L.A. moves within a victory of franchise's 15th championship

The Orlando Magic shot an NBA Finals-record 62 percent during a Game 3 win over the L.A. Lakers on Tuesday.

David J. Phillip

ORLANDO, Fla. — Kobe Bryant is one win from an NBA title to call his own.

Derek Fisher got him there.

Fisher forced overtime with a 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left in regulation and then drilled another one with 31.3 seconds to go in overtime as the Los Angeles Lakers outlasted the Orlando Magic, 99-91, in Game 4 on Thursday night to open a 3-1 lead in the NBA finals.

Game 5 is Sunday night, and Game 6 would be in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

It was the first time since 1984, when Magic Johnson's Lakers and Larry Bird's Celtics hooked up, that two games in a finals have gone to overtime.

When the clock expired, Bryant, trying to win his first championship without Shaquille O'Neal, looked at Tiger Woods and wiped sweat from his brow in relief.

Fisher, who has bailed out the Lakers in plenty of big games before, thrust both arms in the air in triumph.

Mickael Pietrus of the Magic missed a jumper as time expired, creating the second overtime game of the series.

The Lakers won Game 2 101-96.

The Lakers can wrap up their 15th title on Sunday night in Game 5.

Orlando was up 87-82 with under a minute to play, but couldn't put it away at the free throw line. Pau Gasol's basket cut it to two before Fisher's tying 3 — his first from behind the arc after missing his first five attempts.

Dwight Howard had 16 points, 21 rebounds and an NBA finals-record nine blocked shots, but his 5-of-12 shooting at the foul line through regulation twas a major reason the game went to overtime.

The Magic led 49-37 at halftime, but the Lakers pulled ahead by outscoring Orlando 30-14 in the third quarter, and it remained close throughout the final period of regulation.

Bryant scored a game-high 32 points, while Hedo Turkoglu had 25 for Orlando.

L.A. LAKERS (99): Ariza 6-14 1-2 16, Gasol 7-14 2-4 16, Bynum 2-3 2-2 6, Fisher 5-11 0-0 12, Bryant 11-31 8-8 32, Odom 4-10 0-0 9, Mbenga 0-0 0-0 0, Farmar 0-2 0-0 0, Walton 2-2 2-4 6, Powell 1-2 0-0 2, Vujacic 0-2 0-0 0, Brown 0-0 0-0 0. Totals-38-91 15-20 99.

ORLANDO (91): Turkoglu 8-13 8-13 25, Lewis 2-10 0-0 6, Howard 5-12 6-14 16, Alston 5-13 0-0 11, Lee 1-4 1-2 4, Pietrus 4-8 6-7 15, Battie 1-3 0-0 2, Redick 2-6 1-1 6, Nelson 1-3 0-0 2, Gortat 2-2 0-0 4. Totals-31-74 22-37 91.

3-Point Goals-L.A. Lakers 8-23 (Ariza 3-4, Bryant 2-6, Fisher 2-7, Odom 1-2, Vujacic 0-2, Farmar 0-2), Orlando 7-21 (Lewis 2-6, Pietrus 1-2, Redick 1-2, Turkoglu 1-3, Alston 1-4, Lee 1-4). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-L.A. Lakers 51 (Gasol 10), Orlando 65 (Howard 21). Assists-L.A. Lakers 15 (Bryant 8), Orlando 17 (Lewis 4). Total fouls-L.A. Lakers 28, Orlando 21. Technicals-Ariza, Gasol, L.A. Lakers Coach Jackson, Pietrus, Orlando defensive three second. Flagrant fouls-Pietrus. Att-17,461 (17,461).