Orlando Magic

Dwight Howard and Orlando Magic Lose Game Two in an OT Thriller

Jake CohenCorrespondent IJune 9, 2009

After a blowout Game One in the NBA finals, the Orlando Magic were defeated again by the Los Angeles Lakers in an overtime thriller.

Courtney Lee was given two chances to win the game, but he came up short in both. Stan Van Gundy drew up a brilliant play off an inbounds pass to get Lee what seemed to be an easy lay-up which rattled out of the rim that led to a losing effort.

Dwight Howard has had no effect in the series as he is shooting a horrible 37.5 percent from the field. Throughout the entire playoffs, Howard has only made three shots out of the paint, and in this series against the Lakers, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, and Lamar Odom have done a magnificent job of stopping him from getting position down low.

The only high point for the Magic so far has been Rashard Lewis, who scored nearly all of the Magic's points in the first half of Game Two.

Also, the Magic's bench has been severely over matched by the efforts of the Lakers' bench who have continued to get better as the playoffs have progressed. After two devastating losses, the Magic are headed home for three games. If things don't turn around, Kobe Bryant will be adding a fourth ring to his collection.

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