Magic Take Lead Into Halftime Against Lakers

Randy BrokebackContributor IJune 9, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 09:  Mickael Pietrus #20 of the Orlando Magic goes up for a dunk in the second quarter of Game Three of the 2009 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on June 9, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

In Game Three of the Finals series between Orlando and Los Angeles, the Magic hold a slight edge over the visiting Lakers.

Kobe Bryant, the beautiful Black Mamba, leads all scorers with 21 points at the half on eight of 15 shooting, including three of four from three-point range.

As a team, however, the Magic have outshot the Lakers by a substantial margin. With four players in double-figures, the Magic have knocked down an incredible 24 of their 32 shot attempts to post a 75 field goal percentage. The Magic also hold a slight edge in rebounds.

With only a narrow five point lead to show for their efforts, though, the Magic may have difficulty holding off the Lakers in the second half.  The Magic will not shoot the ball as well the second stanza, so they will have to make adjustments in other areas of their game if they have any hope of avoiding a 3-0 deficit heading into Game Four.

Come on, Dwight, you big beast, put up a fight!