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    Magic Flying High After 108-104 Win Over Lakers in Orlando


    The Orlando Magic defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 108-104 on Tuesday night in Game 3 of the NBA Finals at the Amway Arena in Orlando.  Despite trailing by 4 points after the 1st quarter, the Magic never lost focus and used a 9 point edge in the 2nd quarter (32-23) to take the lead for good.  Although it got a little dicey at the end, the Magic held on to the 4-point win and cut the Lakers series lead to 2-1.  And like they always say, a series doesn’t begin until the home to loses.

    Dwight Howard led the way for the Magic with 21 points and 14 boards.  But the key was Rafer Alston, who had been disgruntled in the 1st 2 games of the series with the return of Jamir Nelson who cut into his playing time.  Alston played 36+ minutes and scored 20 points on 8 of 12 shooting. Alston dished out 4 assists and had only 3 turnovers while shooting 3 of 4 from the charity stripe.  3 other players also had great games for the Magic – Hedo Turkoglu scored 18 points, with 6 rebounds and 7 assists; Rashard Lewis scored 21 points, with 5 rebounds and 5 assists; and Mickael Pietrus scored 18 points and stayed out of foul trouble unlike the 1st 2 games of the series.

    The Magic played with a lot more energy than the Lakers did in the 1st half.  Kobe Bryant (18 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists) and Pau Gasol (23 points and 3 rebounds) had their typical games, but the rest of the Lakers players seemed out of sync.  Derek Fisher scored only 9 points and dished out only 2 assists, while Andrew Bynum scored only 4 points.  Lamar Odom grabbed only 2 boards in Game 3 – he had 14 rebounds in Game 1 and 8 rebounds in Game 2.

    Game 4 of the NBA Finals is set for Thursday night at 9:00PM EDT on ABC.  If the Magic can even up the series, we could be looking at a classic NBA Finals series this June.  The NHL Stanley Cup series will be decided between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins in a decisive Game 7 – maybe the NBA Finals will too…

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