James-less Lakers outlast Magic


    DENNIS Schroder scored 24 points and the Los Angeles Lakers held on for a 96-93 win against the visiting Orlando Magic on Sunday night (Monday in Manila).

    Kyle Kuzma had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Montrezl Harrell finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds off the bench, and Markieff Morris totaled 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers.

    LeBron James missed his fifth straight game with a high ankle sprain and the Lakers improved to 2-3 without their leader in scoring (25.4), rebounding (7.9) and assists (7.9).

    Dwayne Bacon scored a career-high 26 points, Chuma Okeke scored 14 points and Mo Bamba had 11 points off the bench for the Magic.

    R.J. Hampton, Wendell Carter Jr. and Otto Porter Jr. made their team debuts off the bench for the Magic after they were acquired in trades.

    Hampton scored 10 points, Carter finished with eight and Porter had five.

    The Magic took their biggest lead of the game at 82-77 on a 3-pointer by Hampton with 7:19 left in the game.

    Shortly afterward, the Lakers answered back with a 12-1 run to move ahead 92-85 with 3:28 left.

    Carter scored on a dunk to cut the deficit to 96-93 with 30.9 seconds remaining, but Porter missed a 3-point try at the buzzer.

    Porter entered the game and made his first shot, a 22-footer with 1:51 left in the first quarter to match Orlando’s biggest least of the first half at 21-18.

    In other games, it was the Suns 101, Hornets 97 (OT); Blazers 122, Raptors 117; and Nuggets 126, Hawks 102.

    Suns 101, Hornets 97

    Devin Booker scored a game-high 35 points Sunday afternoon to help the Phoenix Suns hold off the host Charlotte Hornets in overtime.

    Booker and Chris Paul, who finished with 16 points, each made free throws in the extra period as the Suns picked up their fifth victory in their past six games.

    Charlotte had its three-game winning streak snapped and lost at home for the first time in six games.

    Blazers 122, Raptors 117

    Damian Lillard scored 22 points and added 11 assists as visiting Portland defeated Toronto.

    CJ McCollum scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and had seven rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who have won three straight road games.

    Derrick Jones Jr. added 16 points for Portland. Robert Covington had 13 points and 12 rebounds, former Raptor Norman Powell had 13 points, Enes Kanter and Jusuf Nurkic each had 10.