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2009 NBA Playoffs: NBA Finals, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Orlando Magic, Game 4

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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 3 - 1 Orlando Magic

GAME 4: L.A. Lakers 99 - Orlando Magic 91 OT

Fisher stepped up to help Lakers get closer to their goal.

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers Bryant: 32 Gasol: 10 Bryant: 8
Magic Turkoglu: 25 Howard: 21 Lewis: 4
1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Tot
LAL 20 17 30 20 12 99
ORL 24 25 14 24 4 91
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June 11 - ARMWAY ARENA - ORLANDO. Derek Fisher's 0.4 shot was the biggest highlight of his career. But not anymore. He sent the game to overtime with a 3-pointer and hit another clutch three at the end of the extra time to help the Lakers get a 99-91 victory and to move within 1 win of another NBA championship.

Kobe Bryant led the team with 32 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds and Trevor Ariza sparked them win 13 of his 16 points in the third quarter when they recovered from a 12-point half-time deficit. The Lakers won the period 30-14 but in the fourth the Magic regained some composure and at the end and were leading 87-84 with 11 seconds left when Kobe had to foul Dwight Howard hard under the basket to stop a dunk attempt. By making at least one free throw, Orlando's center, who had 16 points, 21 rebounds and a Finals record 9 blocks, would have made it a two-possession game but he missed both. After a timeout the ball went to Fisher's hand who ran the court and with 4.6 second left dropped a 3-pointer over Jameer Nelson. Orlando had problems to inbound the ball for a final play and Pietrus forced a shot that didn't go in.

Rashard Lewis made a 3-pointer to open the overtime, Kobe answered with two quick baskets and nobody scored again until Howard made a free throw to tie it a 91 with 1:27 left. Then Kobe, who was trying to attack the basket, saw Nelson coming to double him and assisted Fisher who hit another three with 31.3 seconds remaining. If it looked as a crucial play at the moment, it was confirmed seconds later when Lewis tipped the ball out toward halfcourt, Gasol grabbed it and went for a two-handed dunk that basically ended the game. Gasol had 16 and 10 rebounds and received a very hard foul by Pietrus when he dunked the ball again with 3 seconds left. They both got technical for going at each other after it and Pietrus also was called with a flagrant foul.

Fisher, a clutch player all his career in L.A., Atlanta and Utah, had missed all 5 of his 3-point attempts before making the one that forced overtime. He has 40 3-point shots made in 6 championships series with the Lakers and only two players have made more In NBA finals history: Robert Horry with 56 and Michael Jordan with 42.

Kobe didn't shot well going 11-for-31 from the field but this time he made all his 5 free throws and he kept his team in the game with 13 points in a first quarter when in a unbalanced officiated game the Lakers received a lot of unbelievable calls and got all their big men in early foul trouble. The Magic shot .595 from the line (22-for-37) including 7 misses in the fourth quarter and committed 17 turnovers compared with 7 for L.A. and suffered the lack of contribution from one of their top scorers, Rashard Lewis who was well defended and almost disappeared. He had 6 points on 2-for-10 shooting.

The Quotes

Phil Jackson (LAL Coach): "It’s character. We’ve always said the character has got to be in players if they are going to be great players. You just can’t draft it."

Kobe Bryant (Lakers): "He’s been there before. He has been there and done that."... “He just has supreme confidence and I think those shots at the end of the game are actually easier for him than the other ones.”

Derek Fisher Lakers): "It ranks right up there at the top. You know, even greater than 0.4 because I feel like we’re as close as possible to what our end goal is."

Dwight Howard (Magic): "I just missed them. I’ve been working on my free throws. They just weren’t falling tonight."

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Orlando Magic
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Kobe Bryant 32 7 8 1 1 11/31 fg
Pau Gasol 16 10 1 1 -  
Trevor Ariza 16 9 2 2 -  
Derek Fisher 12 4 1 2 -  
Lamar Odom 9 5 1 1 -  
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Hedo Turkoglu 25 5 3 1 -  
Dwight Howard 16 21 2 - 9 7 TO
Mickael Pietrus 15 2 - - -  
Rafer Alston 11 1 2 1 -  
Rashard Lewis 6 7 4 2 - 2/10 fg

Complete Boxscore

Los Angeles Lakers
Starters Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts 
K. Bryant G 48:52 11-31 2-6 8-8 +11 1 7 8 3 1 1 1 3 32 
D. Fisher G 42:16 5-11 2-7 0-0 +15 1 4 1 0 2 0 1 5 12 
A. Bynum C 15:40 2-3 0-0 2-2 +8 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 5
P. Gasol F 49:16 7-14 0-0 2-4 +9 2 10 1 1 1 0 3 4 16 
T. Ariza F 43:32 6-14 3-4 1-2 +15 3 9 2 1 2 0 3 3 16 
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
L. Odom 27:36 4-10 1-2 0-0 +5 2 5 1 0 1 0 2 5
L. Walton 11:08 2-2 0-0 2-4 -6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Farmar 9:06 0-2 0-2 0-0 -3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
J. Powell 8:04 1-2 0-0 0-0 -6 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 2
S. Vujacic 4:08 0-2 0-2 0-0 -3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Mbenga 3:44 0-0 0-0 0-0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
S. Brown 1:38 0-0 0-0 0-0 -4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 38-91 8-23 15-20 10 39 15 7 8 2 10 28 99 
 Percentages:   .418 .348 .750   Team Rebounds: 12
Orlando Magic
Starters Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts 
R. Alston G 27:13 5-13 1-4 0-0 -9 0 1 2 1 1 0 1 2 11 
C. Lee G 7:08 1-4 1-4 1-2 -9 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
D. Howard C 48:45 5-12 0-0 6-14 -11 6 21 2 7 0 9 0 4 16 
R. Lewis F 45:32 2-10 2-6 0-0 -13 0 7 4 3 2 0 0 2
H. Turkoglu F 40:58 8-13 1-3 8-13 -2 0 5 3 1 1 0 0 4 25 
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
M. Pietrus 36:36 4-8 1-2 6-7 -3 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 3 15 
J. Nelson 25:47 1-3 0-0 0-0 +1 1 3 3 1 0 0 0 2
J.J. Redick 17:05 2-6 1-2 1-1 -4 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
T. Battie 11:40 1-3 0-0 0-0 +7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
M. Gortat 4:15 2-2 0-0 0-0 +3 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0
A. Foyle DNP - Coach's Decision
A. Johnson DNP - Coach's Decision
Totals 31-74 7-21 22-37 7 41 17 17 4 10 2 21 91 
 Percentages:   .419 .333 .595   Team Rebounds: 24

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