Magic sweep the Lakers? This would’ve been a great sentence if we were in 2009 and this was the NBA Finals. Orlando was in position to sweep the season series over Los Angeles when they headed into Staples Center Sunday afternoon. The last time these two teams met, the Magic were able to run the Lakers out of the gymnasium.

Orlando (10-10) had a very similar situation against Los Angeles except the Lakers nearly fought all the way back. Despite a valiant comeback effort by the Lakers, the Magic got a great effort in from center Nikola Vucevic, who scored a game-high 31 points and led Orlando to a 108-104 victory over Los Angeles. The Magic now even their record to 10-10 on the season and continue the west Coast road trip tonight when they face the Golden State Warriors. Tip-off is slated for 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

”We’re trying to build something, and wins like these can really help you build some momentum,” Vucevic said about the victory.

With the Magic sweep of the Lakers, the confidence is building for an Orlando group that started off the season very slowly. Vucevuc has been at the head of the movement, especially when playing the Lakers. Vucevic is averaging 33.5 points, 14 rebounds and 3.5 assists against the Lakers this year.

”He’s got our number this year,” Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James said.

Vucevic wasn’t alone in making sure Orlando swept the season series against the Lakers, as Aaron Gordon and Terrance Ross chipped in 17 and 16 points respectively. James was limited to 24 points and seven assists on the night. Kyle Kuzma scored 21 points in the loss.

Cold shooting for Orlando shooting guard Evan Fournier continued, with him going 2-of-10 from the field for six points.

About The Author

Andy Villamarzo has covered high school and youth sports for the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune as a correspondent since 2008. He is a native of Holiday, FL, who graduated from Gulf High School and studied at St. Petersburg College. He has covered various prep, collegiate and professional athletes throughout his writing career, including Josh Johnson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Patrick Schuster (Arizona Diamondbacks) and currently writes for other publications like The Suncoast News, Friday Night Football Magazine and TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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