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NBA Finals Game Three: Orlando vs Los Angeles

In 2009 NBA Finals, 2009 NBA Playoffs, Game Log / Recap on June 9, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Bryant Blows By Pietrus

Game Three

Am I the only one who thinks there is a lack of buzz about this game?

I like the Magic to rebound and win the game tonight. They’re due for a good shooting night.

First Quarter

  • Dwight Howard wins the tip … He posts up on the left block, draws a double, kicks it out, Hedo gets a great look from downtown on the left wing, miss
  • Derek Fisher curls around from teh elbow, Kobe passes it frmo the top of the key to Fisher, Fish takes a dribble and hits a tough 14 footer.
  • Rashard Lewis answers right back with a shot out of the post off the pick and roll
  • Pau Gasol drives past Rashard Lewis and throws down a thunderous dunk, lovely baseline spin move.
  • Rafer Alston throws the ball out of bounds on a drive and kick. Bad turnover.
  • Dwight Howard runs upcourt quickly, beats Bynum up the floor, Gasol picks him up, left post, gets the ball, bullies his way inside, throws it out to an open teammate on the right wing, miss.
  • Dwight Howard blatantly goaltends Bynum’s shot — well, if it was going as far as the rim, but it was definitely on it’s way down.

Lakers lead 6-2 after two and a half mintues

  • Gasol posts up Lewis, Lee slaps it away, Lakers hold onto the ball, miss, offensive rebound Bynum, pass out to Kobe, lovely pass inside to Gasol for the easy layup.
  • Courtney Lee makes the catch in the left corner, Gasol rotates out, Lee sizes him up and drills a jump shot.
  • Gasol misses a face up jumper from 16 feet off the right elbow
  • Bynum deflects the entry pass away from Howard, out of bounds, nice work.
  • Hedo Turkoglu drives right, turns back left from the right elbow, pump fake, Ariza flies by him, Hedo steps through and hits the 15 foot floater. Nice move.
  • Excellent pass by Rafer inside to Howard, hook pass, off the pick and roll. Howard gets hacked at the rim. He makes one of two FTs.
  • Ariza knocks down a 17 footer off the dribble from the top of the key, not the prettiest of moves but effective. He gets that shot down and we’re talking about star potential.
  • Ariza left wide open from downtown, off a Bryant double team on the midpost right wing, misses.
  • Fisher drops a 18 foot pull up jumper on the fastbreak
  • Alston dribbles right, pulls up, and knocks it down on the long two pointer. Fisher went under the screen on the pick and roll.

Lakers lead 12-11 as we arrive at the midway point in the first quarter

  • Rafer Alston runs down the baseline, curls up, catch and shoot, hits it! Orlando lead.
  • Kobe Bryant drills a nice pull up J from 18 feet on the left wing over Courtney Lee.
  • Rashard Lewis pump fake, one dribble in, shoots, misses.
  • Kobe Bryant faces up Lee from the top of the key, pump fakes, jab steps, rises up and drains a three pointer. Wow!

Fun interview with the Van Gundy’s father; talking about his two kids as players back in their college days

  • Bynum on the left post, moves left, spins back right, loses Howard but hesitates, muscles up a shot and luckily gets it to fall plus the foul, three point play opportunity missed. Bad call from the refs.

Lakers lead 21-16 after four minutes

  • Rafer Alston left open in the right corner and drills a three pointer
  • Pau Gasol on the left post, hits the cuttter, Kobe tries a reverse layup, misses … fastbreak Orlando, drive and kick after the hard push by Alston, swing pass by Pietrus to Hedo on the opposite wing, Hedo takes a dribble in an hits the leaner
  • Kobe Bryant on the low post, scores easily.
  • Lewis misses a wide open three pointer from the top of the key

Lakers lead 23-21 with less than three minutes to play

Only three teams have come back after being down 0-2 — The 1969 Celtics, the 1977 Blazers, and the 2006 Heat.

