LAKELAND, Fla. — The Lakeland Magic, NBA G League affiliate of the Orlando Magic, fell short to the Greensboro Swarm 106-98, in front of a home crowd at the RP Funding Center.
For the Swarm, Cat Barber had an impressive 25 points. Joe Chealey scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Jaylen Barford scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Malik Pope had 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Greensboro stung the Magic early with a seven point run to take the lead 17-14 with 6:07 remaining in the first. The Magic would retake the lead with 3:54 on the clock but the Swarm were back on top 32-26 at the end of the first. The Magic scored nine points straight at the start of the second and would regain the lead on a layup by Antonio Campbell with 10:03 left in the quarter.
The Swarm kept control in the second to take an eight point lead into the locker room. The three was the difference maker in the first half with the Swarm shooting 52.6 percent compared to the Magic’s 35.7 percent.
The Swarm would take their largest lead of the night, up 14 points with 7:38 remaining in the third. The Magic went on a 15-3 run and would regain control on a three point shot by Gabe York with the score 77-74 heading into the fourth. The final quarter was a battle but the Swarm outscored the Magic 32-21 to take the 106-98 victory.
BJ Johnson led the Magic in scoring with 21 points and 4 rebounds. Amile Jefferson posted his eighteenth double-double of the season with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Braian Angola came off the bench to score 16 points on the night. Anthony Brown had 12 points and 4 rebounds. Gabe York scored 11 points.