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NBA Finals Game 5 LiveBlog: Will The Lakers Win It All?

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4th QuarterThe Lakers are the champions of the world.

The Magic are going to play the free throw game now. Why didn't they do that at the end of regulation in Game 4?


2:00 Reddick's three makes it an 11 point game. The Magic will not concede anything.

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4:27 Now it's an 18 point lead for the Lakers.

5:01 If the Magic cut this deficit to single digits in the next 90 seconds, they still have a chance.

5:50 Yup. Jeff van Gundy played the Michael Jordan card.

Is it just me or when Walton makes a pass do the Lakers get surprised? They just seem flat-footed when they receive his pass.

7:05 Walton's alley-oop pass to Ariza. I smell a championship.

There are a lot of Lakers fans in Orlando. It seems like they're the only ones hootin' and hollerin' in that arena.

8:13 Timeout. Kobe sinks a three to make it a 16 point game again. 26 points for Kobe.

9:45 Nelson sinks the three to make it a 13 point game. I'm sorry but I think it's too little too late.

3rd QuarterI just took my first pee break of the game. I'm telling you I think the Vin Scully Press Box at Dodger Stadium is a diuretic. I'd be on my third pee break if I were there.

End of 3rd quarter. The Lakers extend their 10-point halftime lead to 15. I am ready to explode in about 20 minutes.

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1:14 Now Howard has 5 fouls.

2:39 JJ Reddick comes into the game. Damn he's hot.

OMG. Phil's brother Charles looks just like him, just a little more relaxed.

3:09 What did Jeff van Gundy call Pacquiao? Has he been living under a rock for the last couple of years? Speaking of Pacquiao, he will be throwing the first pitch at the Dodgers-A's game on Wednesday at the Stadium.

3:39 Howard picked up his fifth foul. The Lakers are in control of this game. Oops. They just changed it to Turkoglu. Doesn't change things though. Kobe makes both free throws and gives the Lakers a 16 point lead.

4:20 Finally. They called a foul against Gasol. I didn't catch who committed the foul though.

5:24 How was that not a foul against Gasol?

Here's a picture of Ariza attempting a shot over Howard. Ariza has been incredible so far in this game.

6:50 Odom is unconscious!!!! Another three to put the Lakers up by 11.

7:22 More Odom! More Odom! More Odom!

8:07 Ugly ugly shot by Ariza. The Lakers are doing their best to get the Magic back into this game.

8:49 Mark Jackson officially called Kobe Bryant "great". Thanks for noticing.

9:28 Wow. The refs really aren't calling anything tonight. That is unless Ariza is anywhere near the play.

10:13 that was a great drive by Courtney Lee.

11:15 I can't believe that is only Bynum's third foul. That just seems wrong.


Chris Brown, his brother Quincy and Rihanna Teyana at the game. AP Photo/John Raoux
While I go grab some food during halftime, here's this. Can someone tell me why Chris Brown's brother Quincy looks like Deion Sanders?

Also can we use the "Around the Horn" mute buttons on all of these clowns that ESPN calls "experts"? It's all about synergy right?

Half time stats. Kobe Bryant has 15 points on 5-for-11 shooting. Trevor Ariza has 12 points on only 4-for-6 shooting, 2-for-2 beyond the arc. Would you have believed me if I told you that Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol would have the same amount of points at halftime? Well they both have six points, though Gasol would be a whole lot more efficient about it.

For the Magic Dwight Howard and Rafer Alston lead their scorers with nine points. Howard has five rebounds.

The Lakers are out-rebounding the Magic 26-19 while both teams have turned the ball over eight times.

There you go.

2nd QuarterEnd of 2nd quarter. It was volleyball there at the end, but the Lakers maintain their 10-point lead going into the locker room. Lakers 56, Magic 46.

1:38 Timeout. The Magic can easily come back in this game with their perimeter game. However they can also dig themselves a deeper hole with it.

2:36 Rafer Alston just hit a basket. I think it's cute they scored a point.

3:01 16-0 run by the Lakers. The Magic look stunned.

3:33 Timeout. 13-0 run by the Lakers to take a nine point lead. Amazing!

4:39 Timeout. The Lakers are on fire. An Ariza three and a Bryant jumper puts the Lakers up by four. Now can ABC fix the damned audio levels of the game?

5:06 An Ariza 3 gives the Lakers their first lead of the night.

5:28 Can they show a replay of that foul on Gasol? I didn't see anything during live action.

That blimp view of Orlando makes the city look dead. So double Ts on Ariza and Turkoglu.

5:44 Timeout. The pace of the game is quite fast. Ariza gave Turkoglu a little greeting with his head. How sweet.

7:50 Kobe's dunk is a statement saying he don't care about his hand.

The Hangover was a good movie, but I really expected to be literally rolling on the floor laughing like I did in Superbad.

8:32 Timeout. Lamar Odom driving to the basket, makes an amazing shot and gets the foul. Perhaps he should have some of Bynum's 11 shot attempts. Get this, Bynum is now averaging one shot attempt per minute he's played.

8:52 The Machine still doesn't have a point in the Finals.

9:37 If the Lakers are going to foul Howard, make sure he doesn't score the bucket. And Jeff van Gundy says the most ridiculous thing. "I think a camera should be focused on us."

11:36 Howard shows a new post move. NBA Finals. Where amazing happens.

I think this is the first time I've ever liveblogged a basketball game. Hm. It's interesting.

1st QuarterEnd of 1st Quarter. Magic 28, Lakers 26. This game has a very similar feel to Game 4. Except Howard didn't grab 11 rebounds. Kobe has 11 points while every Magic starter has scored and gotten an assist. Howard has only four rebounds.

1:21 Good defense by Gasol. He's making Howard work to try and get position.

Ok. I popped open a beer. Let's see how this works.

2:21 Timeout. Early on in the game the Lakers have four turnovers to the Magic's one.

3:00 More Trevor Ariza please!!!

5:34 The Magic are passing very well. The Lakers are too, but all of their passes end up in the hands of Bynum.

Courtesy Shaq. He's so considerate.

7:00 Timeout. Kobe's hand got smacked. He'll get through it. The only question I have is why the hell does Bynum have six field goal attempts?

7:50 Why the hell didn't Rafer Alston take that three? That was wide open. I think that's the first time he's ever passed up a shot.

8:25 Bynum 0-for-5 already in the first quarter.

9:32 Neither team looks all that crisp right now.

11:40 Andrew Bynum turnover. That was a horrible pass by him.

PregameThat trailing layup Pau Gasol made off of Kobe Bryant's pass still sends shivers down my spine. That was basketball poetry right there. What isn't basketball poetry is Jeff van Gundy.

Sorry Orlando, but Clippers pregame introductions are more cathartic.

Am I high or was the crowd louder during the Lakers introductions?

Liza with a Z!

They're exploiting that autistic kid again? I haven't heard her before tonight. She has a great voice.

Magic Johnson called it. He predicts the Magic to win tonight. Maybe he's just blinded by his suit.

Dwight Howard told Doris Burke that he believes the Magic can win three games in a row. Too bad his face and body language betrayed him.

Ooh. Tim Legler is on the court with computer animated players. It's like Space Jam except we don't have to pay to see it.

Watching the ESPN on ABC pregame show, I'm wondering what the hell Magic Johnson is wearing. A shiny gold suit with a blue shirt and an absurd tie. It's like he's wearing his articulation.