  • Tony Battie knocks down the jumper from 18 feet on the top of the key
  • Good trapping defense on Bryant as he turned the corner, going baseline, off the pick and roll … Lakers reset, do it again, this time Kobe knocks down the 20 footer with a hand in his face
  • Turkoglu makes a nice pass to Rafer for the jumper — 9 points on 4-4 shooting for Rafer
  • Kobe top of the key, jab steps, one dribble right, pulls up and hits the jumper. He’s 6-7 from the floor. Red hot to start this game.
  • Howard draws the second foul on Gasol after a deep catch in the post
  • Rafer draws a foul, hits a pair of FTs and ties up the game at 27 — Rafer now has more points tonight in the first quarter (11) than he did in both of the first two games combined (10)

Final minute

  • Kobe dancing on Pietrus, blows by him, Tony Battie comes over from the weakside and rejects Kobe at the rim, great block!
  • Out of bounds of Battie, inbounds to Kobe, Kobe pump fakes a three, Pietrus bites, Kobe takes the contact, draws the foul and hits the three pointer. Four point play. Wow!
  • 30 seconds — Lakers apply some backcourt pressure to deny the two for one opportunity. Orlando slow to get into their offense, then Turkoglu travels as he looks to create a play. Turnover, third for Orlando.
  • 13 seconds — Kobe dribbling up top, drives right, pull up J, feels he got hit on the arm (looked like he did), misses

Lakers lead 31-27

Second Quarter

Kobe Bryant looks like he’s in the zone tonight. He’s getting good help from his teammates too … when those two things are combined, the Lakers are just about unbeatable.

Things are looking very bad for Orlando.

  • Orlando try to post up Pietrus on Vujacic, Vujacic works hard to deny post position and effectively stops the pass from ever being made — Nelson travels on the dribble penetration
  • Bynum deflects Nelson’s drive and kick, turnover … after a turnover from LA.

Jameer Nelson looks very poor here over the first two minutes of the second quarter.

  • Walton gets the rebound, and hits a shot inside.
  • Dwight Howard gets excellent position in the middle of the paint, high-low pass from Battie, jump hook in the lane, good.
  • Farmar scores off the bounce
  • Dwight Howard rolls to the rim, pass inside to him, fouled. He shoots two, makes one.

Lakers lead 38-34

  • Dwight Howard throws down the alley oop slam!
  • Nice ball movement from LA, extra pass from Walton to find Farmar with a wide open three pointer … off a Kobe double team.
  • Howard doubled in the post, ball swung around the perimeter, Hedo drops in a three pointer from the right wing
  • Bynum posts up on the left post, turns right, jump hook, air ball. Bad air ball.

Lakers lead 41-39 with seven and a half minutes to play

  • Marcin Gortat checks into the game for Howard
  • Pietrus knocks down a catch and shoot jumper from the top of the key to tie up the game
  • Kobe faces up Pietrus on the left wing, and drains a three pointer — 20 points in 14 minutes
  • Pietrus takes a bad shot, misses
  • Bryant’s pass to Gasol is stolen … fastbreak, Nelson to Pietrus, slam dunk — Pietrus may have double dribbled there, and was also fouled, two bad non-calls? Yep, just saw the replay, bad double dribble, how’d I miss that the first time around?
  • Pau Gasol hits a short shot out of the low post, nice shot.
  • Hedo shake and bake on Walton, to the rim, layup

Orlando are shooting 19-24 from the field for 76% shooting and they’re still down one. Amazing.

  • Nice pass over the top to Kobe after Pietrus is fronting Bryant in the post, Bryant to the rim, to Gasol, fouled. Gasol makes two at the line. Lakers up three points.
  • Hedo Turkoglu drops a jumper — he’s 5-6 from the field

The LA Lakers lead 48-47 with five minutes to play

  • Ariza puts the ball on the floor, jumps up in the air with nowhere to go, forces a bad pass, turnover.
  • Howard checks back into the game
  • Nice baseline cut by Pietrus, nice pass to get him the ball, he takes a bounce, kicks it out, Alston drives from the top of the key, runner, hits it! Magic lead!
  • Kobe Bryant steps back jumper, nope he throws a lob pass at the final moment, layup for Gasol. Wow. Impressive pass from 22 feet out on the right wing to left hand side of the rim to Gasol. His fourth assist.
  • Bryant has 8+ assists in the last four games
  • Bryant throwing shoulder fakes at Pietrus off the dribble repeatedly, Pietrus doing well to stay with him, fadeaway to beat the shot clock buzzer, miss
  • Rafer Alston throws up a bad shot, hits the side of the backboard
  • Nice pass to Ariza who was filling the lane, fouled on his attempted finish — he makes one of two at the line

