Game Preview: No. 6 Lakeland Magic at No. 3 Erie BayHawks

By Alex Busch | March 27, 2018

Meet the No. 3 Erie BayHawks

NBA Affiliate: Atlanta Hawks
Regular Season Record: 28-22
Key Stat: 6.7 blocks per game (2nd in NBA G League)

Meet the No. 6 Lakeland Magic

NBA Affiliate: Orlando Magic
Regular Season Record: 28-22
Key Stat: 10.0 steals per game (5th in NBA G League)

SEASON SERIES: Erie wins 3-1

Game 1: Lakeland 97, Erie 95

Top scorers

Rodney Purvis (LAK): 28 points

Josh Magette (ERI): 20 points, 11 assists

Game 2: Erie 118, Lakeland 115

Top scorers

Andrew White III (ERI): 28 points

Troy Caupain (LAK): 25 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists

Game 3: Erie 110, Lakeland 98

Top scorers

Andrew White III (ERI): 22 points, 8-for-10 FG

John Petrucelli (LAK): 19 points, 7-for-10 FG

Game 4: Erie 110, Lakeland 106

Top scorers

Josh Magette (ERI): 24 points, 11 assists

Troy Caupain (LAK): 11 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists


How They Got Here

Erie BayHawks: In the first season as a franchise, the BayHawks started the season slow, dropping their first four games in a row and starting the first 15 games at 5-10. But the Atlanta Hawks’ affiliate heated up in January, going on an 11-3 run from Dec. 28-Feb. 2.

Hawks two-way player Josh Magette has become a big leader in the locker room when with Erie, having experienced four seasons in the NBA G League, including a run to the NBA G League Finals with the then-Los Angeles D-Fenders in 2016. Erie ranks fifth in assists per game (23.9) this season, in large part due to Magette’s league-leading 10.2 dimes per contest.

Lakeland Magic: Earning the final seed in the Eastern Conference on the last day of the regular season, Lakeland has been a streaky team throughout the season. The perfect example is the run to the playoffs, as the Magic finished the season winning eight of their final nine games.

Lakeland is led by two-way player Jamel Artis, but has also been paced as of late by Ohio State product Byron Mullens, who was brought in during the beginning of March. The NBA G League Player of the Week two weeks ago is averaging 19.6 points, 11 rebounds and 2.7 assists in just 11 games played (10 starts).


Players To Watch

Erie BayHawks

Josh Magette

Raphiael Putney

John Gillon

Lakeland Magic

Troy Caupain

Jamel Artis

Byron Mullens


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