Last-second basket lifts Magic over Celtics

Final. Magic, 96-94
Rasheed Wallace fired wide on a ‘3’ as time expired.

Fourth quarter, :1.3, Magic, 96-94
Rashard Lewis drove baseline on Kevin Garnett for a layup, the Celtics then calling timeout.

Fourth quarter, :14.8, Celtics-Magic 94-94
J.J. Redick’s ‘3’ out of a timeout tied the score. The Celtics then struggled in their offense, Paul Pierce driving and sending the ball out to Ray Allen with :09 on the shot clock. Allen took possession on a short hop, then recovered, took a dribbled and misfired on a ‘3.’

Fourth quarter, :51.5, Celtics 94-91
Rajon Rondo’s runner out of a timeout put the Celtics in command, the Magic then calling a timeout.


Fourth quarter, 1:21, Celtics 92-91
Kevin Garnett stopped a J.J. Redick-to-Dwight Howard lob and Paul Pierce’s ‘3’ in transtion restored the Celtics’ lead.

Fourth quarter, 4:12, Celtics 85-84
Marcin Gortat provided a defensive spark for Orlando, and the Magic rallied by going inside to Dwight Howard. Gortat tied the score, 84-84, with a banker with 4:52 remaining. Then, after a Rasheed Wallace baseline jumper appeared to give the Celtics a 2-point advantage, an earlier Eddie House 3-pointer was reduced to a 2-pointer.

Fourth quarter, 9:42, Celtics 76-69
Jason Williams hit two ‘3s’ in a 65-second span to rally the Magic. The Celtics started the quarter strong, Eddie House converting a second-chance 3-pointer and the Magic’s Dwight Howard committing his fourth personal foul in the opening minute.

Third quarter, 0:00, Celtics 72-61
Orlando closed within six points of the lead, but Eddie House’s jumper with 1.5 seconds left gave the Celtics momentum. The Celtics used three players to guard Dwight Howard, and all three (Glen Davis, Kendrick Perkins, and Rasheed Wallace) had four fouls. Rajon Rondo led the Celtics in assists (7) and rebounds (7).

Third quarter, 3:34, Celtics 66-56
The Celtics led by 15 as Kevin Garnett missed a dunk off a Rajon Rondo lob. Orlando’s Rashard Lewis then hit a 3-pointer and scored on a second-chance drive. Celtics Kendrick Perkins and Rasheed Wallace committed their fourth personal fouls within a 70-second span.


Third quarter, 9:59 Celtics 56-40
Ray Allen scored with :01 on the shot clock, then hit a transition ‘3’ with 10:00 left in the quarter, the Magic calling time out.

Halftime, Celtics 51-40
The Celtics’ inside-out tactics paid off. By driving to the basket and going directly at Dwight Howard, the Celtics got not only Howard but also Vince Carter, in foul trouble. That helped open up the perimeter, and the Celtics hit three successive ‘3s’ in a 1:47 span to conclude the quarter. Ray Allen had 12 points on 5 for 5 shooting.

Second quarter, 0:25.4, Celtics 51-38
Kevin Garnett missed on a lob from Rajon Rondo. But the Celtics’ passing game was making the difference. The Celtics had 13 assists on 18 for 36 shooting. Orlando had one assist in the half.

Second quarter, 4:40, Celtics 42-36
Marcin Gortat extended Magic possessions with two offensive rebounds and also drew a Glen Davis foul on a defensive board, then sank a free throw to cut the deficit to six points. The Celtics had most of their starting lineup on the court, but hit a three-minute-plus scoring drought.

Second quarter, 8:41, Celtics 40-29
Rasheed Wallace made steals on successive Magic possessions, overplaying entry passes to Dwight Howard. One of those turnovers led to a Wallace transition 3-pointer, his third successive ‘3.’ Kendrick Perkins reappeared in the quarter, but departed after less than a minute of playing time after committing his third foul. Dwight Howard was whistled for his third foul with 8:34 left.

First quarter, 0:00, Celtics 34-23
Rasheed Wallace had 10 points on 4 for 4 shooting, including a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds on the clock. The Magic struggled when it went to the bench, only J.J. Redick providing effective offense. The Celtics had eight assists and 12 field goals.


First quarter, 2:05, Celtics 26-16
The Magic went without a field goal for 2:20 before calling a timeout. Orlando then set up a Rashard Lewis drive, but Lewis lost possession. Celtic reserves Tony Allen, Glen Davis, and Rasheed Wallace were outplaying the Magic second unit.

First quarter, 4:26, Celtics 16-13
Jameer Nelson scored 10 points in a 1:54 span to lead a Magic rally. Kendrick Perkins depared after committing his second personal foul, a questionable call as he attempted to avoid a Nelson up-fake with 6:29 left. Dwight Howard was benched with his second person with 7:23 remaining.

First quarter, 9:04, Celtics 8-3
The Magic needed more than two minutes to convert a field goal, coach Stan Van Gundy calling a timeout to set up Dwight Howard for a hook shot.

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