Lakers buried under a barrage of 3-pointers in Orlando

first_img“If we think for a second that we have an advantage and Gordon’s out and we didn’t play a back-to-back,” Walton said, “then we’re not going to be sharp and we’re not going to win tonight.” Brook Lopez appears to reach breaking point as he plays just 9 minutes in Lakers’ loss to Magic Walton, despite his warning earlier in the night, was still caught off guard.“It’s the NBA,” Walton said, “everyone has games like this. But I didn’t see that happening with our group today, I thought we came out ready to play, really get after it.”Jordan Clarkson and Randle each scored 20 points to lead the Lakers (19-31), but there was little good news in what will be remembered as one of their worst losses of the season.Walton waited just 93 seconds into the third period before pulling his starters, switching out all five of them in a desperate move to send a message and infuse some life into his team, but no substitution provided a combination of players who could slow Orlando’s onslaught.“The message was if you’re not ready to play or you don’t want to play, you’re not going to play,” Walton said. “So we went to the second unit and then eventually kind of got guys back into the game, just a teaching moment of when we come out we have to be ready to play basketball.”Asked what the team takes from the times Walton pulls all five starters at once, Randle said, “As a unit we’ve got to do a better job.”The Magic pulled ahead 76-59 after a pair of 3-pointers by Evan Fournier, who accounted for four of Orlando’s 3-pointers in the third quarter, while Speights scored nine of his game-high 21 points in the period.“It’s embarrassing a little bit,” forward Brandon Ingram said, “just because it’s so wide open. They have so much confidence. They’re out there having fun, clapping around. Some of us have our heads down. At that point we’ve just got to compete better.”Despite the loss, the Lakers concluded their strongest month of the season, going 8-6 in January. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHe nailed it.The Magic buried Walton’s team under a barrage of 3-pointers to hand the Lakers their second straight loss, 127-105.Defensively, the Lakers were a mess.Orlando (15-35) made 18 of 32 3-point attempts, a staggering 56.3 percent, and shot 54.3 percent from the field overall. The Magic’s nine 3-pointers in the third period were a franchise record for any quarter. Those came on just 13 attempts, with one of the misses a 37-foot heave by Marreese Speights at the end of the quarter.“It was just garbage,” Lakers forward Julius Randle said of their defense. “Our effort and our focus wasn’t there. That was it.”center_img ORLANDO, Fla. — While the Lakers dined on room service Tuesday night in Orlando, the Magic were battling the Houston Rockets down to the wire.The Lakers had won eight of their past 11 games. The Magic? They had lost 20 of 23 and were without starting power forward Aaron Gordon, their best player, due to a hip injury.All of that seemed to foreshadow a big night for the Lakers. Before the game, however, Coach Luke Walton warned the opposite.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Anthony Davis leads Lakers past short-handed 76ers

