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Friday, June 05, 2009

NBA Finals Game 1: Lakers 100 Magic 75

Despite the return of Jameer Nelson for the first time in four months, the Magic played their worst game of the playoffs and possibly their worst game of the season, as the Lakers were led by Kobe Bryant's 40 points in a 100-75 rout over the Magic. The Magic could only shoot 29.9% from the field, with Dwight Howard making just one field goal.

Things actually started off relatively well for the Magic, as the Magic led 24-22 at the end of one and 33-28 with 8:39 remaining in the second quarter. The Lakers came back to lead 53-43 at the half, as Nelson played the whole second quarter in his first game since February 4th.

The closest the Magic could get in the second half was 59-50 with 8:20 remaining, as the Lakers poured it on from that point. The Lakers led 82-58 going into the fourth quarter, and saw their lead swell by as much as 88-60 before cruising to the final.

Magic leading scorers

Mickael Pietrus: 14 points (5 of 13 field goals)
Hedo Turkoglu: 13 points (3 of 11 field goals), 4 rebounds
Dwight Howard: 12 points (1 of 6 field goals), 15 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks

Lakers leading scorers

Kobe Bryant (16 of 34 field goals), 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks
Pau Gasol: 16 points (7 of 12 field goals), 8 rebounds, 2 blocks
Lamar Odom: 11 points (5 of 11 field goals), 14 rebounds

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: LA 46.1% (41 of 89) ORL 29.9% (23 of 77)
3 PT FG%: ORL 34.8% (8 of 23) LA 33.3% (3 of 9)
FT%: LA 83.3% (15 of 18) ORL 72.4% (21 of 29)
REB: LA 55 (15 offensive) ORL 41 (10 offensive)
AST/TO: LA 18/9 ORL 10/8

Other game notes and stats:

-The Magic, after leading 33-28, were outscored 72-42 the rest of the way
-The Lakers outscored the Magic on two point baskets 76-30
-The Lakers' starters outscored the Magic starters 77-46
-The Magic starters combined to shoot 11 of 46 from the field
-The Magic made just 9 of 38 field goals in the second half
-The Lakers shot a combined 25 of 45 from the field in the second and third quarters
-Bryant attempted 34 field goal attempts, the other four Lakers' starters combined for 30 field goal attempts
-Bryant had just six less points than the entire Magic starting lineup
-The Magic starting frontline combined to shoot 6 of 27 from the field for 33 points
-Nelson played over 23 minutes and led the Magic with four assists; the rest of the Magic combined for six assists
-Only Marcin Gortat (2 of 4 FG) and J.J. Redick (1 of 2 FG) shot 50% for the Magic
-Marcin Gortat blocked four shots for the Magic in 20 minutes

The Magic will have two days off to recover from their 25 point loss; Game 2 is Sunday night.

Here is the complete game recap from nba.com

Here is the complete box score from nba.com


  • At 1:32 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I was actually feeling really good when the Magic were ahead 33-28... it's amazing how fast the Lakers took over the game.

    No excuses here... the Lakers really took it to the Magic. Bryant was tremendous, with Gasol and Odom having their usual solid game. Fisher had a good game also, making the majority of his shots and not committing a turnover in 32 minutes.

    No Magic starter had anything close to a good game; Howard, Lewis, and Turk combined for six field goals the whole game... you know that's not going to happen again.

    The good news is that as bad as this game was, it was only one loss. The Magic's goal of splitting the first two games can still be attained by winning Game 2.

  • At 1:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You can do better, you are the best. Beat La. You can do it.You'll do it.
    It has been only a wrong day
    Stefano Italy

  • At 6:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    God is with, You will do it! Get focused....Play YOUR game....For 48 minutes! ONE Game at a time! One in LA would be AWESOME!

  • At 9:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My lakers got it done last night, Magic is overmatched by the black mamba! Dont worry Orlando fans it will all be over soon.

    Go Lakeshow.

  • At 9:52 AM, Anonymous KB24trophy said…

    Yes, agreed the Lakers took it to the magic, looks like it will be an easy series for Kobe Bryant, he will put up some big numbers as no one on the Magic plays defense, There so called defensive player the year howard couldnt stop anyone last night. I would have given it to Artest or Lebron they are much better on ball defenders than Howard.

