Lakers-Magic: Comprehensive Rout Sets Tone in Game One

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IJune 5, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts 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)

The Los Angeles Lakers came into Staples Center on Thursday night of the 2009 National Basketball Association Finals against Orlando Magic with a huge chip on their shoulders.

Swept in the regular season, they were intent on making the first step toward proving that the defeats they suffered at the hands of Stan Van Gundy's team were behind them in a 100-75 laugher.

In truth, it could have been worse for Orlando if Phil Jackson's club's consistent shooting lasted the entire match. After all, they only shot 46.1 percent as a team.

But the damage was already made. It was self-inflicted. And it was severe.

The Magic were Magic-less, shooting only 29.9 percent. Rashard Lewis scored only eight points, Rafer Alston six, and Courtney Lee seven.

Dwight Howard was harrowed by the Laker defense of Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, and Andrew Bynum, scoring only 12 points and 15 assists, while Hedo Turkoglu scored only 13 points.

Mickeal Pietrus scored 14 points in the loss, shooting 60 percent from beyond the arc (3-5).

Jameer Nelson, a culprit in the Orlando's two regular-season victories over Los Angeles, only scored six points from the bench.

Kobe Bryant sliced and diced the Magic with 40 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and a look of redemption like a Rottweiler out for retaliation well-deserved.

Odom got his double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds, while Gasol chipped in 16 points and eight rebounds.

Andrew Bynum will need to step up his scoring if the Lakers are going to put Orlando behind the eight-ball. No. 17 for Los Angeles had nine points, but shot only 32.5 percent (3-8). Derek Fisher and Luke Walton also contributed to the blowout with nine points each.

As a team, the Lakers tallied a playoff-high 55 rebounds.

Game Two is scheduled for Sunday, June 7 at 8:00PM ET, and will be televised by ABC.


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