Lakers Gameday | 06/11/09 | Lakers 99, Magic 91 - NBA Finals Game 4

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Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT Final
Los Angeles Lakers 20 17 30 20 12 99
Orlando Magic 24 25 14 24 4 91
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Lakers Game Leaders
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Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant
32 Points
Field Goals: 11 of 31
FG: 36%
Pau Gasol Pau Gasol
10 Rebounds
Defensive: 8
Offensive: 2
Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant
8 Assists
7 Rebounds
1 Block
Derek Fisher Derek Fisher
+15
12 Points
4 Rebounds

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  • STARTERS
    Los Angeles Lakers Orlando Magic
    Guard
    Derek Fisher
    D. Fisher
    Guard
    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant
    Forward
    Trevor Ariza
    T. Ariza
    Forward
    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol
    Center
    Andrew Bynum
    A. Bynum
    Guard
    Rafer Alston
    R. Alston
    Guard
    Courtney Lee
    C. Lee
    Forward
    Hedo Turkoglu
    H. Turkoglu
    Forward
    Rashard Lewis
    R. Lewis
    Center
    Dwight Howard
    D. Howard

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    • POST-GAME
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    Fisher's big 3-pointers lift Lakers to Game 4 win

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Kobe Bryant is one win from an NBA title to call his own. Derek Fisher got him there. Fisher forced overtime with a 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left in regulation and then drilled another one with 31.3 seconds to go in overtime as the Los Angeles Lakers outlasted the Orlando Magic 99-91 in Game 4 on Thursday night to open a 3-1 lead in the NBA finals.

    It was the first time since 1984, when Magic Johnson's Lakers and Larry Bird's Celtics hooked up, that two games in a finals have gone to overtime.

    When the clock expired, Bryant, trying to win his first championship without Shaquille O'Neal, looked at Tiger Woods and wiped sweat from his brow in relief. Fisher, who has bailed out the Lakers in plenty of big games before, thrust both arms in the air in triumph.

    The Lakers can wrap up their 15th title on Sunday night in Game 5.

    Bryant finished with 32 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Trevor Ariza and Pau Gasol each had 16 for Los Angeles, which came back from a 12-point halftime deficit. Ariza had 13 of the Lakers' 30 points in the third quarter.

    The Lakers are 7-0 following a loss in this postseason.

    Unless they can force a Game 6, the Magic will remember this as another finals game that got away.

    Dwight Howard was magnificent everywhere but at the free-throw line. Orlando's superman of a center had 16 points, 21 rebounds and a finals-record nine blocks. But he made just 6 of 14 foul shots, and it was his two crucial misses with 11.1 seconds to go in regulation that doomed the Magic.

    First, Fisher, who has made a career of hitting memorable shots in clutch situations, pulled up and without hesitating dropped a 3-pointer over Orlando's Jameer Nelson with 4.6 seconds left to tie it 87-87. The shot stunned the Magic's maniacal crowd, which was hoping the home team could win its second straight finals game after dropping its first six.

    "I was just going to take over and kind of survey the situation but Nelson was giving me a lot of space and I like to step into those 3s," Fisher said. "Even though I wasn't making them, I felt like I could do that. I felt good to help the team that way."

    Fisher had missed his first five 3s, but came up with one the little left-hander will cherish forever.

    "My teammates and my coaches kept giving me that confidence to continue to believe in myself," Fisher said. "I wanted to come through for the guys."

    Just as they did in Game 2, Orlando had one final try, and this time guard Courtney Lee, who misfired on a tougher-than-it-looked layup in that loss, wasn't on the floor. The Magic inbounded the ball to Mickael Pietrus, but his long and contested jumper was off.

    Bryant scored two quick baskets in the overtime, and Howard tied it when he split two free throws with 1:27 remaining.

    On L.A.'s next trip, Ariza grabbed his own miss to get another 24 seconds and Fisher lined up and drilled his 3-pointer from the top of the key to make it 94-91.

    As he retreated down court and Orlando called a timeout, the Lakers bench stormed onto the court and surrounded the popular 34-year-old Fisher, who came back to the team after a short stint in Utah.


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    LAKERS - MAGIC PREVIEW

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) No athlete on the planet - well, at least on this side of the putting green from Tiger Woods - closes quite like Kobe Bryant. He's the ice-in-his-veins killer. The Terminator. The one you call to finish the job. Mr. Clutch.

    He owns the fourth quarter. Most of the time.

    But in Game 3 of the NBA finals on Tuesday night, Bryant, looking tired and mortal, gave new life to the here-they-come-again Orlando Magic, who shot a finals record 63 percent in a 108-104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers and snapped an 0-for-6 franchise mark in the finals.

