Lakeland Magic Late Surge Not Enough against the Drive
The Lakeland Magic (19-19), the NBA G League affiliate of the Orlando Magic, lost to the Grand Rapids Drive (22-18), 102-93 in front of a home crowd at the RP Funding Center. Tonight's win marked the 8th consecutive win for the Drive.
Grand Rapids was a strong force from the start outscoring the Magic 25-16 in the first quarter by shooting 50 percent (10-20) from the field and 41.7 percent (5-12) from three compared to the Magic's 31.6 percent (6-19) and 10 percent (1-10) from three. The Drive continued to outscore the Magic in the second quarter taking the score 60-41 heading into the locker room at the half. The Magic trend continued into the third quarter with a score 80-69 going into the fourth. Lakeland turned on the Magic in the fourth getting to within 1-point of the Drive with just 4:18 left in the game but couldn't hold on as the Drive pushed through to the final score 102-93.
Jonathan Isaac was able to increase his playing time to 18:31 tonight and posted 8 points and 3 rebounds. Jamel Artis led the team in scoring with 30 points, his second game tallying 30+ points this season. Troy Caupain made a big contribution with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Alan Anderson had 11 points off the bench.
For the Drive, Kay Felder had 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Jamel Morris had 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. KJ McDaniels had 15 points and 8 rebounds. Landry Nnoko had an impact with 8 points and 13 rebounds.
The Magic play their next game on the road against the Delaware 87ers on Monday, February 25, at 6:30 p.m. The game can be seen on Eleven Sports. The Grand Rapids Drive take on the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Wednesday, February 28, at 11:00 a.m.
Lakeland Magic single game tickets and group tickets are available now. For ticket information, visit lakelandmagic.com or call 863.825.3258.
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