Live By The Three, Die By The Three; Orlando Magic Takes a 3-1 Series Lead

Anthony HammettCorrespondent IMay 27, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 26:  Mickael Pietrus #20 of the Orlando Magic shoots against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Amway Arena on May 26, 2009 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 Elsa/Getty Images)

The Orlando Magic are one win away from the NBA Finals.

The Magic stared adversity in the face Tuesday night and answered the call.

Once again in this series, Cleveland played better than Orlando in the first half. They took an eight point lead into the half.

Throughout the night, it became apparent that Orlando would shoot the three point shot whenever they were given the opportunity to.

All in all, Orlando attempted 38 three point shots. They made 17 of them.

Rafer Alston finished the game with 26 points, netting six of 12 three point shots. Dwight Howard did the post work with 27 points, going seven of nine from the free throw line.

Hedo Turkoglu chipped in with 15 points and eight assists. Rashard Lewis had 17 points and so did Mickael Pietrus.

It wasn't until the overtime period when Dwight Howard took matters into his own hands and started taking the ball to the rim.

LeBron James turned the ball over eight times Tuesday night. Many of his turnovers were in the fourth quarter and the overtime period.

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If Cleveland has any chance to mount a comeback, that number must go down drastically.

DeLonte West and Mo Williams continued to struggle. They were a combined 0-6 from three point land and 12-30 overall from the field.

If it weren't for Rashard Lewis falling asleep at the end of Game 2 and not getting his hands in the face of the inbound passer, LeBron never catches the ball to make the shot and this series is over tonight.

However, Orlando will need to go into Cleveland and try to end it on the road in Game five and avoid a trip back to Florida for Game six.

I have been one to criticize Stan Van Gundy more than most throughout this entire playoff run. At one point, I even called for his job and said I thought he was holding Orlando back rather than helping them.

I must say that it appeared that Van Gundy was in control tonight. The set inbound play where Lewis hit the three point shot to make the score 100-98 was all schemed. The pick and the position were perfect along with the mismatch (Wallace had to switch off the pick and couldn't get around Howard to contest Lewis's shot).

King James, your time is running out. If you don't do something positive in Game 5, we may all be witnesses to another season where Cleveland falls short.