- Banchero produced the crossover before sliding past LeBron for a layup
- It helped the Magic avenge their Game 3 loss to the Lakers in LA
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LeBron James was left for dead by Orlando Magic forward Paolo Banchero as the LA Lakers slumped to their third loss of the new NBA season on Saturday evening.
The Lakers were defeated 120-101 by the Magic, with German star Franz Wagner leading the way with 26 points for the Florida hosts.
It was a night to forget for NBA icon LeBron, who was fouled by Banchero early in the third quarter at Amway Center.
The 20-year-old produced a slick crossover before sliding past LeBron and hitting the layup to extend the Magic’s lead on the night.
Fans were impressed with Banchero, who scored 25 points in the game after breaking away from the Lakers legend so easily, with one text on X: “Banchero the real deal.”
LeBron James was left for dead by Orlando Magic forward Paolo Banchero as the LA Lakers slumped to their third loss of the new NBA season
Banchero produced a slick crossover before sliding past LeBron for the layup
Fans were impressed with the 20-year-old, who scored 25 points in the game after breaking away from the Lakers legend so easily
Another simply says, “Cooked.”
A third asked: ‘Paolo did exactly that to the (GOAT)?’
While one joked: ‘Come on dude is 38 years old… take it easy’.
Despite losing Banchero in the clip that went viral online, LeBron still registered 24 points for the Lakers in Florida.
Anthony Davis was the team’s highest scorer that night after pouring in 28, a return that also moved him higher on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Davis, who entered the meet with 15,971 career points ranked 119th in the all-time rankings, is now ahead of Kiki Vandeweghe (15,980) and Amar’e Stoudemire (15,994) at 117th.
Rookie Anthony Black got his first start for the Magic. Goga Bitadze started at center for Orlando and finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks.
Comes five days later the Lakers’ 106-103 victory at the Magic in Los Angeles, the win snapped Orlando’s seven-game losing streak against the Lakers.
Both teams are struggling with injuries. Orlando played without guards Markelle Fultz (knee) and Gary Harris (groin) and center Wendell Carter Jr. (finger).