    With the Lakers eyeing a chance to open a 3-0 series lead and with a fourth title that he has obsessed about almost within his reach, Bryant slipped up.

    Woods, arms folded on his chest, sat courtside and watched Bryant falter.

    The Magic saw it, too. They don't expect to see it again.

    "We have to understand,'' Magic guard Rafer Alston said as the teams worked out in preparation of Thursday's Game 4. "He's not one to let it happen on back-to-back occasions.''

    Bryant and the Lakers have been bouncing back since the start of the postseason. Pursuing a 15th NBA crown one year after losing to the Boston Celtics, they are 6-0 after a playoff loss. They can regain control of the best-of-seven series, but they'd better be careful not to give Orlando any more momentum.

    As they showed in Game 3, the Magic can shoot holes through any dream.

    Lakers coach Phil Jackson feels his team can do more defensively to stop the Magic's marksmen, but sometimes nothing can be done when shots are dropping.

    "You've got to give credit where credit is due,'' he said. "They hit shots.''

    Bryant came out intent to land a knockout shot in Game 3. He eased into the offensive flow, but then went on a tear, scoring 17 points in the final 5:41 of the first quarter. At halftime, he had 21 and although the Magic were shooting an unconscious 75 percent, the Lakers trailed by only four points.

    But in the second half, Bryant, who because of his commitment to USA Basketball has been playing nearly nonstop for three years, wore down. He shot just 3 of 10 from the field and missed four free throws. In the fourth quarter, normally his signature time, he went 2 of 6, missed all three 3-point attempts and had the ball stolen on a crucial possession in the last 30 seconds.

    On Wednesday, Bryant, who has been alternately surly and serene with the media throughout this series, took offense to the notion that he had "hit the wall'' in the fourth quarter.

    "As far as me hitting the wall, so what if I did?'' Bryant wondered. "I didn't, but so what if I did?''

    What does it mean if you did?

    "It means nothing,'' he countered.

    Because?

    "Because I'll run straight through it.''

    Jackson knew his superstar was fatigued in Game 3 and sat him for nearly five minutes at the start of the fourth quarter so he would have energy in the closing minutes. But the cumulative effect of Orlando's defense and Bryant working so hard early on caught up to him.

    The Lakers aren't used to Kobe not being Kobe with the game on the line.

    "Am I surprised?'' center Pau Gasol said. "I guess you could say that because most of the time he is effective and does finish well. "That's why everybody talks about him being a clutch player, which he deserves and earned. The last game really didn't go that well, but we expect the next game to be a different story.''

    Following Games 1 and 2, it appeared this series matching one of the league's most famed franchises and a relative upstart would be a brief one. The Magic had made their way to their first finals since 1995 on the strength of Dwight Howard's inside game and superior outside shooting. But in L.A., Orlando was just O.K.

    However, back on their home floor and in front of their frenzied fans, the Magic shot like no team in 360 previous finals games.

    During one stretch in the opening half, Orlando made a remarkable 21 of 24 shots.

    Like nearly every afternoon in steamy Central Florida, the Magic can heat up in a hurry. Yet despite having two records set against them and not playing with discipline on defense, the Lakers only lost by four points. They missed 10 free throws and had some costly turnovers.

    But this loss stung, and Bryant, who characterized his late-game performance as "disappointing,'' said he and his teammates are not taking any consolation from their close call.

    The Magic, who made an NBA record 23 3-pointers in a win at Sacramento in January and dropped 17 3s on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals, can shoot the lights out again.

    "They're in this position because they shoot the ball well,'' Bryant said. "It's not something that is just a fluke or one game where they got hot. I mean, they get hot and stay hot. When that happens, you're dealing with a monster.''

    Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy had no explanation for his team's record-setting shooting spree. The Magic shot just 29.9 percent in Game 1 and 41.8 percent in Game 2.

    "Our ball movement was good, but I don't care how good your ball movement is and the quality of shot you get,'' he said. "You're not going to put the ball in the basket at that rate very often. But it's one of those nights, thankfully, that a lot of shots went down.''

    As Van Gundy concluded his mandatory media interview session, a moderator announced that the Magic's practice would be open for 30 minutes.

    "No practice,'' Van Gundy hollered as he left the dais. "But you can watch them shoot around.''

    As if they need the work.


