The Stat Line Of The Night – 06/04/09 – Kobe Bryant
Total Pro Sports – He needed to get his Los Angeles Lakers out to a quick start in game one of their NBA Finals matchup against the Orlando Magic, and Kobe Bryant did just that, leading the way as they posted a 100-75 victory and set the tone for the best-of-seven series. Many had questioned whether Orlando was primed for another upset of a top NBA team, but Kobe and the Lakers had other ideas.
The key to the series for the Lakers would be whether Bryant can take advantage of his 1-on-1 matchup with whoever the Magic decided to put on him. He certainly did that, posting 40 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 8 assists. his effort would help get his team out to a commanding lead after three quarters, earning him “The Stat Line Of The Night” for Thursday June 4th, 2009.
The Magic will need to find an answer for Kobe, and they will have an extra day to figure it out with game 2 set for Sunday night. The Magic did come out hard as well, taking a lead into the second quarter, but it was all L.A. from there. Now if Orlando hopes to split their opening two road games, they will have to come out with a much better complete game effort. Expect Kobe and the game to have something to say about that.