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LOS ANGELES — With his game uniform bunched up in a plastic bag in one hand and a satisfied smile across his face, Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz walked out of Staples Center victorious on Wednesday.
The Magic edged the Los Angeles Lakers 119-118, snapping L.A.’s nine-game winning streak and Fultz — now a third-year vet but still only 21 years old — looked every bit the special talent that made him the No. 1 pick in 2017.
Fultz, whom the Philadelphia 76ers gave up on last season after a perplexing nerve condition in his neck and shoulder destroyed his jump shot and dissolved his confidence, put up 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to log his second career triple-double.
“What I’ve been through, it just gives me more fire to keep going,” Fultz told ESPN after the game. “I put in a lot of hard work to be where I’m at. I’ve been through a lot, but I never gave up.
“So, it just shows for people out there, whoever is doubting you, whoever is doing something [to you], put something on your mind and if you have something on your mind, go do