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Vucevic buzzer-beater lifts Magic over Lakers

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ORLANDO — Nik Vucevic hit a fallaway 18-footer at the buzzer to lift the Magic to a 101-99 victory over the Lakers on Wednesday night.

Shabazz Napier led Orlando with 22 points, including five 3-pointers, and Evan Fournier added 16. The Magic's reserves scored 65, including 18 from the 7-foot Vucevic, who came off the bench for the first time in his four seasons in Orlando.

Magic guard Victor Oladipo left the game in the first quarter with a concussion and did not return.

Los Angeles, playing without Kobe Bryant for the second straight game, had six players in double figures, led by Roy Hibbert with 15 points. Rookie D'Angelo Russell added 14 and Larry Nance Jr. and Lou Williams had 13 each.

Neither team could break away in the fourth quarter until the Magic scored seven straight to take a 99-94 lead with 2:17 left, the largest lead of the second half for either team.

The Lakers scored five straight, with Williams hitting three free throws and Julius Randle adding a driving layup to tie the score at 99 with 1:18 to play.

Williams tried to put the Lakers ahead in the final seconds but airballed an off-balance jumper as the shot clock expired.

That left the Magic with 1.5 seconds. It inbounded the ball to Vucevic and the center swished the winner as the horn sounded.

The Magic shot 34.7 percent the first half but still led 48-45. Channing Frye hit 3-pointers and had 10 points, and rookie Mario Hezonja added seven points and Vucevic six.

The Lakers hit three of their first four 3-pointers but missed on the last eight of the half and turned the ball over eight times.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Cody Zeller made a layup off an inbounds play with 0.6 seconds left to lift the host Hornets to a 95-93 win over the Knicks. Kristaps Porzingis hit what appeared to be a winning 3-pointer from 29 feet on the ensuing inbounds play, but officials huddled and ruled he didn't get the shot off in time. … Kyle Lowry scored 23 and Luis Scola had 21 to lead the visiting Raptors to a 119-103 victory over the 76ers. One year after starting 0-17, Philadelphia has lost its first eight games this season. … Paul George had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the visiting Pacers to 102-91 victory over the Celtics. C.J. Miles had 17 points for Indiana, which won for the fifth time in six games.

GREEN UPDATE: Heat guard Gerald Green punched a man then was combative with paramedics and eventually needed to be handcuffed just so rescue personnel could transport him to a trauma center last week, according to police. The Miami police incident report said the man who was punched by Green did not wish to press charges. The report sheds some light on the circumstances surrounding Green's absence from the Heat and subsequent two-game suspension.

COUSINS CONTRITE: Kings center DeMarcus Cousins apologized after reports emerged that he directed a profane tirade at coach George Karl after Monday's loss to the Spurs, which dropped Sacramento to 1-7. In a statement, Cousins said that he let his "frustrations get the best of me in the locker room" and that he was not directing his anger at an individual. Karl wanted to suspend Cousins for two games after the tirade but was told by general manager Vlade Divac that he could not, the Sacramento Bee reported.

DURANT OUT: Thunder forward Kevin Durant will miss at least a week with a strained left hamstring. Durant was hurt during the second quarter of Tuesday's victory at Washington. He will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days. The former NBA MVP is averaging 28.1 points and 7.3 rebounds.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Gordon "Scotty" Stirling, the former NBA vice president of operations and longtime team executive and scout, died Wednesday in Sacramento, Calif. He was 86. … Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler is scheduled for surgery on his right hip and is expected to miss the season. Chandler suffered a labral tear during the preseason and did not play in any of Denver's first seven regular-season games. … Pelicans forward Anthony Davis sat out with a strained hip. … Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley was briefly arrested on a misdemeanor warrant for a Houston-area traffic violation before being released when he paid a $321 fine.

Magic 101, Lakers 99

L.A. LAKERS (99): World Peace 4-7 0-0 9, Randle 6-10 0-3 12, Hibbert 5-8 5-5 15, Russell 6-15 0-0 14, Clarkson 2-7 0-0 4, Young 4-7 0-0 10, Williams 2-8 9-10 13, Nance Jr. 6-6 0-0 13, Black 0-2 0-0 0, Huertas 2-3 0-0 5, Bass 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 39-79 14-18 99.

ORLANDO (101): Fournier 6-16 2-3 16, Harris 5-13 0-0 11, Dedmon 2-6 0-0 4, Payton 1-13 0-2 2, Oladipo 1-2 0-0 3, Gordon 1-3 1-2 4, Napier 8-16 1-1 22, Vucevic 9-16 0-0 18, Hezonja 1-4 4-4 7, Marble 0-4 0-0 0, Frye 6-7 0-0 14. Totals 40-100 8-12 101.

L.A. Lakers 25 20 25 29— 99

Orlando 26 22 26 27— 101

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 7-22 (Young 2-5, Russell 2-5, Nance Jr. 1-1, Huertas 1-2, World Peace 1-3, Randle 0-1, Clarkson 0-2, Williams 0-3), Orlando 13-28 (Napier 5-9, Frye 2-2, Fournier 2-6, Oladipo 1-1, Gordon 1-2, Harris 1-3, Hezonja 1-3, Marble 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 52 (Randle 8), Orlando 56 (Harris 11). AssistsL.A. Lakers 25 (Clarkson, Huertas 5), Orlando 22 (Payton 8). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 11, Orlando 19. A18,846 (18,500).

