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Magic beat Lakers 120-101

ORLANDO (AP) – Franz Wagner scored 26 points, Paolo Banchero added 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds and the Orlando Magic blasted the Los Angeles Lakers 120-101 yesterday.

Anthony Davis had 28 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks for the Lakers, who took a 51-40 drubbing on the boards while playing without five injured players. The Magic turned 17 Laker turnovers into 22 points and led by 25 points late in the third quarter.

“That’s definitely been our trend – offensive rebounds and points off turnovers,” said LeBron James, who finished with 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists. “We’ll do a good job of getting a stop and then an offensive rebound allows them to score.

“It definitely helps when you have bigger bodies,” James said. “We have three of our bigger bodies out right now with injuries. … It would help, but that’s definitely one of the ways we have to look at to get better.”

Rookie Anthony Black scored 11 points in his first start for the Magic, who were missing three players.

“They’re down bodies, we’re down bodies and so the game basically comes down to mental approach,” said Laker coach Darvin Ham. “Their energy, their effort, they outworked us.”

Orlando Magic Franz Wagner shoots over Los Angeles Lakers player. PHOTO:AP