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Final: Celtics 92, Magic 88

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  May 16, 2010 06:23 PM

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2:37 2d quarter, Celtics 35-28: Marcin Gortat has given the Magic some energy off the bench. The backup big man has been more super than the Other Guy, with 6 points and 3 rebounds. Stan Van Gundy has tried just about everything to inject some spunk into his offense, and the insertion of Gortat seems to have done it.

6:18 2d quarter, Celtics 31-18: Neglected to mention a crucial stat earlier: The Celtics are winning the battle of the boards, 20-11.

9:36 2d quarter, Celtics 29-14: Rasheed Wallace quiets the crowd with a three-pointer as the shot clock winds down, giving the Celtics their largest lead of the game so far. It's a 7-0 run for the Celtics to start the second quarter.

End 1st quarter, Celtics 22-14: Old-school defense and good old Ray Allen did it for the Celtics in the first quarter. Allen leads all scorers with 8 points. On defense, the Celtics are holding the Magic to 4-of-20 shooting. Magic fans don't really know what to make of it.

Are the playoffs supposed to be this hard?

3:59 1st quarter, Celtics 15-9: Paul Pierce picks up his second foul -- this one offensive -- going to the hole on the fast break. Like he did a few times in the Cleveland series, Pierce sits for Tony Allen.

5:46 1st quarter, Celtics 13-7: There are good signs and bad signs for the Celtics so far. Good: No one is in foul trouble. Good: The Celtics are holding the Magic to 3-of-14 shooting. Bad: Despite that defense, look at the score. The Magic haven't made anything and they're a couple of jumpers away from taking the lead back.

7:27 1st quarter, Celtics 9-5: The Magic have started out just 2 of 9 from the field.

10:50 1st quarter, Celtics 5-0: Paul Pierce knocks down a three and Kendrick Perkins hits a jumper to put the Celtics up early. After what seemed like endless pregame antics and chanting, the arena is much quieter with the game underway.

Pregame: Ray Allen and Rasheed Wallace had fun getting loose in the hallway of Amway Arena, the two players practicing alley-oops over a 7-foot pole between the walls.

Magic players, on the other hand, are having their pregame fun in front of the entire crowd, with Dwight Howard and Vince Carter dancing on the Jumbotron, to the delighted applause of the home folks.

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