Posted by: Jeremy | June 10, 2009

Magic win Game 3, might actually make this interesting


Superman, demonstrating how Orlando shot 62.5% from the field

Superman, demonstrating how Orlando shot 62.5% from the field

It turns out the Orlando Magic can shoot, and we suddenly have a series on our hands as a result. Just five days after shooting a sparkling 29.9% from the field in Game 1, Orlando bounced back to shoot a Finals-record 62.5% (40-of-64) tonight, notching a 108-104 win in Game 3 to cut Kobe’s series lead to 2-1.

Every Magic player that saw the floor made at least half their shots except Marcin Gortat, who missed his only attempt in five minutes of action. Dwight Howard (5-of-6) and Rashard Lewis (8-of-14) led Orlando with 21 points apiece, while Hedo Turkoglu (7-of-12) chipped in 18 and added six boards and seven assists. Even Rafter Alston, a career 38.6% shooter, made 8-of-12 field goals and scored 20 points. By the way, can we get Sam Mitchell’s opinion on a team run by Alston making it to the Finals? Don’t worry Sam, I’m as miffed as you are.

The Lakers hung tight in this one, chipping away at Orlando’s fourth quarter lead and tying the game with just under three minutes to go before letting the Magic pull away. Some guy named Kobe Bryant led Los Angeles with 31 points, but misfired on 11 of 15 shots after the first quarter and missed five free throws.

Anyway, a tight Game 2 and an Orlando win in Game 3 is making this look like it might be an interesting Finals, despite the lack of LeBron. Orlando is home for Game 4, which tips Thursday night at 9.

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  1. hey, the magic played incredible but do you think they can keep it up? i dont think its time to get too carried away for the magic just yet. discuss here:

    http://thebleacherbums.wordpress.com/2009/06/10/do-you-believe-in-magic/

  2. Well, considering how close they kept Game 2, I think they have a shot…

  3. HISTORY SAYS DIFFERENT… but it’s Magic, who says history can be made this year. Great games, a lot better then watching the Boston “annoying” Celtics play.


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