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The Lakers Beat The Magic With LeBron James Scoring 29 Points

Bryan Dijkhuizen

In a 116-105 victory against the Orlando Magic on Friday night, LeBron James scored 29 points and played solely at center in the second half as the Los Angeles Lakers recovered from an eight-point halftime deficit to win their fourth straight.

To begin the second half, Los Angeles coach Frank Vogel substituted James for starting center Dwight Howard, and the Lakers went on a 20-2 run to start the third quarter.

Their third-quarter performance saw them outscore Orlando 31-16, hitting 13 of 23 shots and 5 of 8 3-pointers in the period.

Carmelo Anthony scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half, including four three-pointers, while Stanley Johnson contributed 11 points off the bench for the Lakers. For Anthony, who is 37 years old, it was the sixth time this season he scored at least 20 points.

The Lakers snapped a three-game road losing run, winning for the first time away from home since beating the Houston Rockets on Dec. 28. The Lakers' game on Friday marked the beginning of a six-game, eleven-night road trip.

Orlando was defeated for the fourth time in a row and for the 14th time in 15 games. The Magic had a 10-point lead at halftime in Philadelphia on Wednesday and an eight-point lead at halftime on Friday, but they lost both games.

The Magic are now 2-17 at home, which is an NBA-worst mark. In the first 24 minutes, James scored 18 points and Westbrook added 12, but the Lakers received nothing else from the rest of the rotation. Los Angeles had a seven-point lead after one quarter, but the Lakers let up 24 bench points to the Orlando Magic in the first half of the game.

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