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Magic heat up for first win

ORLANDO, Fla. – Missing for two games, Orlando found its Magic touch. Making easy shots and tough ones from everywhere, the Magic won their first game in two visits to …


Orlando’s best shot falls short

LOS ANGELES – Stopped cold by a pick near the free-throw line, Kobe Bryant watched as Orlando’s Courtney Lee headed toward the basket and a shot at history. Bryant was …


Bryant pours in 40 as Lakers rout Magic

LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant has waited a year, a long year, for another chance at NBA title. He’s not about to let this one slip away. The Olympic gold …


Bryant’s demeanor takes stern turn on eve of the NBA Finals

LOS ANGELES – His smile has vanished, replaced by something closer to a scowl. His days of joking around are seemingly on hold. Kobe Bryant has become deadly serious.


The Matchups

Coaches Phil Jackson vs. Jerry Sloan. Jackson has four championship rings, Sloan has never been to the finals as a player or coach. Jackson is used to the distractions and …


No Chicago Massacre Bulls Rule, But It Took Kukoc’s Fourth-Quarter Heroics To Do It

Dennis Rodman fires up the Bulls. Photo by Associated Press