The Orlando Magic (10-4) host the Los Angeles Lakers (10-6) in a rematch of the 2009 NBA Finals this Friday night. The nationally televised affair is set to tip at 8 Eastern on ESPN.
The San Antonio Spurs ended Orlando's five-game winning streak Wednesday night, 85-83, in overtime. Tony Parker scored 16 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, shooting 8-of-11 from the field as the Magic, in their third game in as many nights, ran out of energy late. J.J. Redick drilled what would have been the game-winning three-pointer, but released the shot too late for it to count, allowing San Antonio to pick up its first road win of the season.
Los Angeles will be playing its second night of a back-to-back Friday against Orlando, coming off a 98-87 loss to the Miami Heat on Thursday. Los Angeles dropped to 1-5 on the road with that defeat, and its lone win away from STAPLES Center came in overtime against the Utah Jazz. Kobe Bryant scored 24 on 8-of-21 shooting against Miami, while Pau Gasol led L.A. with 26 points. The Lakers shot just 42 percent and allowed Miami to snare 15 offensive boards.
The Magic are 5-3 against the Lakers in regular-season action since the 2007/08 season, posting a 3-1 record in games played at home.
For more on the Magic, please visit Orlando Pinstriped Post, SB Nation's Magic blog. For the perspective from the other side, please visit ESPN Los Angeles and Silver Screen and Roll, SB Nation's Lakers blog.