The game is tied 51-51 with under three minutes to play

  • Kobe Bryant baits Pietrus into another foul with the pump fake off the dribble. Courtney Lee checks back in. Bryant makes two at the line.
  • Hedo Turkoglu with a nice pass back to Lewis, three pointer on the way, swish! Nice shot off the pick and roll
  • Bryant yelling for the ball, doesn’t get it … Fisher has to force one off the dribble, dribbles hard right towards the baseline, pops off a 16 footer with a hand in his face, hits it
  • Oh my, beautiful pass from Hedo off the pick and roll from the top of the key to Lewis in the left corner for another three pointer from Rashard
  • Dwight Howard rejects Kobe Bryant … ball goes out of bounds, still Lakers ball. Bryant was taking a scoop layup shot off the run.
  • Bryant faces up Lee, takes the three pointer, miss, Orlando fumble the rebound, to LA … Fisher calms it down, then forces a jump shot, miss, bad shot.
  • Orlando hold the ball for the second last shot of the quarter, pick and roll, Alston bounce pass to a rolling Howard, fouled inside.
  • 9 seconds to play — Kobe runs upcourt, goes left, Howard rotates over, goes glass on the running layup over Howard, miss

Halftime

Orlando leads 59-54

The Orlando Magic set an NBA Finals record by shooting 75% from the field in the first quarter, going 24-32 from the floor. They were also 4-9 from downtown for an eFG% of 81.3%. Orlando had 17 assists on those 24 buckets.

The Magic are also leading 14-10 on the backboards. The turnovers battle is fairly even, 6-5 in LA’s favour.

Kobe Bryant was magnificent for the first 15 minutes of his first half, but he cooled off near the end. Now LA has to keep it’s other scorers in the game, guys like Pau Gasol, who were playing very well prior to Kobe’s outrageous scoring spurt.

Third Quarter

Orlando leads 59-54

  • Turnover by the Lakers … Orlando run up the court, Hedo Turkoglu slices across the paint and hits the runner in the lane
  • Seven point lead for Orlando — their largest lead of the series so far
  • Pau Gasol on the right box, turns baseline, right handed jump hook, hits it
  • Rashard Lewis left wide open from downtown, misses.
  • Nice play by Pau Gasol — Howard was closing out quickly, he didn’t have the shot, didn’t have enough space to get off a clean look after driving to the paint, so he put the ball on the floor and headed to the rim and passed out after getting the defense to collapse on him, and got Fisher a wide open three, miss
  • Orlando cut apart the Lakers defense with a high screen and roll, Howard is fouled, misses both.
  • Ariza cuts into the paint, runner, Howard alters it, miss, Ariza follows his own miss and hits home the putback.
  • Rafer Alston scores on the teardrop

Orlando lead 63-58 with a little over two minutes gone by

  • Bynum has hiss shot rejected by Howard … turnover … turnover by Orlando on the fastbreak … fastbreak Lakers, to the rim, miss, out of bounds, Lakers ball.
  • Gasol off the catch 10 feet from the rim, goes right, spins back left and hits the turnaround jumper. Wow. Fluid move from Gasol.
  • Courtney Lee on the left baseline, goes to the basket, throws down the thunderous dunk! Whew, that was nice.
  • Ahh no, Bryant draws the foul late in the shot clock — dumb foul by the rookie, bad use of the hands from the rookie, clear foul — Bryant misses both FTs
  • Lee misses a one dribble pull up J from the right corner
  • Kobe Bryant is shadowed brilliantly by Lee and loses his dribble out of bounds, turnover.
  • Courtney Lee forces a bad pass off the drive, turnover.
  • Ariza left wide open from behind the arc and he hits it from the right wing
  • Rashard Lewis knifes down the middle of the lane and hits the driving layup

Orlando lead 67-64 with 7 minutes to play

  • Kobe Bryant throws an elbow in the post, soft call — bad call — against Lee. Turnover. Bad call!
  • Pick and roll, ball reversed, pass deep into Howard, he misses inside.
  • Lee pokes it away from Bryant, Kobe wrestles it away from the rookie and hangs onto possession. Missed shot, a drive from Ariza out of the right sideline to the rim, missed layup as Howard contested the shot, Ariza beats everyone to the ball and Lee gives up a foul trying to beat him to the ball.
  • Rafer Alston on the fastbreak, to the rim, layup. He has 17 points.
  • Lamar Odom working on Lewis off the right elbow, dribbles right, spins left, lefty hook in the lane, miss
  • Hedo Turkoglu driving off the pick and roll, tries to beat Gasol, fallaway as he moves to the left outside the left of the lane, blocked by Gasol, loose ball foul on Howard.
  • Courtney Lee deflects the pass inside to Kobe, turnover.
  • Rafer Alston throws a pass out of bounds on the drive and kick — 9th turnover for Orlando
  • Kobe Bryant baits Lee into a foul on the pump fake, more FTs, good play by Bryant. JVG says that’s the fourth time Bryant has drawn a foul on shot fakes tonight. Kobe splits a pair.

