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Final: Celtics 95, Magic 92

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  May 18, 2010 11:37 PM

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Final: Celtics 95, Magic 92 Jameer Nelson misses a very long three-point attempt as time expires. Celtics lead the series, 2-0.

3.5 seconds 4th quarter, Celtics 95-92 Orlando doesn't foul, KG misses a jumper, and there are only 3.5 seconds left.

31.9 seconds 4th quarter, Celtics 95-92 Paul Pierce fouls out but Carter misses both free throws.

34.7 seconds 4th quarter, Celtics 95-92 The teams trade a Jameer Nelson layup for Paul Pierce free-throws.

1:33 4th quarter, Celtics 93-90 Rondo's jumper puts the Celtics up three.

3:35 4th quarter, Magic 90-89: Vince Carter's jumper puts the Magic back in front. Do the Celtics have enough fouls to give on Howard to last another three-plus minutes?

4:37 4th quarter, Celtics 89-85: Dwight Howard brings the Magic closer with a free throw. He's 10 of 15 from the line in the game.

7:44 4th quarter, Celtics 85-79: Kendrick Perkins has fouled out of the game.

10:01 4th quarter, Celtics 83-77: Fifth foul on Rasheed Wallace, who's three-pointer put the Celtics up 11 to start the fourth. Threes by Jason Williams and Mickael Pietrus have the Magic right back in it.

END 3d quarter, Celtics 78-70: The Celtics took the lead up to 10 points, but the Magic are hanging tough as we head to the fourth quarter. Paul Pierce hit just one shot in the third, but Kevin Garnett picked up the slack with six points.

5:05 3d quarter, Celtics 68-60: Dwight Howard is back in the game with those four fouls, and Kevin Garnett just took advantage, taking the big man outside and nailing a jumper. The Magic need Howard to be his imposing self despite the foul trouble.

7:59 3d quarter, Celtics 61-59: Less than a minute after Howard picked up his fourth, Perkins did the same. Both big men are now on the bench. Marcin Gortat (2 fouls) may be the key for Orlando in the second half. If he can be effective it buys the Magic some time before they have to bring Howard back in.

10:20 3d quarter, Tied at 55: Fourth foul on Dwight Howard. He's out of the game for now.

Halftime, Celtics 53-51: Magic fans are booing the officials as they come off the floor. They'd be better off directing their anger at the Celtics. Boston's defense has not been quite as stingy as it was in Game 1, the Magic making 45-percent of their shots in the first half.

This is a strange game. Paul Pierce has 22 points, but Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett are a combined 1 of 9. Dwight Howard is leading the Magic with 17 points and 4 rebounds.

About those officials: Howard has three fouls, but so do Kendrick Perkins and Glen Davis. And the most egregious foul of the game was made by Howard, who deserved the Flagrant 1 for his take-down of Pierce. From an objective standpoint, though, there have been bad calls on both sides.

1:58 2d quarter, Celtics 49-48: Howard picks up his third personal foul, and now he's on the bench.

4:16 2d quarter, Tied at 42: Flagrant 1 foul on Dwight Howard, who followed through and grabbed Paul Pierce's face as he threw Pierce to the ground. The intensity in the building has been taken up several notches.

5:54 2d quarter, Celtics 41-38: Perkins just picked up his third foul. The Celtics are short a big tonight with Shelden Williams out. Glen Davis and Rasheed Wallace will have to carry the load.

8:31 2d quarter, Celtics 34-33: Rashard Lewis just scored his first points for the Magic. He was just 2 of 10 in Game 1.

9:32 2d quarter, Celtics 34-30: The Celtics have already given up seven offensive rebounds, a stat that has to eat at Doc Rivers. Paul Pierce just checked back in for the Celtics.

END 1st quarter, Magic 28-27: There have already been more organic bursts of energy from the crowd than there were in all of Game 1, and for good reason. The home team is giving the fans something to cheer about. The Magic lead despite 12 points from Paul Pierce, using an 18-4 run when Pierce left the game. J.J. Redick broke loose for nine points in the quarter, including two three-pointers.

2:47 1st quarter, Celtics 23-20: So much for Doc Rivers saying the Celtics didn't want to foul Dwight Howard. Howard's been to the line five times already tonight.

4:08 1st quarter, Celtics 23-15: Kendrick Perkins picks up his second personal foul and is replaced by Rasheed Wallace, whom the Magic fans boo loudly.

6:34 1st quarter, Celtics 18-12: The Magic have come out stronger than in Game 1, but the Celtics have made 6 of their first 8 shots. Paul Pierce already has 9 points.

10:34 1st quarter, Magic 5-4: The officials are letting them play again here early, with Matt Barnes drawing a foul only after several Celtics committed fouls earlier during the same play. Barnes hits one free-throw to give the Magic their first lead of the series.

Pregame: Dwight Howard's got the Magic dancing. The crowd is getting into it. Here we go.

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