  • At 10:30 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    SVG probably over-thought the jameer nelson effect. He used jameer a little too long in the second quarter thinking that because he hasnt played in so long that he should give him some extended minutes. Skip Bayless (the real one) said this morning on first take "Letting jameer nelson finish the second quarter might go down as the biggest coaching blunder in NBA finals history","the magic went from being up 5 at the end of 1 to down 10 at the half". I would have to agree with skip,the problem with him playing jameer that much is that this isnt the time to experiment with minutes played. RA is the starter so he should have finished the half. Jameer gave us a good spark but it seemed to wear off halfway through the second quarter. Moving on,all three of the things i talked about in my pre-game the magic did well in the first quarter,Dwight was getting to the line,RA was going to the basket and we didnt allow many lay-ups or second chance shots. The next three quarters,not so good. The good thing about it is that if the magic hit their open shots (which they got a ton)they can beat LA. If they watch the first quarter they'll see that they had control of the game,and that they stopped doing the things that had them in the game after one period.

  • At 10:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    haha...the only reason you were up after 1 was bc Kobe was finding his shot, when he did its game over for the magic. series over! The black mamba will drop 40 every game, magic is a terrible team, they would have faced better competition if they played Boston/clevleand/Atlanta. orlando is just overmatched, and they are not good.

  • At 10:53 AM, Anonymous D's F said…

    Interesting how the tune of your posts change Mike from Illinois, I remember you posting this earlier this week.

    "LOL... (1)Kobe gets ring,(2)Zen will outcoach SVG,(3)lakers dominate the paint,(4)magic almost lost to celtics,(5)and we're a bandwagon state. Got it,thanks for clearing that up. LOL. Magic thursday night 8:30 tune in and watch us shock the world!!!"

    Hmm...well i tuned in and yes you did shock the world, you lost by 25 instead of the 15 that everyone predicted, this post proves you know nothing about basketball...lol

  • At 10:55 AM, Anonymous D's F said…

    My apologies Mike, it was "big figure" who posted this...the joke is on him-and also havent seen him on here posting today? could this be because his team sucks and got embarassed on national tv last night.

  • At 11:34 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Say what you want. Just remember where you are. Your on a magic blog,talking to dedicated magic fans,whether you say good things or bad things about me or the magic it doesnt matter. What matters is the fact that you love this blog,it has become your life and your not even a fan of the magic,to the contributers good work guys!

  • At 11:37 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    And to the haters,thanks for all the support!!!

  • At 11:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wrong again big figure, are you wanting all of us to tune in again to watch you "shock the world" again and lose by 30 this time. The magic is a joke.

  • At 1:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    board is quiet today...could it be because the Magic got their butts handed to them? HMM...........

    Kobe is getting his 4th ring

  • At 2:00 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    I'm putting my foot down and killing any trolls who post personal attacks rather than commenting on the teams and the games. (Not that this is official policy because Matt vs. anyone is always too fun to kill! Where are you Matt? And no, I didn't mean to call you a troll!)

    That said, the Magic PG play last night pretty much sucked. Skip (Alston) seemed to do everything but the correct thing, and Nelson was afraid to shoot. This will have to change for game two.

    It was a nice change to see a referee crew who could call a good game.

  • At 2:17 PM, Anonymous Ron said…

    agreed re: officials, If the cavs had this sort of good officiating Lebron vs Kobe would be in full swing last night, but they did not and you see Lebron getting hit in the face and no whistle being blown, saddens me when the players dont decide a game-let alone a series.

  • At 2:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


  • At 3:23 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I don't think anyone is denying that the Magic played bad in Game 1; the effort and execution on both sides of the ball left a lot to be desired for the Magic, while the Lakers played well and deserved the win.

    The Magic have proven they are a very resilient team in the playoffs, though. Even Kobe Bryant said so in the post-game press conference.

