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2009 NBA Playoffs: NBA Finals, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Orlando Magic, Game 3

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

Orlando Magic

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 2 - 1 Orlando Magic

GAME 3: Orlando Magic 108 - 104 L.A. Lakers

Orlando makes history at home.

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers Bryant: 31 Ariza: 7 Bryant: 8
Magic Lewis/Howard: 21 Howard: 14 Turkoglu: 14
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 31 23 21 29 104
ORL 27 32 22 27 108
click for Lakers 2009 Playoff pictures (LA Daily News), NBA Finals vs. Orlando Magic Game 4
Picture Gallery (LAT)

June 9 - ARMWAY ARENA - ORLANDO. The Magic really felt at home, shooting an NBA Finals record 63 percent to get their first Finals win, 108-104 and cut the Lakers lead lead in the best-of-seven series to 2-1. It was a loss but it wasn't that bad because the Lakers could have had a chance to win it just by making their free throws.

Based on an excellent ball movement and a lot of extra passes Orlando set an other Finals record with their 75 % from the field in the first half and by the end of the game five of their players had scored 18 points or more points. After having an awful performance in game 1 the Magic players, one by one, started making their offensive contribution to the team. It was Lewis, Turkoglu and Howard in game 2 and now Alston with 20 points and Pietrus with 18 joined the group to generate a big problem for the Lakers defense. Lewis added 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, Howard 21 points and 14 rebounds and Turkoglu 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists.

Kobe Bryant, kept his team in the game with 17 points in a first quarter the Lakers won 31-27 and despite the Magic shooting festival somehow L.A. went to the halftime rest trailing just by 5 points, 59-54. Kobe ended with 31 points and 8 assists but he was 11-for-25 from the field including 3-for-10 on the second half. The most unusual part of Kobe's performance was the missed free throws. In what could have changed the output of the game he missed 5 of 10 attempts from the line while the Lakers as team missed 10 of 26.

The Magic entered the fourth quarter leading 81-75 and with 7:55 left they got their biggest lead in this series going up by nine, 91-82. But the Lakers didn't give up and stayed close until Pau Gasol (23 points) made two free throws to tie it at 99. Orlando retook control and then with 28 seconds left and the need to score fast to erase a 4-point deficit (106-102) the Lakers missed 4 consecutive three-point attempts on a single possession (Kobe, Ariza, Kobe, Fisher) before Bryant, forced by the clock running out, made a layup and Lewis sealed the score with two free-throws.

In their previous trip to Finals in 1995 the Magic team that included Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway was swept by the Houston Rockets.

The Quotes

Phil Jackson (LAL Coach): about his players taking just 27 rebounds "What kind of rebounds are they going to get? Making the amount of shots they made, there’s not a whole lot of rebounds to be had out there."

Kobe Bryant (Lakers): "This is a tough team, not a cupcake team. Extremely well coached, execute well and we’ve got our work cut out"... "We lost this game on the defensive end. We had been playing very good defense and the team tonight shoots 62 percent from the field"

Stan Van Gundy (Magic Coach): "Well, it was going in the basket. That always works. That formula’s always tried and true."

Dwight Howard (Magic): "“We’ve got to play like this. When guys are attacking we’re tough to guard" ... "We lost two games, but there’s no need to roll over. It’s a seven-game series. A team has to beat you four times to end the series and we felt good knowing that we had three games at home."

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Orlando Magic
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Kobe Bryant 31 3 8 - -  
Pau Gasol 23 3 1 1 2  
Trevor Ariza 13 7 1 2 -  
Jordan Farmar 11 2 1 1 1  
Lamar Odom 11 2 1 1 1  
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Dwight Howard 21 14 2 1 2  
Rashard Lewis 21 5 5 - -  
Rafer Alston 20 2 4 - -  
Hedo Turkoglu 18 6 7 1 -  
Mickael Pietrus 18 2 2 3 -  

Complete Boxscore

Los Angeles Lakers
Starters Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts 
K. Bryant G 40:16 11-25 4-9 5-10 -3 1 3 8 4 0 0 2 5 31 
D. Fisher G 32:03 4-9 1-4 0-0 -5 1 3 2 0 1 0 0 2
A. Bynum C 23:20 2-6 0-0 0-1 -3 2 4 1 1 1 0 1 2
T. Ariza F 41:31 5-13 2-7 1-2 -1 3 7 1 1 2 0 0 4 13 
P. Gasol F 39:47 9-11 0-0 5-6 +1 1 3 1 1 1 2 0 3 23 
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
L. Odom 32:23 4-6 0-0 3-5 -6 1 2 1 2 1 1 0 4 11 
J. Farmar 15:56 4-6 1-3 2-2 +1 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 11 
L. Walton 11:16 1-1 0-0 0-0 -4 1 2 2 2 0 0 0 3
S. Vujacic 3:10 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
D. Mbenga 0:17 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Brown DNP - Coach's Decision
J. Powell DNP - Coach's Decision
Totals 40-78 8-23 16-26 11 27 16 13 6 3 3 25 104 
Percentages:   .513 .348 .615   Team Rebounds: 15
Orlando Magic
Starters Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts 
R. Alston G 36:44 8-12 1-1 3-4 0 0 2 4 3 0 0 0 1 20 
C. Lee G 19:51 2-4 0-1 0-0 +3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3
D. Howard C 43:05 5-6 0-0 11-16 +5 2 14 2 1 1 2 0 4 21 
H. Turkoglu F 42:14 7-12 1-3 3-4 +2 1 6 7 1 1 0 1 3 18 
R. Lewis F 41:29 8-14 3-6 2-2 +5 1 5 5 3 0 0 1 4 21 
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
M. Pietrus 31:11 7-11 0-3 4-4 +3 1 2 2 1 3 0 0 3 18 
J. Nelson 11:16 1-1 0-0 0-0 +4 0 0 2 3 1 0 0 0
T. Battie 9:28 2-3 0-0 0-0 -1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2
M. Gortat 4:42 0-1 0-0 0-0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
A. Foyle DNP - Coach's Decision
A. Johnson DNP - Coach's Decision
J.J. Redick DNP - Coach's Decision
Totals 40-64 5-14 23-30 5 29 23 13 7 3 3 21 108 
Percentages:   .625 .357 .767   Team Rebounds: 8

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