The Los Angeles Lakers look to possess a 10-game winning streak for the second time this season when they host the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. The Lakers won 10 straight contests in November and now are just as hot with their last four victories occurring by an average of 22.3 points.
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Los Angeles rattled off 81 second-half points in Monday's 128-99 rout of the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers as forward LeBron James scored 23 of his 31 points in the half. James also handed out eight assists to move into eighth place on the NBA's all-time assists list with 9,067, passing Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas (9,061). The Magic won five of their past seven games after posting a dramatic 114-112 win over the Sacramento Kings and now face the Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers on back-to-back nights during the middle of a six-game road trip. "First, we've got to focus on the Lakers and obviously we'll have to play a great game," center Nikola Vucevic told reporters after recording 26 points and 15 rebounds against the Kings. "We'll have to execute on both ends and be at our best to have a chance against a very good team."
TIME: 10:30 p.m. ET. TV: FS Florida, Spectrum SportsNet, Sportsnet One
ABOUT THE MAGIC (19-21): Power forward Aaron Gordon scored the decisive three-point play with 1.1 seconds left off a feed from shooting guard Evan Fournier to cap off a 19-point, nine-rebound performance versus the Kings. "I was going to rebound because Evan was shooting that thing, man," Gordon told reporters afterward. "I thought Evan was going to shoot it, but he made a great play. I was just ready. It was a good pass, I turned and just put it on the rim and it went in." Fourner scored 25 points and is averaging 26.5 points over the past two games.
ABOUT THE LAKERS (33-7): Star power forward Anthony Davis (tailbone) could sit out for the fourth straight game but Los Angeles can afford to be patient with the way reserve big man Dwight Howard is playing. The eight-time All-Star - six appearances came during his Orlando tenure - established season bests of 21 points (on 9-of-11 shooting) and 15 rebounds in the win over the Cavaliers. Howard has recorded back-to-back double-doubles and scored in double digits in four of the past five games while being a valuable contributor.
1. The Lakers posted a 96-87 road win over the Magic on Dec. 11 after losing six of the previous nine meetings.
2. Orlando PG Markelle Fultz is averaging 15.5 points over the past four contests.
3. Los Angeles F Kyle Kuzma scored just 11 points against Cleveland after averaging 31 over the previous two games.
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Los Angeles Lakers
- FluQues Tues | questionable
McGee has been absent from the lineup during the last two games with flu-like symptoms, and it is unclear if he will suit up for Tuesday's matchup versus the Clippers.
- Kneeout for season | out
Cousins suffered a torn ACL in his right knee and is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season.
- AnkleProb Sat | probable
Kuzma has a sore left ankle, but is expected to play against the 76ers on Saturday.
- FingerProb Sat | probable
Rondo is dealing with an injured finger on his right hand, but will likely be available to face the 76ers on Saturday.
- ButtocksQues Sat | questionable
Davis is nursing a gluteus maximus contusion, and it is unclear if he will be in the lineup against the 76ers on Saturday.
- AnkleProb Thurs | probable
Kuzma is expected to be available for Thursday's contest against the Nets despite left ankle soreness.
- FingerProb Thurs | probable
Rondo is recovering from a non-displaced volar plate avulsion fracture of the right ring finger but is projected to face the Nets on Thursday.
- ButtocksProb Thurs | probable
Davis is suffering from a gluteus maximus contusion, but he is likely to suit up against the Nets on Thursday.
- Kneeout for season | out
Isaac is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to a posterior lateral corner injury and a medial bone contusion to his left knee.
- FingerProb Fri | probable
Fultz is expected to take the court against the Celtics on Friday despite dislocating his left ring finger.
- PersonalProb Wed | probable
Johnson was absent from the lineup during the last game due to personal reasons. It is anticipated that he will rejoin the team in time for Wednesday's contest against the Thunder.
- KneeMid Feb | out
Augustin is anticipated to be out of action for at least three to four weeks with left knee bone irritation.
- QuadricepProb Thurs | probable
Fournier was held out of the previous game due to a right quadriceps contusion, but he is likely to line up against the Clippers on Thursday.
- IllnessProb Wed | probable
O'Quinn has sat out the past five games due to an illness, but he will likely be available for Wednesday's matchup versus the Nets.
- KneeProb Mon | probable
Augustin missed the last game with a left knee contusion, but it is likely that he will play against the Kings on Monday.
- CalfProb Mon | probable
Gordon missed the previous game due to right calf tightness, but it is projected that he will play Monday against the Kings.