Somehow this game doesn't make any sense. The Lakers should have lost this game big and suddenly the scoreboard in the end shows they won by eight points.
How did this happen? The Magic let this game escape them.
The Magic were supposed to make their free throws and they failed to execute at that. The big statistic of this game was that they went 23 for 37 at the charity stripe. Hedo Turkoglu missed five of those free throws and Dwight Howard missed eight of them.
Another thing is that they had more turnovers early on. The Magic had 17 turnovers throughout the game while the Lakers only had seven.
This game was a defensive struggle when it started with both teams being cold. The Magic however were much more cold from the field.
The Magic were leading by 12 at halftime and they should have been hot making their shots down the stretch. Instead, the Lakers used that score as motivation and took the lead by four after three quarters.
The last thing that was a factor was Jameer Nelson. He did not defend the three point shot at all against Derek Fisher.
The whole world knew what the Lakers were going to do in shoot for a three to tie, but Nelson didn't defend it well at all. He looked caught up in the moment losing his composure.
On the other hand, Derek Fisher finally came out with a few clutch shots when it mattered most. He was cold most of the game including an 0 for 5 from the three point line before making the game tying three.
Kobe Bryant almost tried taking the game himself but then the supporting cast came through.
Trevor Ariza sparked the third quarter rally that brought the Lakers back in this game.
There may have been technicals early, and the Lakers may have been cold to start with a ton of players in early foul trouble, but it's not how you start, it's how you finish.
This will go down in Orlando history as an "Orlando Tragic game."
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