Orlando Takes Game 3

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 9, 2009 11:29 PM CDT
Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard puts up a shot against Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol.   (David J. Phillip)
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(Newser) – Orlando finally regained its Magic touch. Making easy shots and tough ones from everywhere, the Magic won their first game in two visits to the NBA finals as Dwight Howard and Rashard Lewis scored 21 points apiece in a 108-104 victory over Los Angeles. The Lakers still lead the series, 2-1, and Game 4 is Thursday night.

Orlando shot a finals record 63%, including another finals record 75% in the first half, to avoid falling into an 0-3 hole that no team in postseason history has been able to escape. Kobe Bryant scored 31 points for the Lakers, but the superstar had just 10 points in the second half and went only 4 of 15 from the field after the first quarter.