Final: Celtics 116, Magic 110 (OT)

Final: Celtics 116-110: Celtics survive a serious scare, using some steady play from Kevin Garnett and 16 assists from Rajon Rondo for their second consecutive win. Garnett finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds. J.J. Redick had 21 points for Orlando and Jameer Nelson 20.

Overtime, 18.7, Celtics 114-110: After having a 5-point lead, the Celtics allow the Magic to get to within one possession. Jameer Nelson misses an open 3-pointer. Kevin Garnett, who was fouled, sinks one free throw. Orlando ball.

Overtime, 1:34, Celtics 113-108: The Celtics defense has begun to respond, making every shot tough for the Magic. Glen Davis missed a shot, leading to a Celtics fastbreak and Rajon Rondo made an uncontested layup. He has 15 points and 16 assists. Orlando ball.


End of regulation, Tied at 102: The Celtics had their chances with Kevin Garnett and finally Paul Pierce missing shots in the final moments. Pierce’s jumper rimmed out as time expired. Rajon Rondo has 16 assists. Orlando makes 17 of 24 shots in one second-half stretch.

Fourth quarter, 30.4, Tied at 102: Kevin Garnett drains a jumper and both teams get stops. Celtics ball with 22 seconds left on shot clock.

Fourth quarter, 1:34, Magic 102-100: After Kevin Garnett slams home an alley-oop for a 3-point lead, J.J. Redick comes back with a 3-pointer off a screen and after a Boston turnover, Glen Davis scores a layup as the Magic continue their stunning run.

Fourth quarter, 2:51, Celtics 98-97: Would they be the Celtics if they didn’t make one final run after playing so poorly in the second half? With Rajon Rondo back in the game, the ball is moving and Kevin Garnett is making plays. Celtics ball.

Fourth quarter, 7:05, Magic 95-91: Orlando has hit 17 of its last 24 shots and Jameer Nelson has been unstoppable. Even Josh McRoberts hit a 3-pointer. It’s been one of those second halves for Orlando. Rajon Rondo remains on the bench.

End of third quarter, Magic 82-80: In a stirring turn of events, Orlando ends the quarter on an 8-0 run with Jameer Nelson scoring all 8 and the Magic shoot 76.4 percent in the period (13 for 17) and take the lead. Nelson has 15 points and J.J. Redick has 16 for Orlando.


Third quarter, 2:24, Celtics 78-72 The Celtics are playing subpar in the quarter, allowing the Magic to chip away at the lead and stay close. Rajon Rondo extended his consecutive assist streak to 37 games. He has 11 points and 11 assists. The Magic are 10-for-13 shooting in the quarter and J.J. Redick has 8 points in the quarter.

Third quarter, 10:57 Celtics 58-51 Doc Rivers had seen enough after 63 seconds, calling a full time out to gather his team for a little pep talk after a couple of turnovers to begin the half.

Halftime, Celtics 58-48: The Celtics played an impressive offensive half, shooting 48 percent and getting 36 total points from their starters, Rajon Rondo has 10 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds while Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett each have 9 points. J,J, Redick, Arron Afflalo and E’Twaun Moore each have 8 points for Orlando.

Second quarter, 3:18, Celtics 50-40: The Celtics are shooting 55.6 percent in the second quarter and have scoring contributions from eight players as they attempt to produce their second consecutive strong game. Rajon Rondo has 8 points and eight assists while Leandro Barbosa scored 11 points in four minutes.

Second quarter, 8:18, Celtics 38-31: Leandro Barbosa just finished an impressive run of 11 points in four minutes but he also picked up three fouls in that span. The Magic are hanging around by being pesky around the boards and using individual scoring against the Celtics team defense. Orlando is not running many plays.

End of first quarter, Celtics 28-22: Leandro Barbosa scores 5 straight points and Courtney Lee drains a jumper at the buzzer as the Celtics try to create some distance. Lee looked confident against his former team, scoring 5 points in the quarter. Rajon Rondo has six assist. Arron Afflalo and E’Twaun Moore each have 6 points.


First quarter, 1:33, Celtics 21-18: The Celtics are getting good shots but are 9-for-22 shooting with three turnovers. Rajon Rondo already has six assists and former Celtics E’Twaun Moore has already canned two 3-pointers.

First quarter, 6:00, Celtics 14-10: The Celtics are off to a fast start, pushing the pace against the scoring-challenged Magic. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett each have 5 points while Rondo has five assists. Garnett also has four rebounds against Orlando younger Nicola Vucevic.

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