Lakers edge Magic to take 2-0 lead in Finals

June 8th, 2009 - 1:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Los Angeles, June 8 (DPA) Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are halfway home in their run for the rings.
Bryant scored 29 points, Spanish-native Pau Gasol had seven of his 24 in the overtime along with 10 rebounds and the Lakers edged the visiting Orlando Magic 101-96 Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals.

Rashard Lewis had 34 points and 11 rebounds, Turkish-native Hedo Turkoglu had 22 points, while Dwight Howard finished with 17 and 16 boards for Orlando, which bounced back from a 25-point loss in Thursday’s opener but still fell short.

The Magic had a final shot to win in regulation after Turkoglu blocked Bryant’s jumper from behind, and recovered the loose ball.

With sixth-tenths of a second left, Courtney Lee took Turkoglu’s inbound crosscourt lob pass, but the rookie missed a wide-open layup at the buzzer.

Orlando hosts the next three games, beginning Tuesday night as the best-of-seven series, shifts to Amway Arena.

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