and 15 rebounds on Monday. He is Orlando's all-time career leader in points (11,435), rebounds (8,072) and blocked shots (1344).
(AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Despite missing six-time All-Star Anthony Davis for the previous three games, the Los Angeles Lakers remain one of the NBA's hottest teams. The Western Conference leaders will attempt to extend their nine-game winning streak when they host the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.

Davis, who isn't expected to play against the Magic, has been out with a bruised tailbone since crashing to the court during the team's Jan. 7 win over the New York Knicks. However, the Lakers haven't missed a beat without him, crushing the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-99 on Monday. The win followed an unbeaten two-game road trip with back-to-back wins over the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder over the weekend, each by 15 points.

Los Angeles' nine-game run is one short of tying its season-high of 10 straight victories and it's the fourth time this season the Lakers have won at least seven in a row.

LeBron James, who sat out the Oklahoma City contest with a chest cold before returning against Cleveland, praised his teammates for stepping up. He was particularly impressed with how they performed against the Thunder without him, Davis and Danny Green.

"They took full advantage of the opportunity, went into a building that is very hard to play, a team that is playing some exceptional basketball, especially at home in OKC, and they went out and pretty much controlled the whole game," James told reporters after scoring 31 points on 12-of-16 shooting with eight assists after the rout of the Cavaliers. "It's great to know that those guys stay ready. That's just our team. No matter what, they stay ready and they're always ready when their name is called, their number is called."

A group defensive effort allowed the Lakers to wipe out a one-point halftime deficit and blow past the Cavaliers 81-51 in the second half.

"Defensively, we got stops and we had great pace," James said. "Even when they scored, we just got the ball out. Having to continue to play with great pace allows us to get into our offense and not go against the shot clock. So, we're playing with a lot of balance, and we were able to connect on some field goals."

Forward Kyle Kuzma, the subject of trade rumors, is averaging 24.3 points over the last three games, including a season-high 36 against the Thunder. Dwight Howard, who finished with 21 points (including his third 3-pointer of the season) and 15 rebounds in 25 minutes against the Cavaliers, averaged 14.3 points and 11.7 rebounds off the bench in those same three games.

Aaron Gordon's three-point play with 1.1 seconds remaining lifted the Magic to a 114-112 decision over the host Sacramento Kings on Monday. Nikola Vucevic scored 26 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked three shots for the Magic, who have won three of their last four.

"It wasn't obviously a perfect game," said Vucevic, according to the Orlando Sentinel. "There were a lot of things we could've done better but at the end of the day a win is a win and you'll take it."

Evan Fournier had 25 points, while Gordon added 19 points and nine rebounds. Markelle Fultz chipped in 16 points.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 15, 2020

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