Lakers vs. Magic Game 5 NBA Finals

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The NBA Finals resume tonight when the Orlando Magic host the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5.

Down 3-1 in the series with only one game left at the Amway Arena, the Magic face a very bleak road. None of the previous 29 teams to trail 3-1 in the finals has come back to win the championship.

If the Magic are going to live to play another game, they are going to have to do a better job of protecting the ball. Take care of the glass, nail open shots, and limit the turnovers. They’ve got to play a perfect game or the Lakers will be celebrating in Orlando this evening.

Can Kobe and the Lakers wrap things up?

I think they can. But Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom should step up in tonightโ€™s game. The Lakers are at their best when Gasol is active at both ends of the floor and Odom is involved in the offense early.

The game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

UPDATE: The Los Angeles Lakers earned their 15th NBA title on Sunday night as Kobe Bryant notched 30 points and Pau Gasol added 14 points and 15 boards in a 99-86 victory in Game 5 over the Orlando Magic. It was the Lakers’ first championship since 2002.

Congratulations to the Lakers and their fans!