first_imgThen Mike Scott was called for an offensive foul for crashing into Davis below the basket and Davis hit his fourth 3-pointer. James stole Tobias Harris’ errant pass and raced in for a Staples Center-shaking slam that made it 113-99 with 2:54 remaining.James made 9 of 16 shots – including draining a jaw-dropping 36-footer from inside the Lakers’ midcourt logo with 19 seconds on the shot clock to make it 70-54 in the third quarter – and finished with 22 points, 14 assists, seven rebounds and a large helping of praise for his superstar running mate.“He’s everything I expected and more,” James said of Davis, who joined the Lakers as part of a long-anticipated blockbuster trade last summer. “That’s why I wanted him here. When you get a generational talent like that, when you get an opportunity to get him, you just try to do whatever you can to try to get him.“I gave my opinion on what I thought he could bring to this franchise; I gave my thoughts about the player, and not only the player, the person. Hopefully, they took my advice to heart and obviously, ultimately, they made the decision to do what we did in the offseason. It’s no surprise. I already knew how incredible the guy is.”Off the Lakers’ bench, Dwight Howard chipped in with 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 10 points.Robinson equaled his career-high with 25 points to lead six players in double figures for the 76ers, who have lost nine consecutive road games since Jan. 20. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers “Just a complete performance… and a big key to the win.”Frank Vogel on @AntDavis23’s monster night. pic.twitter.com/Sbwya0Za7z— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) March 4, 2020 PreviousLos Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, left, jokes around with Logan Refold, 6, without touching his hands prior to an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. The NBA advised their players to avoid physical contact with fans on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers forward Al Horford, left, and forward Mike Scott defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, center, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers forward Al Horford, left, and guard Raul Neto defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsPhiladelphia 76ers forward Glenn Robinson III, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers forward Al Horford defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Philadelphia 76ers guard Alec Burks, center, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, left, and forward LeBron James defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Philadelphia 76ers guard Shake Milton, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Head coach Brett Brown of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts to a play against Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers forward Al Horford defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis celebrates after scoring during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a play against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a play against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Quinn Cook #28, JaVale McGee #7 and the Los Angeles Lakers bench react to a play against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, left, blocks the shot of Philadelphia 76ers forward Glenn Robinson III during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against Alec Burks #20 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Glenn Robinson III #40 of the Philadelphia 76ers goes to the basket against Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Furkan Korkmaz #30 of the Philadelphia 76ers passes the ball against Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Glenn Robinson III #40 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives against Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: LeBron James #23 and JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers react to a play against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Al Horford #42 of the Philadelphia 76ers goes to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, center, and guard Rajon Rondo defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, left, and Philadelphia 76ers guard Shake Milton go after a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates after dunking during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, right, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers forward Al Horford defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Philadelphia 76ers guard Shake Milton, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Philadelphia 76ers forward Al Horford, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts to a play against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Alec Burks #20 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives to the basket against Avery Bradley #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: JaVale McGee #7 and Quinn Cook #28 of the Los Angeles Lakers react to a play against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball against Shake Milton #18 and Al Horford #42 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes to the basket against Al Horford #42 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots the ball against Kyle Kuzma #0 and Markieff Morris #88 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against Mike Scott #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a play against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Avery Bradley #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers protects the ball against Glenn Robinson III #40 and Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Quinn Cook #28 of the Los Angeles Lakers loses control of the ball against Raul Neto #19 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a play against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Avery Bradley #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes to the basket against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Head coach Frank Vogel of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Al Horford #42 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts to a play against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Danny Green #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots a three point basket against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes to the basket against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Alec Burks #20 of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots the ball against Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Galaxy striker Chicharito poses for the camera as he watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, left, jokes around with Logan Refold, 6, without touching his hands prior to an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. The NBA advised their players to avoid physical contact with fans on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers forward Al Horford, left, and forward Mike Scott defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 53Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers forward Al Horford, left, and forward Mike Scott defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The undermanned but spirited Philadelphia 76ers gave it their best shot, but so did the Lakers’ Anthony Davis, who helped the hosts establish order in their 120-107 victory Tuesday night.L.A. improved to 47-13 overall, 26-6 at home and won for the ninth time in 10 games.Tuesday’s matchup against the depleted Sixers was the first of a formidable six-game stretch at Staples Center for the Lakers, whose stay in L.A. will continue with the Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks on Friday and the surging, second-place Clippers (in a “road game”) on Sunday.Philadelphia, which fell to 9-23 on the road, was playing without All-Stars Joel Embiid (shoulder) and Ben Simmons (back), as well as guard Josh Richardson (who suffered a concussion against the Clippers on Sunday). “The defense. The crowd. My teammates,” Davis said. “We started off really slow, missing some easy shots wide open and just trying to figure out how I can get myself going and it started with the defensive end, coming out, being hungry defensively and making the right plays. That leads to our offense and once one guy got it going, it’s kind of contagious and we all just got it going.”Davis – who finished with four steals, two blocked shots and a key late-game drawn charge – showed off his diverse, deadly offensive arsenal on Tuesday.The 6-foot-10 forward converted putbacks, spotted up for 3-pointers, lost defenders with crossovers and behind-the-back dribbles and finished with a game-high 37 points on 13-of-19 shooting, including going 4 for 5 from deep.“Typical A.D. show,” Lakers guard Rajon Rondo said. “He makes it look so effortless. He can very easily get the ball in the paint and score on anyone he plays against. And when he’s hitting the 3 like he was tonight, the closeouts come easier and he’s able to get to the rim. He made some nice point guard moves tonight. He’s fun to watch and fun to play with.”When Rondo hit a spinning Davis for an alley-oop dunk it tied the score at 50-50 with 4:05 left before halftime. LeBron James’ 19-foot jumper gave L.A. its first lead, 54-42.Four short minutes later, the 76ers retreated to their locker room trailing 65-54.“We got down in a game we know we had to win, that we should win, with the amount of guys that they had out,” said Vogel, crediting Avery Bradley’s defensive tenacity as a spark during the stretch as well as Davis’ contributions. “That was a great stretch for our team, for our season. To see us be able to take over a game like that is always a positive sign.”The Lakers kept their foot on the gas coming out of the break, building a 21-point lead less than two minutes into the third quarter and appearing primed to eliminate any suspense going forward.But the 76ers – indeed up for “the exciting challenge,” as Coach Brett Brown characterized their task before the game – crept back to within 108-99 with 6:03 to play in the fourth quarter.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAnd yet, as if to prove their coach’s theory – “Next-man-up teams are oftentimes more dangerous than full-strength teams,” Frank Vogel said pregame – the Lakers fell behind 20-14 early.L.A. trailed 35-28 at the end of the first quarter when Markieff Morris’ downcourt pass was intercepted by Furkan Korkmaz, who delivered a pass to Raul Neto, who cashed it in from 3-point range.Philadelphia (37-25) stretched its lead to as many as 13 points (44-31) on Glenn Robinson III’s 3-pointer with 8:49 left in the second quarter. Robinson, who had scored 10 points total in his past three games had 11 in the first 10 minutes Tuesday.But then Davis, who scored eight points in the first quarter, went on a tear in the second, when the Lakers played some of their prettiest basketball of the season. He made all seven of his shots for 18 points, turning it on and tabling any hopes Philadelphia harbored of stealing a game in their two-game stay at Staples Center, where they’d lost to the Clippers on Sunday.The difference in the second frame? Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Logo LeBron. 👑 pic.twitter.com/sjE2glovdu— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) March 4, 2020center_img The Lakers are out here doing it all 🤧 pic.twitter.com/Yc9rYqE1Gv— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) March 4, 2020 Now thats a way to end a half! #LakeShow pic.twitter.com/R90LIYPtsr— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) March 4, 2020 Avery Bradley bullying Al Horford 🔥 Lake Show going crazy pic.twitter.com/kVc1tfgHPB— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) March 4, 2020 How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs .@AntDavis23 was in his bag today!@LakersReporter talks with him postgame about being more comfortable with the three and some of tonight’s highlight plays. pic.twitter.com/h0FdwniahJ— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) March 4, 2020 Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions last_img read more

