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Houston's 128 points, with 1:50 to go, is a new season high by a Magic opponent. The previous high: 123 by Milwaukee on Nov. 1.
Houston's 22 3-pointers made is a new record for a Magic opponent, breaking Golden State's old record of 21 on March 11, 2011, per @GalantePR.
With that three-point play, James Harden now has 54 points on 19-of-31 shooting from the field, including 10-of-15 shooting from 3-point range. Oh, he also has seven assists.
On Nov. 30, the Rockets made 49.0 percent of their 3-point tries (25 of 51) in a win over the Hawks, 158-111. Tonight, the Rockets have made a season-best 59.4% (19 of 32) attempts from beyond the arc. Houston leads Orlando 107-93 with 7:04 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Harden is pure poetry... he’s insane.
Amazing to think about the nba being a collection of the world’s top talent, yet not a single person can defend Harden. He slices through and around anyone.
He’s got 43 tonight already, many outrageous plays, yet it’s still an avg. night.
End of the 3rd quarter: Rockets 96, Magic 78.
Harden: 38 pts. (12/21), 4 rebs., 4 assts.
Westbrook: 21 pts., 7 rebs., 6 assts.
Fournier: 27 pts., 2 rebs., 2 assts.
Gordon: 21 pts., 6 rebs., 4 assts.
3-pointers: Rockets 18-29 (62%), Magic 12/29 (41%).
Halftime: Rockets 62, Magic 55.
Harden: 25 pts. (9/16 FGAs, 5/7 3PAs), 3 rebs., 2 assts.
Westbrook: 17 pts. (6/8 FGAs), 5 rebs., 3 assts.
Fournier: 20 pts. (7/12 FGAs), 1 reb., 2 assts.
Gordon: 12 pts., 4 rebs., 3 assts.
3-pointers: Rockets 11/19, Magic 9/21.
End of the 1st Quarter: Rockets 28, Magic 22.
Harden: 7 pts., 2 rebs., 1 asst.
Westbrook: 9 pts., 3 rebs., 1 asst.
Fournier: 6 pts., 1 asst.
FG%: Rockets 48%, Magic 35%.
3-pointers: Rockets 5/10, Magic 3/10.
Referees rule that the foul on @Houston Rockets G Russell Westbrook was a common foul. HOU actually loses 3 points as PJ Tucker's 3-pointer to open the game was wiped off because he was out of bounds during the shot attempt.
Not long after burying a 3-pointer on his first shot of the night, PG Markelle Fultz pushes the pace and finds Evan Fournier for a 3-pointer. Fultz got the rim for his second shot, but it was swatted by @Houston Rockets C Clint Capela.
PG Markelle Fultz in the starting lineup for the @Orlando Magic
Magic officials said Markelle Fultz (stomach virus) will be available to play against the Rockets tonight. Nikola Vucevic (ankle sprain) will not play tonight.
As far as the Rockets go, shooting guard and Winter Park alum Austin Rivers (illness) is listed as probable for tonight's game.
Markelle Fultz (stomach virus) and Nikola Vucevic (ankle) went through all of Orlando’s shootaround this morning. Steve Clifford said their availability for tonight’s game against the Rockets will be determined closer to tipoff.
(1/2) Steve Clifford: "Every team has their strengths. To me, we have positional size and we're super-smart. And we weren't smart last night, and that can't be OK with any of us. We've got to be the team that executes their sets, that executes their defenses, particularly ...
Nikola Vucevic, who sprained his right ankle on Nov. 20 and has missed Orlando's last 10 games: "Hopefully, I can go (play) tomorrow. If not, Sunday should be a realistic date, for sure. And then we'll see tomorrow if I'll be back out there."
Markelle Fultz, who missed last night’s game due to a stomach virus, did not practice today and isn’t at the team facility in an effort to prevent teammates from getting sick. Steve Clifford said Fultz is feeling better. Fultz’s availability for tomorrow’s game is unclear.
Nikola Vucevic went through Orlando’s entire non-contact practice today, Steve Clifford said, and is working now with assistsnt coach Mike Batiste on on-court drills. The team will see how Vucevic feels tomorrow before a decision is made on Vucevic’s status against the Rockets.
Nikola Vucevic has continued to make progress in his recovery from the ankle sprain he suffered on Nov. 20. The Magic are practicing now, and after practice, there could be an update on his status for Friday night's game against the Rockets at Amway Center.
SVG on @Dwight Howard ‘12 firing comments. “The one regret I have is what it’s done to the perception people have of Dwight. He’s a winning player and a guy who’s always given to the community and I think it’s unfortunate that he has gotten a negative reputation.That I do regret.”
Final from Amway: #Lakers 96, Magic 87
Jonathan Isaac 18 pts
Evan Fournier 18 pts
Aaron Gordon 14 pts, 14 rebs
Mo Bamba 13 pts
LeBron James 25 pts, 11 rebs, 10 assists
Anthony Davis 16 pts
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 15 pts
Final: Lakers 96, Magic 87.
James: 25 pts., 11 rebs., 10 assts.
Isaac: 19 pts., 8 rebs.
Fournier: 18 pts., 2 rebs., 5 assts.
Gordon: 14 pts., 14 rebs., 4 assts.
3-point shooting: Lakers 12/31 (43%), Magic 8/26 (31%)
The Magic slid Jonathan Isaac to the center spot with 4:21 left to play. He has their last 5 points, and his 3-point play pulls them within 5 (88-83) with 3:17 left.
Jonathan Isaac has scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter. The Magic desperately need a third scoring option because the Lakers are not giving Evan Fournier or Terrence Ross any room to get clean looks.
LeBron James' stat line now, with LA up 88-78 with 4:21 to play: 22 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists.
LeBron James now has a triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Anthony Davis has 14 rebounds, 11 rebounds and 5 assists.
Magic F Wes Iwundu and Lakers F Jared Dudley have been given technical fouls and ejected for their role in a skirmish that started after Jonathan Isaac fouled Dwight Howard.
After the Magic tie it at 71-71 on a 3 by Michael Carter-Williams, the Lakers respond with an 8-0 burst, as LeBron James assisting on all 3 FGs - a layup by Avery Bradley, a 3 by Alex Caruso and a 3 by Jared Dudley.
Magic go 9-17 from the field in the 3rd and outscore the Lakers 27-18. The Lakers were 7-20 from the field in the quarter.
End of the 3rd Quarter: Lakers 69, Magic 65.
James: 18 pts., 9 rebs., 6 assts.
Davis: 14 pts., 10 rebs., 5 assts.
Gordon: 14 pts., 10 rebs., 2 assts.
Fournier: 13 pts., 2 rebs., 3 assts.
FG%: Lakers 40%, Magic 42%.
3P%: Lakers 32%, Magic 29%.
Fast break points: Lakers 5, Magic 14
Led by Mo Bamba's 11 points, the Magic bench has outscored the Lakers' bench 23-13 so far.
A sequence of defense and awareness cuts the lead to 2. Jonathan Isaac covered Anthony Davis in the post and LeBron James' lob pass attempt went off the backboard for a turnover.