Magic make Lakers offense disappear down the stretch

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"It just took time, but we stuck with it and put ourselves in position to win", Ross said. "That one comes and goes".

"You've got to be willing to do the things that don't come naturally to you", Orlando coach Steve Clifford told reporters after the loss in Denver.

Nikola Vucevic had 31 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists and Terrence Ross made a go-ahead lay-up with 34 seconds left to help the Orlando Magic beat the Los Angeles Lakers 108-104 on Sunday. James tallied a team-high 24 points and seven assists in the game.

Lonzo Ball had his best game of the season against the Cavaliers.

Ball, a second-year point guard, played a key role in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 90-83 victory at Staples Center. National Basketball Association news: JR Smith reckons Cleveland are DELIBERATELY losing LeBron James back at Cleveland: What happened in ill-fated game? Lance Stephenson had 13 of the Lakers' 21 points off the bench, but Los Angeles was outscored there by 21 points.

Neither team did much to distinguish itself early on the first game back from Thanksgiving. One interesting stat line belonged to Brandon Ingram, who scored a team-high 24 points but also led the team with 6 turnovers and a slew of missed free throws. The Lakers held Utah under 30 percent shooting for most of the first half, but then blew an 11-point lead in the final 3 ½ minutes while committing 13 turnovers in the first half.

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That change in fortunes has been powered by LeBron James, who has mined a rich vein of form (averaging 29.2 points per game in November) to carry the Lakers up the standings.

Even though it was just one game, this was an encouraging sign for Ingram moving forward this season. Isaac had six points and five rebounds against the Lakers in his third game back after missing six games because of an ankle injury.

"Every single game is kind of different so I'm just going off of learning experiences, trying to see what each game has to offer where I can attack and each spot".

Lakers coach Luke Walton said the team will absolutely live with that type of shot at the end of a game.

He is hampered by an injured ankle, but whether that is the real problem or not, he is really struggling on both ends of the court and especially on defense, which is supposed to be his strong suit. But as this week showed, they have a long way to go before they will become a good team.

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