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Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble?

first_img“Clinching the one seed, is there an advantage here?” LeBron James said Saturday, when asked about the priorities for the remaining six seeding games. “There’s not much of a home court advantage here. But we worked hard to be the No. 1 team in the West … we got this far, so we might as well try to figure it out and close it off the right way.”The Lakers themselves have recorded longtime PA man Lawrence Tanter for their intros and a handful of other calls, and the NBA has instructed in-house PAs to vocalize differently for home and road teams.In the first two games the Lakers played, The Arena host was Olivier Sendra, a Brooklyn Nets announcer who covered both of James’ stints in Cleveland. The Lakers also brought a handful of well-known fans on their digital attendance rolls: On Thursday, the virtual crowd included Gary Zelman, known more popularly as “the Sign Guy.” Other teams have had mascots sitting in digital seats.But an empty house is an empty house. The Lakers have said that the circumstances haven’t affected them: Neither the black background to the stanchion when they shoot, nor the lack of crowd noise. While players have said they prefer playing to crowds, they also have talked about “locking in” during the game action itself, trying to concentrate on what’s going on inside the lines.“It makes no difference to me,” Anthony Davis said. “Before the hiatus, I would still, even in Staples, or on the road in someone else’s arena, I would always just focus on the floor. I don’t hear anything outside of that. So this is kind of what I play through all the time. There’s nothing new for me personally.”That hasn’t stopped a little bit of fun: Quinn Cook and JaVale McGee are among those who pantomime playing to the crowd when the Lakers run in for their lay-up line, putting their hands to their ears and gesturing for the imaginary audience to get loud.Backup ball-handler still a holeFrom “quarterback” to “floor general,” every playmaking cliche in the book has been used to describe Rajon Rondo’s influence on the court. But the best picture of what Rondo brings might be how the Lakers are still searching for someone to fill his role as a backup ball-handler to LeBron James.During a critical fourth-quarter stretch as the Raptors went on a 21-5 run, the Lakers turned to Alex Caruso. The 26-year-old had a strong game on the whole, finishing with 11 points, three steals and a plus-two rating, but threw three turnovers during a three-minute span. It included a Hail Mary pass to Anthony Davis, an errant pass to a defender, and losing the ball as he drove in against Fred Van Vleet. As a team the Lakers had the same number of turnovers (17) as assists.Vogel said one of his biggest goals of the remaining six seeding games is to get Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Caruso adjusted to bigger roles in the rotation. While Dion Waiters provides a needed scoring punch in the backcourt, one of Caruso’s main roles in the second unit is now to be on ball with Rondo out probably through at least the first round of playoffs. Caruso has played point in college and the G League, but his late struggles illustrated where the Lakers still could be vulnerable — although Vogel didn’t hang the turnovers all on him.“He’s done a good job improving with that throughout most of the year, but like we’ve been talking about he’s looking at potentially a bigger role and he’s going to be in those situations,”  Our whole group was a little out of rhythm during that stretch, he had a couple of those turnovers but he’s doing a great job for us on both ends of the floor and he’ll be fine with that.” LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Nick Nurse is one of the leading contenders for NBA coach of the year, respected by his peers for his deep knowledge of a variety of unconventional schemes and a game willingness to use them.But an hour before he was to take on the No. 1 Western team, Nurse still wasn’t clear on one elementary detail: “Who’s home tonight, anyway? Us?”It’s the kind of thing that’s only ever unclear in the NBA bubble, where “home” and “away” have little meaning to games played in one of three venues all at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney World.Toronto Raptors’ head coach Nick Nurse, right, speaks with Fred VanVleet during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool) AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers and Raptors, two teams with vivacious home crowds and a combined 48-17 records at home, are among those still trying to figure out what value being a “home team” has.In Saturday’s game between the Lakers and Raptors, 17-foot digital screens displayed Raptors logos and played game-op designed videos. Team introductions were recorded by Raptors’ public address announcers, wrapping up with an iconic trill: “KYLE L-L-L-L-LOWRY.”Virtual fans sat in a few hundred seats, and artificial crowd noise oohed and aahed with Raptors highlights instead of Lakers ones.But beyond what is on the digital screens, the actual screens themselves are the same in every venue. No matter how many digital fans are watching, the real audience is typically two hundred-odd people whose reactions are muted at best. The courts are the same, too, and even though some of them are digitally altered on team broadcasts to add logos, the general design for every aspect is minimalist.As much as the NBA will try to make home court matter, it simply isn’t the same — something that’s on the mind of the Lakers as they close in on “home court advantage” throughout the Western Conference playoffs.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational: Jon Rahm in control with 3-stroke lead after Round 1

