Los Angeles-Orlando: No Magic on the Court in Game One, Lakers Capture Victory

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IJune 5, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04:  (L-R) Lamar Odom #7, Kobe Bryant #24 and Trevor Ariza #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers react in the second half against the Orlando Magic in Game One of the 2009 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 4, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. 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 Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

From the start of the game, it was clear that Rashard Lewis was unable to guard Laker Pau Gasol.

Standing seven feet tall with a wingspan close to Yao Ming's, Gasol easily overpowered Lewis, scoring a few buckets early on.

But that was just the beginning.

Superstar Kobe Bryant took complete charge of Game One, dropping 40 points on 16-for-34 shooting, with eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and two blocks.

Tonight, the Black Mamba did it all.

During the second quarter of the game, Bryant began heating up, knocking down incredible jumper after jumper. He ended the quarter with 12 points, and a total of 18 in the first half.

Within three minutes, the Lakers went on a 10-0 run and literally never looked back.

Every player that played on LA's roster did exactly what they were on the court to do.

The Lakers played excellent defense, forcing the Magic to shoot a horrific 29.9 percent from the field, 34.8 percent from three-point range (8-for-23), and 72.4 percent from the charity stripe.

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LA kept every player on the Magic's squad from doing what they do best. They prevented Shard and Turk from hitting their shots, combining for a total of 5-for-22 from the field.

They limited D-Howard offensively, making him shoot a whopping 1-for-6 from the field with only 12 points.

The Lakers out-rebounded Orlando (55 boards to only 41), out-assisted them (18 assists to 10), and absolutely thrashed them in points in the paint (56 points to only 22 points).

Even though Orlando brought no magic to the court tonight, they still have the opportunity to redeem themselves throughout the rest of the series.

They are very lucky to have point guard Jameer Nelson back on the court, and will now go back to the film room to change up their strategy for Game Two.

If Orlando wants any chance of winning this series they will need to find an answer for No. 24, find a way to knock down their shots, and get their key guys active throughout the entire game.

Lakers 100, Magic 75.