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    LAKERS SCOUTING REPORT

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    LAKERS IN THE NBA FINALS

  • This is the Lakers 24th trip to the NBA Finals since moving to Los Angeles (30th overall) and 15th since Dr. Jerry Buss purchased the team prior to 1979-80.
  • In 23 trips to the NBA Finals since moving to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 season, the Lakers are 9-14 all-time (14-15 overall) and 8-6 under Buss.
  • The Lakers are 83-86 all-time in the NBA Finals (63-71 Los Angeles, 20-15 Minneapolis).
  • Since the NBA went to the 2-3-2 format prior to the 1985 Finals, the Lakers are 6-4 overall & 5-1 when holding home-court advantage (1987, 1988, 2000-02, 2004).
  • The Lakers are 11-3 all-time in the NBA Finals when holding home court advantage (7-3 Los Angeles, 4-0 Minneapolis).
  • The Lakers are now 15-15 in Game #1 of the NBA Finals (11-13 Los Angeles, 4-2 Minneapolis).
  • When winning Game #1 of the NBA Finals, the Lakers are 9-5 all-time (5-5 Los Angeles, 4-0 Minneapolis). Game 1 winner in NBA Finals history is 45-17 all-time … In 2-3-2 Finals format, Game 1 winner is 18-7 all-time.
  • The Lakers are now 14-16 in Game #2 of the NBA Finals (12-12 Los Angeles, 2-4 Minneapolis).
  • When winning Game #1 and #2 of the NBA Finals, the Lakers are 4-1 all-time (3-1 Los Angeles, 1-0 Minneapolis).
  • The Lakers are 17-12 in Game #3 of the NBA Finals (12-11 Los Angeles, 5-1 Minneapolis).
  • When leading 2-0, the Lakers are 2-3 in Game #3 of the NBA Finals (1-3 Los Angeles, 1-0 Minneapolis).
  • MAGIC POST BEST SHOOTING PERFORMANCE IN NBA FINALS HISTORY; SET LAKERS OPPONENT PLAYOFF RECORD AS WELL
    In the Lakers 104-108 Game 3 loss to Orlando, the Magic shot 40-of-64 from the field (.625) to mark the best single-game team shooting performance in NBA Finals history. The previous Finals mark for best shooting game by a team occurred on June 5, 1991, when Chicago shot 50-of-81 from the field (.617) to defeat the Lakers 107-86 in Game Two of the NBA Finals. Furthermore, the Magic shot 24-of-32 (.750) in the first half, establishing an all-time Finals record for the highest-shooting half. The prior best shooting half in the Finals also occurred against the Lakers, when Philadelphia shot 36-of-51 (.706) in a half on June 6, 1982, in a 135-102 Game 5 victory over Los Angeles. In shooting .625 from the field, the Magic also set a Lakers opponent playoff record for shooting in a playoff game, previously held by Milwaukee, who shot 52-of- 84 (.619) in a 94-117 win over the Lakers in Game 4 of the 1971 Western Conference Finals on 4/16/71.

    BRYANT RECORDS 3rd CAREER POSTSEASON FOUR-POINT PLAY, 11th IN NBA FINALS HISTORY
    In the first quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Finals on June 9, Kobe Bryant converted the 27th four-point play in Lakers franchise history (22 regular season and 5 playoffs). With his three-pointer and free throw, Bryant, who owns the most four-point plays in team history with ten overall (7 regular season, 3 postseason), recorded the 11th fourpoint play in NBA Finals history (Bryant 6/9/09, Paul Pierce 6/5/08, Manu Ginobili 6/10/07, Josh Howard 6/11/06, Jerry Stackhouse 6/11/06, Reggie Miller 6/16/00, Glen Rice 6/14/00, Hersey Hawkins 6/14/96, Toni Kukoc 6/5/96, Scott Wedman 6/7/85, Andrew Toney 6/1/82).

    FINALS BREAKDOWN
    The Lakers 101-96 victory over the Magic June 7 marked the 13th time (5th straight season) the home team has won the first two games since the NBA Finals went to the 2-3-2 format in 1985. In 11 of the previous 12 instances, the home team winning both Games One and Two has gone on to win the NBA Championship (the lone exception since 1985 came in 2006, when Dallas won the first two games at home but lost the next four straight to Miami). In NBA Finals history, a team has now gone up 2-0 in The Finals 31 times, with only three teams ever coming back from a 0-2 deficit to win the NBA Title (1969 Boston Celtics, 1977 Portland Trail Blazers, 2006 Miami Heat).

    SLOW START
    With the Lakers and Magic tied up 15-15 at the end of the first quarter in Game 2 on June 7, the two teams combined for just 30 first quarter points, establishing an NBA Finals record for the fewest combined points in a first quarter since the inception of the shot clock in 1954-55. The prior Finals first quarter combined low was 31 points, when the Celtics led the Lakers 16-15 after the first period in Game Four of the NBA Finals on 4/29/69. Overall, the fewest combined points in a quarter in the Finals since the inception of the shot clock is 27, which has occurred three times, most recently by the Spurs (15) and Cavaliers (12) in Game Three of the 2007 Finals.

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