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2009 NBA Playoffs: NBA Finals, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Orlando Magic, Game 1

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2009 NBA Playoffs NBA Finals
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Orlando Magic

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Series Index:

Game 1: Lakers 100, Magic 75 at Los Angeles Game recap & pictures
Game 2: Lakers 101, Magic 96 OT at Los Angeles   Game recap & pictures
Game 3: Magic 108, Lakers 104 at Orlando   Game recap & pictures
Game 4: Lakers 99, Magic 91 OT at Orlando   Game recap & pictures
Game 5: Lakers 99, Magic 86 at Orlando   Game recap & pictures

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Los Angeles Lakers 1 - 0 Orlando Magic

GAME 1: L.A. Lakers 100 - Orlando Magic 75

Kobe Bryant dominated game 1 as Lakers try to send a message.

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers Bryant: 40 Odom: 14 Bryant: 8
Magic Pietrus: 14 Howard: 15 Nelson: 4
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 22 31 29 18 100
ORL 24 19 15 17 75
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Picture Gallery (LAT)

June 4 - STAPLES CENTER - LOS ANGELES. Kobe Bryant doesn't want to be on the losing side again this year and in an instant-classic performance he dominated the game, had 40 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists and led the Lakers to a big win 100-75 in game 1 of the 2009 NBA Finals.

And Kobe wasn't alone, Pau Gasol had 16 points and 8 rebounds and was a key part of the collective effort against Dwight Howard, Lamar Odom added 11 points and 14 rebounds and Derek Fisher and Luke Walton both had solid games and contributed 9 points each.

Orlando went ahead 33-28 early in the second quarter but Kobe took control of the game after that scoring 12 of his 18 first-half points and giving 4 assists in the remaining minutes of the period. The Lakers ended the half with a 53-43 lead, and Kobe continued dominating in a third quarter where he was unstoppable showing his defenders all his repertoire and scoring another 18 points to help his team outscore the Magic 29-15.

Despite having a big lead the Lakers never decreased their intensity at the end, like trying to win it emphatically to send a message to the Magic players who seemed already touched by their awful shooting night. Maybe the pressure of being in the Finals affected a team that has great outside shooters and a high percentage player on the post but went 23-for-77 (.299) from the field.

The game started with Bynum doing a good job on Dwight Howard at both ends and his teammates protecting the perimeter. As usual the Laker young center saw his time limited by his fouls (9 points and 9 rebounds in 22 minutes) but as soon as Phil Jackson noticed Orlando's problems on the perimeter he sent his players to clog the paint and it paid its dividends. While his teammates weren't able to make a jumper, Howard almost didn't received the ball and disappeared from the game on the second half. Kobe by himself outscored the Magic's big three 40-33. Turkoglu scored 13 points on 3-for-11 shooting, Rashard Lewis had 8 on 2-for-10 and Howard scored 12 points and 15 rebounds but he attempted just 6 field goals and scored 10 of his points on free throws.

Jameer Nelson saw basketball action for the first time since Feb. 2. The point guard who was a starter previous to his shoulder surgery gave the Magic some spark with 4 assists in his first 4 minutes of play in the second quarter.

Bryant's 40 were his career high in the finals, and the 10th time he has scored 40 or more in the playoffs.

The Quotes

Phil Jackson (LAL Coach): "I think I've said no many times when you've asked me that. He's known to play big in big games

Kobe Bryant (Lakers): "We did a good job on him (Howard), but he'll be ready to go Game 2. We worked very hard on the perimeter, keeping those guys out of rhythm, then we did a good job on him inside."

Lamar Odom (Lakers): "Offensively, he was amazing. Defensively as well. He gets you going."

Stan Van Gundy (Magic Coach): "We've got a long way to go to get back into this thing. We've got to play a lot better. But we've been a team that's bounced back all year... There was nothing I liked, OK? Other than our ball movement the first 18 minutes, really, what was there to like?"..."He (Kobe) was great. He was tremendous. We were giving him too much space on his pull-up jumpers and he did a good job of attacking us. I know this: We are a lot better than we showed."

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Orlando Magic
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Kobe Bryant 40 8 8 2 2  
Pau Gasol 16 8 3 - 2  
Lamar Odom 11 14 - 1 1  
Andrew Bynum 9 9 - - 1  
Derek Fisher 9 3 1 - -  
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Mickael Pietrus 14 3 - - -  
Hedo Turkoglu 13 4 2 1 1 3/11 fg
Dwight Howard 12 15 2 2 2 1/6 fg
Rashard Lewis 8 5 - - - 2/10 fg
Courtney Lee 8 5 - - -  

Complete Boxscore

Orlando Magic
Starters Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts 
R. Alston G 24:32 2-9 0-4 2-2 -6 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 1
C. Lee G 22:45 3-10 1-4 0-0 -7 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 3
D. Howard C 34:58 1-6 0-0 10-16 -19 5 15 2 2 2 2 0 3 12 
R. Lewis F 35:32 2-10 2-4 2-2 -26 2 5 0 0 0 0 1 4
H. Turkoglu F 33:05 3-11 1-3 6-6 -20 0 4 2 4 1 1 0 2 13 
Bench   Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts 
M. Pietrus 32:25 5-13 3-5 1-3 -23 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 4 14 
J. Nelson 23:28 3-9 0-2 0-0 -19 0 2 4 1 0 0 2 1
M. Gortat 20:06 2-4 0-0 0-0 -3 1 8 0 0 2 4 1 3
J.J. Redick 7:45 1-2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
T. Battie 5:24 1-3 0-0 0-0 -2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
A. Foyle DNP - Coach's Decision
A. Johnson DNP - Coach's Decision
Totals 23-77 8-23 21-29 10 41 10 8 8 8 7 21 75 
Percentages:   .299 .348 .724   Team Rebounds: 8
Los Angeles Lakers
Starters Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts 
K. Bryant G 37:58 16-34 0-1 8-8 +25 1 8 8 1 2 2 0 1 40 
D. Fisher G 32:00 4-6 1-1 0-0 +22 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 3
A. Bynum C 22:23 3-8 0-0 3-4 +9 3 9 0 0 0 1 2 4
P. Gasol F 37:18 7-12 0-0 2-2 +14 3 8 3 2 0 2 1 3 16 
T. Ariza F 23:47 1-4 1-2 0-0 +18 1 2 2 0 0 1 1 3
Bench   Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts 
L. Odom 31:39 5-11 0-3 1-2 +21 2 14 0 2 1 1 1 3 11 
L. Walton 24:13 4-5 0-0 1-2 +7 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 3
J. Farmar 12:32 0-3 0-1 0-0 +1 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 1
S. Brown 8:12 0-2 0-0 0-0 +3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
S. Vujacic 5:18 0-1 0-0 0-0 -1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2
J. Powell 2:50 1-2 1-1 0-0 +4 2 4 0 0 0 0 1 0
D. Mbenga 1:50 0-1 0-0 0-0 +2 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
Totals 41-89 3-9 15-18 15 55 18 8 4 7 8 23 100 
Percentages:   .461 .333 .833   Team Rebounds: 9

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