Orlando leads 71-67 with four minutes to play

  • Rafer Alston dancing with the ball and throws up a circus shot on the run to the hoop, hits it!
  • Gasol takes a 18 footer from the top of the key, misses
  • Rafer Alston takes a quick 20 footer from the left wing, misses
  • Alley oop, Fisher to Gasol on the break, layup. Howard was slow to run back after failing to get the offensive rebound.
  • Lewis misses the leaner from 16 feet above the FT line, rebound Howard, putback, fouled hard by Odom to stop the dunk.

Orlando lead 74-69 with two and a half minutes to play as Ariza misses a three pointer

  • Orlando push the ball hard upcourt after the missed Ariza shot, get Lewis a wide open look from the top of the key, he hits it! Nice decision making from Rafer Alston there.
  • Pau Gasol gets fouled on his turnaround — he hits one of two — he has 17 points on 7-9 shooting from the floor. The Lakers need to get the ball in this guy’s hands more often.
  • Tony Battie is blocked at the rim by Pau Gasol, after a beautiful setup from Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando get the loose ball, throw it out to Pietrus, he misses the three
  • Farmar fouled, he goes to the line, hits both.
  • Hedo Turkoglu misses a jump shot from the top of the key — third straight miss for Orlando, first time they’ve missed that many consecutive shots tonight.
  • Kobe Bryant steps in rhythm into a long jump shot and he hits it over Turkoglu
  • Howard gets fouled inside, makes both. He is 9-14 from the line for 15 points.

Orlando lead 79-75 with one minute to play

  • Bryant’s interior pass spills loose … Lakers get the friendly bounce but miss the outside shot.
  • 40 seconds to play — Rafer brings it up, slowly, too slowly, blew the two for one play. Orlando struggle to get a decent shot off … Howard gets the ball in the left block with 7 seconds on the shot clock, running hook across the lane, hits it.
  • Final Possession — Kobe Bryant dribbles down the clock, pick and roll, steps behind and takes a three pointer, miss

Fourth Quarter

The Magic have to be upset that they’ve allowed the Lakers to hang around despite their brilliant offensive play. This could come back to haunt them.

Orlando leads 81-75

  • Turkoglu hits a tough shot — 7-10 from the field for 16 points — Hedo with the step back J along the baseline over Walton.
  • Orlando is shooting 67% from the field for the game and they’re only up 8.
  • Beautiful wrap around pass from Pietrus to Gortat for the layup … oh wow, what a block from Lamar Odom! Wow!
  • Lamar Odom dribble drive, spins, step back J, hits it!
  • Jameer Nelson with another bad pass, turnover on the drive and kick.
  • Luke Walton pushes off with the left arm, offensive foul.

Orlando lead 85-79 after two and a half minutes

  • Pietrus knocks down a tough fallaway shot from the right high post near the sideline — terrible shot to take.
  • Farmar hits the 23 footer over Gortat’s outstretched hand
  • Rashard Lewis creates off the dribble, goes left, attacks Odom, to the rim, goes glass with the runner, tough shot, hits it
  • Post up for Lamar Odom, backs him down, gets wrapped up by Lewis.
  • Deep position for Howard, jump hook in the lane

Orlando lead 91-82 with 8 minutes to play

  • Farmar takes the pull up shot with a hand in his face from 18 feet on the left wing, hits it. Terrible shot to take.
  • Loose ball bounces off of Odom’s leg, refs rule it LA’s ball. Howard disagrees.
  • Odom with great deep position in the post, gets fouled. Odom makes one of two at the line, but Gasol steals the rebound … Pietrus steals the pass, fastbreak, coast-to-coast, layup for Pietrus!
  • Farmar calls for a Gasol pick, creates nothing, Lakers swing the ball, Turkoglu gives a weak contest on Ariza’s triple and Ariza drains it.

Timeout — Orlando lead 93-88 with 6 plus minutes to play

  • Dwight Howard called for an offensive foul on a screen. Good flop by Ariza?
  • Gasol posts up on the left block, spins baseline, lefty hook, hits it
  • Pietrus misses a good look from 16 feet along the baseline, Howard fights for and wins the offensive rebound, fouled on the putback.
  • Derek Fisher knocks down a three pointer from the right wing — lovely pass from Bryant, with his left hand, hook pass.

