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6/4/09 Magic at Lakers Game 1
June 4, 2009
Dwight Howard realizes that this was just one game and it is a long series.
Mickael Pietrus led Orlando with 14 points off the bench in Game 1 of The Finals.
Jameer Nelson recorded six points and four assists in his first game back since injuring his shoulder in early February. He saw more than 23 minutes of action.
The Magic will have an opportunity to forget Thursday's Game 1 performance when they take the court again in Game 2 on Sunday night in Los Angeles.
Hedo Turkoglu registered 13 points, but the Magic couldn't slow down the Lakers in a Game 1 defeat on Thursday.
It was a long day for Dwight Howard. But he realizes it was just Game 1 and he will work even harder to improve in Game 2.
The Magic just couldn't find an answer to Kobe Bryant, who erupted for a Finals career-best 40 points for the Lakers in Game 1.
Marcin Gortat played meaningful minutes in Game 1 of The Finals and notched eight rebounds and four blocked shots.
Dwight Howard posted another double-double, but nor he or the rest of the Magic were able to establish an effective rhythm in Game 1 on Thursday in L.A.
It was really special to see Jameer Nelson return to the court for the first time since suffering his shoulder injury in February.
Olympic teammates and gold medalists in Beijing Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard shake hands to wish each other luck prior to the start of Game 1 of The Finals.
You have to love the excitement of pregame introductions. Dwight Howard got to experience the fun in The Finals for the first time in his career on Thursday.
Jameer Nelson makes his entrance into STAPLES Center with the possibility in mind that he may take the court.
Looking spiffy Rafer! Alston shines in his pregame attire on Thursday.
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