LOS ANGELES (Sporting Alert) — Dwight Howard collected a double-double in his first meeting against his former team, but that could not stop the Los Angeles Lakers from going down 113-103 to the Orlando Magic at Staples Center Sunday night.
Howard scored 21 points and pulled down 15 rebounds on the night, but Lakers were outscored 40-26 in the fourth quarter on their way to dropping their ninth game of the season.
Arron Afflalo scored 30 points and five assists and Glen Davis added 23 and 12 rebounds for the Orlando Magic to snapped a three-game skid.
The Lakers were on fire against the Denver Nuggets on Friday, where they sunk 17 three-pointers in the 122-103 win.
They went cold, however, on Sunday, hitting just 6 of the 17 attempts from beyond the arc – allowing the Magic to get back into the game.
Jameer Nelson, back from an injury scored 19 points and dished out 13 assists, while Nikola Vucevic had 17 points and 12 rebounds and J.J. Redick, 14 points, in the win for the visitors.
Kobe Bryant finished with a game-high 34 points in the defeat.
“Seems like we can’t get out of our own way,” Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni said. “I think our problem is just not coming out with the intensity and the purpose that we need to have.
“… We’re slow right now. Just athletically, we’re struggling with young teams that run up and down.”
A disappointed Bryant added on www.lakers.com: “It’s not about excuses or what we’re used to doing. We just have to do it. Do your job.”