Celtics pull away in 2 OT win over Magic
Four players scored in double figures for the Magic, led by HTurkoglu and GHill, each with 20 pts. However, Turkoglu scored just 2 pts in the 4th quarter and the OT periods. TBattie added 13 pts, 11 rebs; DHoward 12 pts, 14 rebs, 6 blocks. However, Howard had 6 TOs and was just 4 of 12 from the FT line. JNelson struggled mightily, scoring just 9 pts on 4 of 16 FGs. He also missed what would have been the game-winning basket late at the end of regulation and the OT. TAriza led the reserves with 7 pts in just 15 minutes. KDooling and CArroyo added 6 pts each. BOS was led by Paul Pierce with 32 pts, including the game-tying 3 pointer in the first OT. Al Jefferson added 23 pts, 13 rebs.
BOS (40 of 92, 43.5%) outscored the Magic (35 of 84, 41.7%) from the field 82-73. Both teams struggled from 3 pt range, with the Magic going 3 of 11, and BOS 2 of 12. BOS (23 of 28) had a much better FT percentage than the Magic (23 of 37). BOS had the slight edge at rebounding 46-45. Magic hurt themselves with 20 TOs, BOS had just 14. BOS also had the better AST/TO ratio of 19/14, compared to 19/20 for the Magic. The Magic bench outscored the BOS bench 22-16.
The Magic now fall to the 8th seed in the East, 1/2 game behind NJ, who beat IND. Magic are 1 1/2 games ahead of IND and NY, who surprised CLE. Magic have only a day of rest, then host IND FRI night in another key game.