Hornets 95, Knicks 93

NEW YORK (93): Anthony 12-25 2-4 29, Porzingis 5-10 0-0 10, Lopez 0-3 0-0 0, Calderon 6-9 0-0 13, Afflalo 6-13 0-0 12, Grant 4-8 0-0 8, Galloway 2-6 0-0 4, O'Quinn 2-3 2-2 6, Amundson 4-4 1-1 9, Thomas 0-3 0-0 0, D.Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Seraphin 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 42-86 5-7 93.

CHARLOTTE (95): Hairston 2-8 0-0 5, M.Williams 3-6 1-2 8, Jefferson 2-10 0-0 4, Walker 2-11 4-4 9, Batum 10-18 2-5 24, Zeller 2-6 8-15 12, Hawes 0-2 0-0 0, Lamb 6-10 0-0 14, Lin 7-11 2-2 17, Kaminsky 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 35-84 17-28 95.

New York 27 20 32 14— 93

Charlotte 18 31 20 26— 95

3-Point GoalsNew York 4-21 (Anthony 3-6, Calderon 1-4, Galloway 0-1, Porzingis 0-1, Grant 0-3, Afflalo 0-3, Thomas 0-3), Charlotte 8-23 (Lamb 2-4, Batum 2-5, Lin 1-1, Walker 1-2, M.Williams 1-3, Hairston 1-5, Kaminsky 0-1, Hawes 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew York 59 (Porzingis 15), Charlotte 47 (Jefferson, Batum 5). AssistsNew York 20 (Calderon, Grant 5), Charlotte 21 (Hawes 5). Total FoulsNew York 24, Charlotte 9. A16,643 (19,077).

Raptors 119, 76ers 103

TORONTO (119): Johnson 3-6 2-2 8, Scola 10-15 0-0 21, Valanciunas 4-8 3-4 11, Lowry 6-12 9-10 23, DeRozan 4-9 5-6 14, Biyombo 3-8 4-4 10, Patterson 3-8 0-0 7, Joseph 6-9 3-3 15, Powell 4-10 0-0 8, Bennett 0-1 2-2 2, Wright 0-2 0-0 0, Nogueira 0-0 0-0 0, Caboclo 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 43-89 28-31 119.

PHILADELPHIA (103): Sampson 4-10 1-2 9, Grant 5-10 2-4 12, Okafor 13-22 0-2 26, McConnell 1-5 0-0 2, Stauskas 3-11 0-0 8, Wood 2-7 0-0 4, Thompson 6-8 2-2 19, Canaan 5-11 3-3 18, Pressey 1-3 3-4 5. Totals 40-87 11-17 103.

Toronto 29 34 33 23— 119

Philadelphia 34 23 20 26— 103

3-Point GoalsToronto 5-18 (Lowry 2-6, DeRozan 1-1, Scola 1-2, Patterson 1-5, Johnson 0-1, Joseph 0-1, Powell 0-1, Bennett 0-1), Philadelphia 12-29 (Thompson 5-6, Canaan 5-10, Stauskas 2-7, Grant 0-1, Wood 0-1, McConnell 0-2, Pressey 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsToronto 60 (Valanciunas 12), Philadelphia 42 (Grant 10). AssistsToronto 22 (Lowry 8), Philadelphia 28 (McConnell 13). Total FoulsToronto 18, Philadelphia 24. A12,744 (20,318).

Pacers 102, Celtics 91

INDIANA (102): Miles 6-10 4-4 17, George 10-22 4-5 26, Mahinmi 4-7 3-8 11, G.Hill 3-8 0-0 7, Ellis 4-9 4-6 13, Budinger 4-7 1-2 10, M.Turner 0-0 0-0 0, J.Hill 5-10 2-4 12, Allen 2-5 2-2 6, Robinson III 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 38-79 20-31 102.

BOSTON (91): Crowder 1-5 2-2 5, Johnson 3-5 1-4 7, Sullinger 5-10 0-0 11, Thomas 4-13 5-7 14, E.Turner 9-13 2-2 20, Smart 1-6 6-8 8, Jerebko 0-1 0-0 0, Olynyk 1-5 2-2 4, Hunter 2-5 0-0 5, Lee 4-5 5-7 13, Rozier 2-9 0-0 4. Totals 32-77 23-32 91.

Indiana 31 20 30 21— 102

Boston 23 26 25 17— 91

3-Point GoalsIndiana 6-17 (George 2-5, Budinger 1-2, G.Hill 1-3, Ellis 1-3, Miles 1-4), Boston 4-24 (Crowder 1-3, Hunter 1-3, Sullinger 1-3, Thomas 1-4, Johnson 0-1, Olynyk 0-2, Rozier 0-4, Smart 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsIndiana 55 (George 10), Boston 51 (Sullinger 11). AssistsIndiana 20 (Ellis 6), Boston 18 (Thomas 4). Total FoulsIndiana 28, Boston 26. TechnicalsGeorge. A17,879 (18,624).

Vucevic buzzer-beater lifts Magic over Lakers 11/11/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 10:32pm]
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