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2009 NBA Finals, Game 5

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Final game of NBA championship, Lakers vs. Magic
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It's All Smiles for the Lakers!

  • Jun 17, 2009
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The beginning of game 5 the Magic looked like they wanted to hand the trophy to the Lakers and call it a series. It was initially a reasonably close game, but the Lakers turned it to their advantage at the end of the second quarter. Ariza brought serious energy and an explosion of scoring. Kobe scored 15 points and then started playing assist to boost the rest of his team. It was a great offense strategy.


 

Unfortunately for the Magic, their game was the same old story‚Ķ turnovers, fouls (Howard was on his 5th in fourth quarter) and bad shooting. They were 1 of 9 from outside in the first half and had 8 turnovers.  The Lakers are the type of team that takes advantage of sloppy play and they produced quite a few impressive fast break layups.  Orlando was also only 44% on 2 pointers at the half.

 Kobe could have the title of both MVP and coach. Some might call it bossy, but he talks to his teammates and expects them to perform well.  He has an incredible work ethic and concentration. He is aggressive and improves the morale and flow for his teammates.

Meanwhile Jackson is the first coach ever to win 10 NBA championships! Impressive.

The Magic fought til the death, but it was too little too late. However, they have come a long way. They lost in two overtime games (which should count for something). This was their first finals in 14 years and the 2nd in franchise history. Plus, this season they had 59 wins this season.

The Lakers rocked this series and certainly deserve their win. I don't know if it was the loss against the Celtics last year, or Kobe determined to prove himself, but they are definitely champions in my book. I'll be interested to see how they perform next year!

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