2009, Game 4 – Los Angeles Lakers 99, Orlando Magic 91 (OT)
Lakers Come Back Late to Take Command of Series
Kobe and the Lakers finally returned to the top in 2009 with an authoritative five-game win over the Orlando Magic in the Finals. The series served as Kobe’s proof that he could lead a team to a title as its unchallenged top player, since he was technically number two by a slight margin when Shaq was in his prime from 2000-02.
The ’09 series isn’t looked back upon too often for its drama, and the reason for that is likely due to the Lakers’ ability to come back and win Game 4. Up 2-1 in the series, they trailed 87-82 with a minute and a half remaining. After pulling within three, they still needed an epic three-ball from Derek Fisher to tie it up and force OT with just 4.6 seconds to play. After that, it was some big plays from Kobe, Gasol and Fisher (again) that finished the win for LA in overtime. The outlook of the series changed after the game, as the Lakers rolled past Dwight Howard and the Magic in Game 5 for the championship.