NBA PREVIEWS FRIDAY
January 24, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
LOS ANGELES LAKERS (16-27) AT ORLANDO MAGIC (11-32), 7 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Lakers have dropped two in a row on this Grammy road trip, but the end is in sight and they'll meet the Orlando Magic Friday night at Amway Center.
LA dropped the first of this seven-game odyssey, then took two in a row, but since the back-to-back wins, the Lakers are 0-2. On Monday, they fell to the Chicago Bulls on a last-second, overtime layup, but things weren't that close on Thursday.
The two-time defending champion Miami Heat walked out with a 109-102 victory over the Lakers, sweeping the season series in back-to-back seasons for the first time in franchise history.
Although the Heat never trailed, the outcome was still up in the air until the final minute when Chris Bosh's 18-footer secured Miami's victory.
"We hit a couple big shots down the stretch, they just hit a couple bigger shots and they beat us," Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni said.
Pau Gasol and Jodie Meeks both netted 22 points for the Lakers, while Nick Young contributed 19 points on 20 shots in the loss.