Orlando Magic Finally Break Finals Hoodoo

Randy BrokebackContributor IJune 10, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 09:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up for a shot against Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic as Howard was called for a foul in Game Three of the 2009 NBA Finals 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)

Well, the big beast Dwight Howard and his Orlando Magic finally did it.  They won the first Finals game in team history after dropping their previous five.

How did they beat the Lakers to avoid a 3-0 series deficit?  In a nutshell, they shot better from the field, hitting 62.5 percent of their shots compared to the 51.3 percent shooting for the Lakers.

Typically, when a team shoots more than 10 percent better from the field than their opponents, the game is as good as over before the fourth quarter even begins.  Not so last night.

In a game in which the Magic also shot more than 15 percent better from the charity stripe than the Lakers and held their own in most other statistical categories, the narrow margin of victory of just four points is somewhat worrying. 

It would suggest that Orlando will struggle to notch Finals victory number two unless they can somehow manage to shoot the lights out again in one of the remaining games of this series.

In the close series’ against the Sixers and the Celtics, the Magic played inconsistently.  They would shot lights out in one game and looked like world beaters, then they’d go cold from the field and struggle to remain competitive just two days later.

Against the Lakers, shooting lights out provides only a narrow victory in front of the Orlando home crowd.  As a Dwight Howard and Magic fan, I am concerned.