Aaron Gordon On End Of Magic-Lakers: 'We Feel Cheated'

Lonzo Ball Lakers rip trash-talking Jamal Murray

They didn't even give us a chance to win the game.

After a timeout, the Magic couldn't get off a shot.

With six-tenths of a second left, the Magic inbounded the ball at midcourt with a lob into the paint, but the clock started prematurely, and the buzzer sounded as the ball was still in the air, before it touched anyone or anything. Confusion reigned as the referees blew the play dead and went to the replay center. In mid-December, the Wizards lost a chance to hit a game-winner against the Clippers because the clock started too soon. What rule to follow was not. Officials then determined that the clock did need to be reset, and that rules dictated a jump ball was necessary. But the Magic stormed back and trimmed LA's lead to 106-105 when Jonathon Simmons made one of two free throws with 33 seconds left.

The NBA says that was wrong. The NBA automatically reviews all calls made in the final two minutes of a game that is within three points at any point during that time.

After the Lakers had blown a nine-point advantage in the final two minutes - when they allowed Orlando to go on a 10-0 run to take a 107-106 lead with five seconds left - Brook Lopez was fouled on the next possession and hit two free-throws to regain the lead and set the stage for the unusual finish. Since the ball was in the air, there was no possession and so the error should have been in the Magic's favor. The Magic didn't even bother to contest the toss, and the game ended. The closing seconds of the game were freaky, but after a pair of Brook Lopez free throws with 0.6 seconds left gave L.A. a one-point lead. It was all anyone could talk about.

Orlando has had four losing streaks of seven games or longer this season. "They [the NBA] have gotta change that rule, and I think they will". Vuc played flawless defense. We just played ideal defence and they called a foul.

On Thursday, after the National Basketball Association released its report, Magic coach Frank Vogel said the team has no plans to protest the game. Just down that stretch, it's bad.

The Lakers had a chance to test themselves against the red-hot Portland Trail Blazers on Monday but couldn't protect an 11-point lead with just over five minutes remaining and lost 108-103 to end a five-game winning streak. There is no getting this game back.

The Lakers (28-35) will also get their first look at Orlando rookie forward Jonathan Isaac, who returned last weekend after missing two months with a severely sprained ankle.

The NBA has a senseless rule on its books, but nobody knew it, because we'd never seen it before. Purvis played previously for Orlando's G League affiliate, the Lakeland Magic, and ranked eighth in the league in scoring (20.5 ppg.) in 37 games. And Orlando was deservedly frustrated with how the game ended. Lakers coach Luke Walton doesn't want his team finding excuses down the stretch.

An officiating mistake did not give the team that.



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