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Lakers Dominate Game 1 Against the Magic

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, June 04, 2009, at 05:40PM
Staples Eric Richardson [Flickr]

An hour before NBA Finals Game 1, fans start to stream into Staples Center.

The Lakers opened their NBA Finals series in impressive fashion on Thursday night, dominating the Orlando Magic en-route to a 100-75 win. Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 40 points. Game two will be at Staples Center on Sunday at 5pm.

Original story filed before the game:

With just a half hour to go before the Lakers kick off their NBA Finals series against the Orlando Magic, most fans will have long since staked out their viewing spot. Whether it be inside Staples Center or in any of the bars and restaurants that will be showing the game this evening, Downtown will have an even more distinctly purple and gold feel to it.

As is customary, the crown above U.S. Bank Tower will be lit purple and gold starting this evening, a color scheme it will keep through the Finals.

The Lakers play at home tonight and Sunday before the series switches to Orlando for games three through five. Should the series run past that, games six and seven will return to Staples Center.

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