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2009 NBA Finals Game 1, June 4, 2009 | Kobe Bryant’s determination and intensity were at an all-time high entering the 2009 Finals one year after a painful beat down at the hands of the Boston Celtics. Looking to make a statement early in the series, Kobe dazzled the Staples Center crowd with the use of his entire repertoire. In 38 minutes on the floor, Bean erupted for a Finals career-high 40 points while collecting 8 rebounds and dishing out 8 assists. The Lakers rode Kobe’s intensity and a stifling defense to a 25 point beat-down, allowing the Magic to score just 75 points on under 30% shooting.
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