The Magic, despite a poor shooting first half and a litany of turnovers throughout the game, gave Los Angeles all they could handle as the Lakers escaped with the victory in overtime, as the Magic missed a brilliant chance to win the game in regulation at the buzzer, with Courtney Lee's running layup attempt off a Hedo Turkoglu inbounds pass with .6 seconds remaining was just a little strong.
Both teams started out bad, as they combined for a Finals-record low 30 points in the first quarter tied at 15 after one. The Magic never could get the lead in the second quarter as the Lakers went into the half with a 40-35 lead.
After the Magic closed within 40-37 to open the third, neither team had more than a three point lead as the Magic had their best quarter of the finals, scoring 30 points for a 65-63 advantage going into the fourth. Once again in the fourth, neither team had more than a three point lead. The Magic's last lead came at 88-86 with 47 seconds remaining after a Turkoglu jumper, but a Pau Gasol layup tied it at 88. The Lakers had their own chance to win late, but Bryant's runner in the lane was blocked from behind by Turkoglu, which set up the final play of regulation for the Magic which came so close to being a game-winner.
The Magic's only lead of the overtime was 91-90, with the Lakers taking the lead for good 92-91 with 2:18 remaining, with their lead as much as 97-91 with 1:14 remaining. The Magic came within 99-96 with 26.2 seconds remaining, but free throws clinched the win for the Lakers.
Magic leading scorers
Rashard Lewis: 34 points (12 of 21 field goals, 6 of 12 three point FGs), 11 rebounds, 7 assists
Hedo Turkoglu: 22 points (8 of 17 field goals, 3 of 6 three point FGs), 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 turnovers
Dwight Howard: 17 points (5 of 10 field goals, 7 of 9 free throws), 16 rebounds, 4 steals, 4 blocks, 7 turnovers
Los Angeles leading scorers
Kobe Bryant: 29 points (10 of 22 field goals, 8 of 10 free throws), 8 assists, 2 steals, 7 turnovers
Pau Gasol: 24 points (7 of 14 field goals, 10 of 11 free throws), 10 rebounds, 2 steals
Lamar Odom: 19 points (8 of 9 field goals), 8 rebounds
Derek Fisher: 12 points (4 of 9 field goals), 3 steals
Overall Game Statistics
FG%: LA 46.2% (36 of 78) ORL 41.8% (33 of 79)
3 PT FG%: ORL 33.3% (10 of 30) LA 33.3% (5 of 15)
FT%: LA 85.7% (24 of 28) ORL 74.1% (20 of 27)
REB: ORL 44 (10 offensive) LA 35 (4 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 22/20 LA 20/12
BENCH: LA 23 ORL 17
Other game notes and stats:
-Lewis, Turkoglu, and Howard combined to shoot 25 of 48 for 73 points; the rest of the Magic 8 of 31 for 23 points
-The Magic shot just 4 of 14 in the first quarter, and 12 of 37 for the first half
-Lewis scored 18 of the Magic's 20 second quarter points on 7 of 10 shooting, including 4 of 6 three pointers; the rest of the Magic combined to shoot 1 of 13 in the quarter
-Lewis shot 8 of 12 in the first half; the rest of the Magic combined to shoot 4 of 25
-The Magic shot 21 of 41 from the field in the second half and overtime
-Rafer Alston and Courtney Lee combined to shoot 2 of 11 for 6 points, and were outscored by the Lakers' starting guards 41-6
-Alston did have a 5/1 assist/turnover ratio
-Jameer Nelson played nearly 17 minutes off the bench, scoring 4 points on 1 of 3 shooting with an assist
-J.J. Redick led the Magic bench with 5 points, but shot just 2 of 9, including 1 of 6 three pointers
-The Magic bench combined to shoot 6 of 20 from the field, including 1 of 8 three pointers
-The Magic starting frontline outscored the Lakers starting frontline 73-37, and outrebounded them 33-18
-The Lakers made 20 of 21 free throws in the second half and overtime
Here is the complete box score
Here is the complete recap
from Yahoo! Sports
Game 3 will be Tuesday night in Orlando.