Orlando Looses Second Overtime Game As Lakers Take 3-1 Series Lead.
After getting their first finals win in franchise history in Game Three the Orlando Magic started off fast in Game Four. The hot shooting they had in Game Three carried over into the first half of Game Four. If not for turnovers by the Magic the Lakers might have been out of the game early.
The Lakers get in foul trouble in the opening quarter with Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, and Andrew Bynum each having three fouls. Because of the foul trouble the Lakers play their whole bench in the first half. Orlando shot over 50 percent in the first quarter as they are able to build a four-point lead of 24-20.
Orlando is able to keep shooting the ball well in the second quarter as they build on their lead. The Magic’s Rafer Alston adds 12 points in the game for Orlando. The Lakers get a double-double from Gasol as he adds 16 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles. The Lakers fall behind by 12 points with the halftime score 49-37.
The Lakers come back in the third quarter by playing good defense. Along with monster quarter by Trevor Ariza ,who has 16 points in Game Four. Orlando's lead turns in to a deficit in the third quarter. The Magic are able to stay close in the game because of the playmaking ability of Hedo Turkogl,u who has 25 points in the game.
The Lakers score 30 points in the third quarter as they take a four-point lead heading into the fourth quarter at 67-63.
In the fourth quarter, it was the Magic’s turn to mount a comeback. Orlando is not only able to make a comeback but take a lead late in the quarter.
Down by three points late in the game, Kobe Bryant is able to find Derek Fisher. Fisher is able to hit the game tying three-point shot to make the score 87-87. Fisher had missed his last five three-point shots. The Lakers playoff veteran scores 12 points in the game.
Orlando had plenty of chances to wrap of the game before Fisher's shot. Turkoglu misses 3-of-4 free throws he took in early in the fourth quarter.
Two things doomed the Magic’s chances of winning Game Four in regulation.
The first was the 19 turnovers the Magic committed in the game, and the second was poor free-throw shooting. Orlando missed 15 free throws, going 22-37 and only shooting 59.5 percent from the charity stripe. Turkoglu and Dwight Howard struggled the most, going 14-27 from the line.
Even with all the mistakes, Orlando had one last chance to win the game. After Fisher’s three the Magic had 4.6 seconds to get a shot to win the game. Turkoglu finds Mickael Pietrus who rushes as last-second shot that does not go down. The miss is the only blemish on a good night by Pietrus who has 15 points in the game.
The fourth quarter ends in a tie, sending the game into overtime. In the overtime, the Lakers get another big three from Fisher. Los Angeles also gets big shots from their star Kobe Bryant, who has 32 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists. The Lakers' star played the whole second half and did not look tired at the end of the game as he did in Game Three.
The Magic are undone in the overtime by turnovers and poor shooting from the field. The Lakers are able to take advantage and ruin a near triple double by Dwight Howard. Howard has 16 points, 21 rebounds, and nine blocks. This series is the first time a NBA Finals has had two games go into overtime since 1984.
With the Lakers' 99-91 overtime win and a 3-1 series lead, L.A. can try to clench its 15 title in Game Five. The Lakers get their first chance to close out the Magic in Orlando on Sunday.
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