Lakers vs. Magic Game 2 NBA Finals

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The 2009 NBA Finals continue tonight when the Los Angeles Lakers go against the Orlando Magic in Game 2.

The Lakers pretty much dominated the first game with Kobe Bryant scoring 40 points, eight assists and eight rebounds—making a loud statement that he and his team will not be denied this time.

Bryant’s dominance, however, was just one of many Magic problems. Orlando’s prized collection of 3-point shooters cooled off in Game 1, further adding to their woes.

Will it turn around in Game 2 tonight against the Lakers?

If they want to make a comeback, Orlando must defend the pick-and-roll. Kobe and Gasol just gutted them. Their franchise player, Dwight Howard, should keep going. He only had only 12 points on 1-6 shooting.

In addition to not establishing “Superman” enough early in the clock, the Magic players seemed hesitant in many of their offenses. Was it a case of nerves? They held the ball for too long—allowing Lakers defenders to stay in good spots.

Orlando has to shake off their worries and play the kind of basketball they’ve been playing all year long.

The game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

Prediction: Los Angeles will win in Game 2.

UPDATE: The Los Angeles Lakers took a 2-0 lead in the NBA finals with a 101-96 victory over the Orlando Magic in overtime. The seven-match series shifts to Orlando for the next three contests, starting with Game 3 on Tuesday night.

Kobe Bryant scored 29 points and eight assists to help the Lakers overcome a 34-point, 11-rebound performance by Magic star player Rashard Lewis.