first_img Rory McIlroy tells Shane Lowry: British Open win ‘is a life-changer’ The eighth birdie of the day.@JonRahmpga made 142’6″ of putts on Thursday at the @WGCFedEx.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/76oGbxjQcc— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 25, 2019He tied the low round of his PGA Tour career.But, he has a star-studded field behind him. Related News There’s a five-way tie for second place (5 under) highlighted by Bubba Watson and Hideki Matsuyama. Behind them is a sizable group of Ian Poulter, Thorbjørn Olesen and Tyrrell Hatton, among others, tied for seventh (4 under).Watson’s round featured a birdie on his final hole after two bogeys on the par-4 10th and 13th holes.This shot led to a closing birdie for @bubbawatson.He’s three off the lead.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/GHFbtUirak— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 25, 2019Justin Rose, Bryson DeChambeau and Billy Horschel are in a five-way tie for 13th (3 under) and in good position to move up the standings Friday.Jordan Spieth nearly joined the top of the leaderboard after five birdies and just one bogey through 11 holes. Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy to take part in skins event in Japan, report says Jon Rahm used a mistake-free round Thursday at the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational to climb atop the leaderboard.Rahm, who is fresh off a near top-10 performance at the British Open, shot an 8-under 62 with five of his eight birdies on his back nine. But what was more impressive was his putting. Rahm missed just one putt inside 25 feet during the first round at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. He was a perfect five for five from 15-20 feet. Tommy Fleetwood downbeat after British Open bid falls flat: ‘I just hope my time will come eventually’ He was doing so well he was one stroke off the lead.Another one.@JordanSpieth rolling them in from everywhere.He’s one off the lead.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/eEVquQDBkf— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 25, 2019But then disaster struck and he carded two triple bogeys. Spieth was able to recover with two more closing birdies and sits in a tie for 36th place (even par) with the likes of Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Tony Finau and Kevin Na.last_img read more

