The Lakers got a thorough ass-beating from the sorry-ass Orlando Magic, the team tied for the worst record in the Eastern Conference 127-105. The Magic even achieved this victory without their two best players in Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon. After a couple wins at home and a victory against the Bulls to start this road trip it seemed like the Lakers were finally showing some winning consistency, but this game showed us we aren’t quite there yet. The Magic had the odds stacked against them coming into this game. In addition to missing their best players, they had just played the Rockets on the road the night before, where they succumbed to a historic 60 point triple-double from James Harden. Their morale was low after that road defeat, but coming back to the Amway Center gave them a boost. The ended up exploding for 43 points in the third quarter, nailing 9 three pointers. Overall they shot an excellent 18/32 from beyond the arc. The fact that the Lakers shot 4/20 from the 3 point game should tell the whole story.The top contributors for Orlando were Elfried Payton (15 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists), Evan Fournier (19 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists) and Marreese Speights (21 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist). The Lakers let just about everybody on the Magic get double-digit buckets on them though, including DJ Augustin, Shelvin Mack, Mario Hezonja, and Jonathan Simmons. The Lakeshow just couldn’t keep up with the balanced attack from Orlando.The Lakers only trailed by 7 at the end of the first half 58-51, even though they should’ve been losing by more based on their play. Their lack of energy and hustle just allowed them to get steamrolled in the second half. After these last two losses, it’s starting to look like they could really use a certain Big Baller in the lineup again, but Luke Walton and the Lakers front office still aren’t planning to rush him back. They want his lateral movement ability to completely come back from the MCL injury.The defense is where the Lakers really need to focus on improving in the meantime. They gave up 123 to Toronto on Monday and 127 points to an undermanned Orlando Magic who are ranked 23rd in Offensive Rating at 106.98 per basketballreference.com. Even in their recent wins, they let the Bulls, Celtics, and Knicks score over 100 on them. They were only saved by their surging offense in those victories. One of the young Lakers has to step up and score at least 25+ points if they’re going to compete without Lonzo, like Jordan Clarkson did against the Pacers and Knicks. The Lakers have two more games on this road trip before they go back to Staples. They face the Nets on Friday and the Thunder on Sunday.