95-93 Orlando — five and a half minutes to play

  • Pietrus stays in teh left hand corner this possession, instead of diving in and getting a 16 footer like the last time around, pump fakes, drives hard right, to the rim, huge wind up for the dunk and is fouled well. Pietrus makes both FTs.
  • Odom deep in the post, turns middle, jump hook in the lane. Another lovely pass from Kobe off the pick and roll.
  • Turkoglu off the pick and roll, pump fakes, creates contact and gets the foul on Gasol. He makes both.
  • Trevor Ariza with a hard drive to the rim, slam dunk, misses it!
  • Lewis wants to post up Fisher on the switch, Odom breaks up the pass, stolen.
  • Bryant on the screen and roll, dribbles right, pull up jumper, hits it from 19 feet with Pietrus in his face.
  • Terrible pass by Lewis, turnover, bullet pass through a crowd which was easily picked off by Gasol.
  • Turnover by LA on the fastbreak too.
  • Turkoglu has Fisher on him on the break, doubled, cross court pass, bad short pass from Lewis to Pietrus, missed jumper. Rebound off Gasol out of bounds.
  • Orlando haven’t scored for almost four minutes, scored a field goal I mean.

Three minutes to play — Orlando leads 99-97

  • Rafer Alston from the right wing, knifes into the paint, teardrop, misses it.
  • Lakers go to Pau Gasol in the low post, spins left, shoots, fouled.
  • Timeout
  • Pau Gasol ties up the game at 99 at the free throw line

Lakers are on a 17-8 run over the past five and a half minutes

  • Hedo Turkoglu dribbles inside, pump fake, takes the 16 footer, misses, Pietrus soars in from the baseline and stuffs home the miss.
  • Pietrus deflects Kobe’s pass, almost steals it, back to Kobe, three pointer, miss. Rebound Orlando.
  • Rafer Alston takes it up slowly, drives hard to the rim, fouled by Fisher. He makes one of two FTs.

Two minutes to play — Orlando lead 102-99

  • Bryant working against two after the pick and roll, Orlando try to trap him, go for the steal, Pietrus picks up a foul. That was their foul to give.

1:38 to play

  • Kobe working against two again, passes back to Gasol at the top of the key, he cuts to the rim, one bounce, finishes strongly, makes the bucket.
  • Rafer Alston with a nice hook pass back to Lewis for a long bomb, he hits it! Foot was on the line, two pointer. Great shot late in the shot clock.

1:06 to play — Orlando lead 104-101

  • Timeout LA after that made basket.
  • Rashard Lewis has 19 points after that big basket
  • Both teams are gathering the troops and preparing for this final minute as they move onto the court
  • Kobe Bryant brings the ball up the floor, high pick and roll, Kobe drives hard to the rim, Howard ties him up on the running layup, refs call it a foul — don’t like that call — Kobe splits a pair. Kobe’s fifth missed FT of the game.

104-102 Orlando with one minute left to play

  • Hedo inbounds the ball to Alston, rafer waits, gets it back to Turkoglu, high pick and roll, he drives hard right, back to Howard, he resets the offense, Alston throws a cross court pass to Lewis on the left wing, Rashard drives to the rim, Odom and Gasol gang block the shot, out of bounds off of Lewis.
  • Kobe comes up, looking for the two for one, high pick and roll … Howard strips Bryant, Pietrus is on the loose ball, Gasol rips it back as he dives on the floor to get it, Pietrus yanks it out of his hands, fouled in the backcourt. Pietrus makes both FTs.

28.7 seconds to play — Orlando leads 106-102

  • Ariza inbound to Gasol, over to Odom, back to Bryant who runs up top, three pointer, miss, rebound LA, Ariza has it, timeout Lakers.
  • Great job by Odom to run down the long rebound and save it from going out of bounds.
  • Lakers have no more timeouts — Orlando have two.

16.3 seconds remaining — 106-102 Orlando

  • Ariza inbounds to Kobe, double comes, Ariza left wide open on the right wing, Kobe gives it to him, miss, offensive rebound, Kobe from 28 feet, miss, offensive rebound, Fisher fadeaway three from the right sideline, miss, Kobe rebounds, putback, layup.
  • Orlando inbound the ball, foul. Somewhere between 0.0-0.5 seconds remaining.

This is over. Orlando wins!

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