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Derwin James injury update: Chargers’ star safety (broken foot) to miss 3-4 months, report says

first_imgThe Chargers will open the season without one of their best defensive players and may not get him back at all in 2019.All-Pro safety Derwin James is set to miss at least three months after undergoing surgery on his broken right foot, NFL Media reported Saturday. The team said James broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.Chargers beat writers noted earlier Friday that James was wearing a walking boot. Related News Eagles lose second QB in two weeks to injury — who is left? Philip Rivers: Tom Brady, other elite QBs can’t be judged solely by Super Bowl winscenter_img The former Florida State standout was the 17th overall pick in last year’s draft and started all 16 games as a rookie, making the Pro Bowl and earning first-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press and Pro Football Writers of America. The Chargers already are playing without running back Melvin Gordon, who is holding out of camp in a contract dispute. Chargers safety Derwin James has a walking boot on his right leg and is not practicing today. Not good.— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) August 16, 2019Losing the 23-year-old for an extended period would be a significant blow to the Los Angeles defense, though if his recovery goes well he could rejoin the team for the playoffs.last_img read more

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“Sarajevo fight 2″ at the Sarajevo ”Youth Center”

first_imgK1 tournament “Sarajevo fight 2″ will be held on the 20th December in Sarajevo, and the president of the kick box club ” Scorpion” and the organizer of the tournament Haris Sipović said that everything is ready for this particular event.The ” Sarajevo Fight 2” needs to be ahead of the previous tournament in all segments. The fighters are here, the media campaign is in process, and the organizers can’t wait for the fights to begin”- said SipovićEight fighters from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey will compete on the tournament.The participants of the tournament are: Bahrudin Mahmić (B&H), Mesud Selimović (B&H), Josip Semren (B&H), Almedin Hasanagić (Germany), Sašo Klinc (Slovenia), Vladimir Lekić (Serbia), Omer Tekin (Turkey) and Luka Žeželić (Croatia).There will be 1.200 tickets released for sale, for the prise of 10 BAM,The tournament will be held at the Sarajevo ”Youth Center” Skenderija at 20:00 p.m.last_img read more

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Norwegians support the preparations of a young Bosnian skier

first_imgOne of the most successful young Bosnian skiers in the category of alpine skiing, Šejla Merdanović, has received huge support from the Embassy of Norway for her training and preparations.The Norwegians secured 30.000 BAM for this project.  The funding is planned to cover the costs of her ski training in Norway.   From February 2013, the fifteen-year old Šejla Merdanović will be staying in Norway in three periods. During her stay in Norway she will be lodging at some of the best ski camps.Šejla Merdanović is the absolute winner of the B&H Cup in her category for the last seven years. She is also a member of the children’s A team representation of B&H in alpine skiing.last_img

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Is Sušić going to be the next Trainer of Turkish Galatasaray?

first_imgGalatasaray Sports Club (GS) is a Turkish sports club based in Istanbul’s European side, most notable for its association football section. Namely, GS is holding the highest number of Turkish League cups, as well as Turkish Cups. Galatasaray won the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup in 2000.Nowadays Galatasaray holds the second position on the Turkish Super Lig List, but the discomfort and dissatisfaction of fans and board is evident. Namely, the dissatisfaction triumphed when the Galatasaray lost to Borussia Dortmund by four goals on October 22nd at the Ali Sami Yen Sports Complex TT Arena.In addition, it is important to note that lately GS scored only one point and that the situation is eager to change. From the source close to the Sarajevo Times, it was announced that the board of GS is interested for Safet Susić. Accordingly, it is important to note that before his current position as manager of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sušić worked for a number of club sides in Turkey such asİstanbulspor, Konyaspor, Ankaragücü, Çaykur Rizespor, and Ankaraspor, but did not succeed in talks with the GS at that time. However, the situation nowadays is different. The interest from both sides can be seen.All in all, the genuine guidepost on a Sušić’s decision will be the match between Galatasaray and Borussia Dortmund which will be held on 4th November at 21:45 o’clock on Loc Signal Iduna Park. STlast_img read more

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic rejected FC Milan?

first_imgThe first star of PSG Zlatan Ibrahimovic stated that Milan desperately attempted to bring him back, but that the decided to end the season in Paris.The coach of Milan Sinisa Mihajlovic requested from the officials of the club to fulfill his wish and bring Ibrahimovic.“If one team wants me, they must negotiate with my manager. Honestly, I am happy when big clubs show interest in me, but they must talk to the manager”, Ibrahimovic said.When asked what he thinks of potential return to Milan, since his contract with PSG expires next summer, the Swedish football player answered:“I don’t know yet, I am happy in PSG and this summer I made a decision to stay. I know that FC Milan is disappointed”, said Ibrahimovic to the Swedish journalists at the gathering of the national team.(Source: novovrijeme.ba)last_img read more

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