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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Game 1: Magic 95 Celtics 90

The Magic barely hung on to win after blowing most of a 28 point, 65-37 lead with just under ten minutes remaining against Boston.

The Magic led after one quarter 24-19 before Boston came back to take a brief 30-28 lead in the second, only to see the Magic dominate the rest of the quarter and go into the half with a 54-36 lead. The Magic then scored 11 of the first 12 third quarter points to take their largest lead of the game at 65-37. That ended a 37-7 Magic run. The Magic still had a comfortable 78-62 lead heading into the fourth before Boston made things really scary for the Magic. The Celtics pulled to within 94-90 with under a minute left and had a chance to get within one point but Ray Allen's three pointer rimmed out. J. J. Redick made four free throws in the final 30 seconds to finally seal the deal for the Magic at 95-90.

Magic leading scorers

Rashard Lewis: 18 points (8 of 18 field goals), 7 rebounds, 3 steals
Mickael Pietrus (bench): 17 points (7 of 13 field goals)
Dwight Howard: 16 points (6 of 12 field goals), 22 rebounds, 3 blocks
Hedo Turkoglu: 15 points (6 of 16 field goals), 5 assists
J.J. Redick: 12 points (3 of 5 field goals)

Boston leading scorers

Paul Pierce: 23 points (7 of 18 field goals)
Rajan Rondo: 14 points (2 of 12 field goals), 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 7 turnovers
Glen Davis: 12 points (6 of 10 field goals)

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 43.2% (35 of 81) BOS 38.5% (30 of 78)
3 PT FG%: BOS 34.8% (8 of 23) ORL 33.3% (9 of 27)
FT%: BOS 84.6% (22 of 26) ORL 76.2% (16 of 21)
REB: BOS 47 (10 offensive) ORL 40 (7 offensive)
AST/TO: BOS 23/15 ORL 20/13
BENCH: ORL 26 BOS 26

Other game notes and stats:

-After starting 7 for 9 from the field, Lewis made just 1 of his final 9 shots
-The Magic used an eight-man rotation, with Anthony Johnson (5 points) and Marcin Gortat (4 points) in addition to Pietrus
-Rondo and Ray Allen combined to shoot just 4 of 24 from the field
-Add Paul Pierce's 7 for 18 shooting and the trio combined to shoot just 11 of 42 and combined for 46 points
-The Celtics' bench combined to shoot 10 of 17 from the field, with Brian Scalabrine scoring 10 points to lead their reserves
-The Celtics went on a 53-28 run in the third and fourth quarters to cut their deficit to three points
-Rafer Alson led the Magic with 7 assists, and had a 7/4 assist/turnover ratio

With the win, the Magic now have home-court advantage as Game 2 will be Wednesday night in Boston.

For the complete box score, click here

2 Comments:

  • At 12:07 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Bout what i expected. I knew the magic would steal a game in boston and i told a friend it would be game one. The magic just have to do a better job of not fouling and rebounding the basketball and we'll be alright. I'd also like to see SVG expand the line-up and see if battie can give us something!

     
  • At 5:33 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I'm more relieved that the Magic won rather than angry because they almost blew a 28 point lead.

     

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