LAKELAND, Fla. — The Lakeland Magic (7-5) defeated the Reno Bighorns (4-7), by a final score of 99-90. After losing the last two games, the Magic bounced back with their second-largest margin of victory on the season. The win was a combined effort as six Magic players scored in double digits.
The team was led by affiliate player Rodney Purvis as he came close to his first career double-double, putting up 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. Purvis had his sixth 20-point game of the season and a career-high in rebounding. Two-way player Jamel Artis followed up a great performance last game with his second career double-double, with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Fellow two-way player Adreian Payne had a huge role on the defensive side of the court as he racked up a season-high 15 rebounds, which was the second-most rebounds in a game for the Lakeland Magic this season.
With assignees Wesley Iwundu and Khem Birch called back up to the Orlando Magic, T.J. Price entered the starting lineup and put up 11 points on 3 three-point fields goals. Kyle Randall had a double digit night with 10 points. Xavier Gibson had a career game off the bench with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks, a Lakeland Magic season high, to secure his first ever G League career double-double. The Lakeland Magic also shined on the defensive side of the ball holding the Reno Bighorns to only 35.2% from the field, which was the lowest field-goal percentage the Magic have allowed in their inaugural season.
The Bighorns had a few impressive outings with a talented roster including 3 NBA Assignment players. After being assigned to the Bighorns yesterday, Skal Labissiere had a career-high game with 29 points and 18 rebounds in his first NBA G League game of the season. Labissiere took over the record for the most rebounds in a game against the Magic this season. David Stockton, scored the second-most points for Reno with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Assignment player Malachi Richardson was the other double-digit scorer for the Bighorns with 19 points.
The Magic were down 22-5, a 17-point deficit, at the start of the game. Lakeland bounced back as Jamel Artis and Rodney Purvis hit two big three-pointers in the 2nd quarter to take the lead going into the half. Kyle Randall and Xavier Gibson continued to give Lakeland a spark off the bench, which helped the Magic pull away in the second half. The Bighorns struggled to make shots late in the 4th quarter which allowed the Magic to close the 99-90 win.