    After the 76ers took a 2-1 series lead over the Magic, the Magic came back to win three games in a row; after Boston blew out the Magic in Game 2 of their series, the Magic won Game 3 going away; after Davis's buzzer-beater in Game 4 and the Game 5 collapse against Boston, the Magic won two games in a row to take the series; after the miracle shot from LeBron in Game 2 of the ECF, the Magic won 2 games in a row; and after a solid Game 5 Cavs win, the Magic won the series in Game 6.

    I think it's safe to say that the Magic will shoot better than 30% in future games and that the starting lineup for the Magic will combine to make more than 11 field goals.

    As bad as Game 1 was for the Magic, they have faced adversity many times in these playoffs and have bounced back well.

    Good job on deleting the trolls who post the personal attacks, WeR!

    I'm wondering where Matt is, too... I'm sure he really would have loved my earlier post on Otis Smith's brilliant moves this season!

  • At 4:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    lakers win! Lakers win!

    Kobe will sweep away this magic you speak of.

    Lakers in 4

  • At 6:39 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    I don't think anyone can win shooting only 29.9 pct. We got all the open looks we wanted, the shots just weren't falling last nite. That won't continue.

    I agree they shouldn't have had Jameer finishing out the first half. When Stephen Jackson was going on and on about how Jameer should play starter minutes and SVG leaves him in, it wasn't going to turn out well.. The Magic will make adjustments. Thats why they play 7 games.

    The Magic proved they can move the ball and get open shots everytime down the floor. If they hit 40-45% of them, it's a different game.. Bring on game 2.

  • At 9:11 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    You mean Mark Jackson, Ken.

    Stephen Jackson still plays with the Warriors.

  • At 11:10 PM, Blogger jan said…

    Hey Magic Fans,

    You had a very good run with an upcoming team. If you are healthy next year with Finals experience, who knows?

    Say, 55 Chevy, what makes "God with your Team" and against ours???!!!

    There is no way on the planet, baring injuries that the Magic take the Lakers now 4 out of 6 games, two in Staples. If you believe that, your BBall IQ is low. I give you one game maybe two in the series.

    The Magic are two good a team to get swept...

    Lakers will continue to hammer Howard across the arms on the low post, not many easy baskets this series.

    GO LAKERS! #15 is in the bag!!

  • At 12:02 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    Thanks Mike, i did mean Mark Jackson...

  • At 1:14 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    Sorry for my involuntary absence. I was turned off by the nice piece on Smith! Kidding?! But really I was working so hard before my departure for home. I am currently in Dubai en-route to Orlando and could watch some games close by if they leave me alone.

    It is nonsensical to read some of the stuff from Boston, Cleveland and now LA basketball experts!!! After all we beat these guys twice in the regular season. Armchair basketball coaches can say what they want, but we on this blog know basketball, and we never exaggerated Magic's strength.

    It is true that Magic played very poorly, and that includes three main players being Dwight, Rashard, and Hedo. Adding the fact that PGs have also played so bad, no wonder that LA won easily. Shooting under 30%? We should have lost by a ton not just a mere 25 points. I give credit to LA's defense even their front players being so effective on Dwight and Rashard while Kobe made sure to get Hedo under control. The loss was dissapointing but by no means discouraging. That all could change on a dime from game to game, as Mike has documented so precisely.

    I read somebody wrote that now Magic has to win 4 out of 6 which does not mean anything, and even if it does why not? Let's say that we lose the second game in LA still nothing has changed in the complexion of the series. After all the series start when a team loses at home. But all armchair coaches, watch out if Magic wins the second game in LA, which I am not saying is gonna happen, but just WATCH OUT!!! I expect that Magic will come in prepared for the second game. SVG will establish Dwight early on - Bynum cannot defnd Dwight - and that helps establishing the perimeter game and that is where Magic is most efficient. I cannot imagine that both Rashard and Hedo can shoot too poorly two games in a row

    GO MAGIC!!!!!!!!!!

  • At 4:42 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Matt... the world traveler!

    I know you're real busy with your job, but nice to know you can still follow the Magic and watch the games!

  • At 12:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    apparently they are still allowing the zebras for the finals to bet on the games

  • At 12:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    apparently they are still allowing the zebras for the finals to bet on the games


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