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JuJu Watkins’ uniform got bloodied vs Colorado, creating a Magic Johnson moment

There are three iconic No. 32s in Los Angeles sports. One is Sandy Koufax. One is Orenthal James Simpson, otherwise known as O.J. The other one belongs to arguably the greatest point guard in the history of basketball, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the Los Angeles Laker legend whose imprint on basketball is unmistakable. Through an accident and a completely unexpected twist of fate, USC’s JuJu Watkins joined Magic Johnson as a famous basketball player to wear No. 32 for a Los Angeles-based team.

We’ll tell you how it happened, given that JuJu’s normal jersey number is 32. This was part of the drama on an emotional night in the Galen Center, where USC handled Colorado, 87-81, to move within one game of first place in the Pac-12 and took another step toward a possible No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Here are some of the details from JuJu’s “Magic” moment:

BLOODY

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

JuJu’s No. 12 USC jersey got bloodied in the second half of the game versus Colorado. She had to change out of that jersey and into No. 32.

JUJU VS JAYLYN IS A RIVALRY

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The battle between JuJu and Colorado guard Jaylyn Sherrod is one of the fiercest one-on-one battles in the Pac-12. It is extra spicy and contentious. Sherrod fouled out Watkins in the first meeting in January. Watkins fouled out Sherrod in this rematch in February.

JUJU ON THE BATTLE

MENTAL BATTLE

LINDSAY GOTTLIEB ON THE 15-ROUND BOUT

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(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

USC coach Lindsay Gottlieb told Adam Bradford of The Sporting Tribune, “That felt like a heavyweight prize fight on a Friday night. [Colorado is] really good. They’re tough. They’re veteran. I was proud of the way we stayed together amidst any kind of adversity. I felt like we were locked in and together and could figure out a way to get stops.”

USC NUMBER 32: JUJU

JUJU POSTGAME

Story originally appeared on Trojans Wire