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Lakers heads to Orlando, hoping for NBA championship

THE Los Angeles Lakers flew to Orlando yesterday, hoping to get NBA championship if it can win two more matches against the Orlando Magic.

The Lakers took a two games to none lead in the NBA finals Sunday, with a 101-96 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic. Game 3 of the best- of-seven series will be played today in Orlando.

"They're going to be fighting for their lives," Laker center Andrew Bynum said of the Magic. "We have to be ready because I think everybody is going to be hitting the floor."

The 2-0 lead "feels great", but the Lakers "have to be extra focused and defensive-minded going into the next game," Bynum said.

Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson said he expects "a wide open game".

"It's going to be a much more free-flowing game," said Jackson, who is two victories away from his 10th NBA championship as a coach, which would break the record he currently shares with the late Red Auerbach.

This is the 31st time a team has taken a 2-0 lead in the NBA finals. Only three teams have overcome a 2-0 deficit to win a title -- the 1969 Boston Celtics, 1977 Portland Trail Blazers and 2006 Miami Heat.


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