Heading into the night, much of the chatter going around the NBA playoffs was about who wasn't going to be playing. The Lakers played without point guard Derek Fisher due to a suspension handed out after his body check of Luis Scola in Game 2. The Magic played without point guard Raefer Alston, who was suspended for this Game 2 slapping of Eddie House.
Both Los Angeles and Orlando were without their starting point guards in their respective Game 3s. So it makes perfect sense that both teams would end up winning and taking 2-1 leads in their series.
The Magic got solid contributions from fill-in starter Anthony Johnson and their stars, Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu. The Lakers rode another brilliant game by Kobe Bryant and fill-in starter Jordan Farmar.
Now both teams have a chance at taking control of their series with a Game 4 win on Sunday.