Orlando Magic won Game 3 of the 2009 NBA Finals against the LA Lakers with a score of 104-108. Dwight Howard and Rashard Lewis scored 21 points apiece on Tuesday night to pull within 2-1.
Kobe Bryant, seeking a fourth title and his first since 2002, scored 31 points for the Lakers but the superstar had just 10 points in the second half and went only 4 of 15 from the field after the first quarter. He also missed five free throws, points that could have given the Lakers that 3-0 lead.
Game 4 is Thursday night, and Game 5 — now necessary — will be at Amway Arena on Sunday.
With their season 48 minutes from all but disappearing, the Magic, hosting their first finals game since 1995, had five players score at least 18 points. Rafer Alston, who was just 3 of 17 from the field n the first two games, had 20 and Hedo Turkoglu and Mickael Pietrus 18 each. – gmanews.tv
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Game 4 of the 2009 NBA Finals is set for Thursday, June 11 at 9 p.m. EST from Orlando’s Amway Arena.
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* Center – Andrew Bynum vs Dwight Howard
* Power Forward – Pau Gasol vs Rashard Lewis
* Small Forward – Trevor Ariza vs Hedo Turkoglu
* Shooting Guard – Kobe Bryant vs Courtney Lee
* Point Guard – Derek Fisher vs Rafer Alston
6-4 Lakers, just over 3 minutes gone.
Orlando up 7-6 after four minutes. Kobe has little interest in staying with Lee on the perimeter. Meanwhile, Dwight is active with six boards and two fouls on Drew
12-11 ORL, halfway through the first. Timeout.
Gasol picks up his second foul. DJ Mbenga in for Gasol.
Kobe picks up his 2nd foul, and Ariza picks up a T. Bennett Salvatore
Pietrus picks up his second, Kobe will go to the line.
Orlando shooting 50%, L.A. shooting 33%. Orlando 12 boards. L.A. 5 boards.
24-20 Orlando after 1st quarter. TONS of foul trouble for the Lakers, 11 rebounds for Howard, and 13 points for Kobe.
Sasha misses his first shot, what a surprise.
Sasha misses another.
Shard hits a three, and the Magic are up 10.
Odom picks up his third.
Bynum back in, also scores on Gortat. Magic by 7.
Big 3 by Kobe there. ORL lead down to 8.
Bynum picks up his 3rd.
Halftime. 49-37 Magic. Kobe with 16, Turkoglu with 15, Howard with 14 boards and 5 blocks.
Hedo picks up his 4th, Ariza to the line for two.
L.A. within 10, 51-41.
L.A. has cut the Magic lead to 5, 54-49. Ariza has seven points and a steal in the first four minutes.
L.A. takes the lead on two Bynum free throws, 55-54.
Howard really active, Bynum had that steal but D12 got to it and Bynum picked up his 4th
Tough shot by Kobe to end the period, and the Lakers take a four-point lead into the fourth, 67-63.
L.A. outscored Orlando 30-14 in the 3rd quarter, Ariza had 13 in the period.
Kobe with a big shot at the end of the quarter. Lakers take a 67-63 lead into the 4th quarter.
Did you see Ariza chase down Pietrus and change that gimme-lay up.
5 fouls on Bynum, same for Odom.
Magic are 15-23 from the free throw line. Lakers? 14-18.
Kobe can’t play fast break defense anymore.
Lakers back up 3 after a spinning shot from Kobe.
Dwight Howard doesn’t seem to show any regard or discretion when it comes to blocking shots.
3:24. Lakers up by one. 79-78
It’s tied up 79-79. Magic not shooting free throws well.
L.A. down 3, 87-84, with the ball and 11 seconds.
Just like last game, Magic had no intention of inbounding the ball there. Ran a fake play to see what the Lakers would do, just like Game 2.
We go to overtime, 87-87.
Gasol dominating on D in OT.
Howard with a triple double: 16 points, 21 rebounds, 10 blocks.
Tied up 91-91.
Lakers up by 5 after the dunk from Gasol.
99-91 is your final, Lakers are one win away from a championship. See you back here for Game 5 on Sunday.