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Monday, May 11, 2009

Game 4: Celtics 95 Magic 94

Glen Davis's 20 foot jumper at the final buzzer gave the Magic an excruciating loss and Boston the win and home court advantage back as the series is now tied at two games apiece.

The Magic led after one quarter 28-25, and had their largest lead of the game at 42-38 in the second quarter, but the Celtics went into the half with a 48-46 lead. Boston extended their lead to as much as 69-60 in the third quarter and went into the fourth quarter with a 79-71 lead. The Celtics led 89-82 with just under 7 1/2 minutes remaining before they went cold from the field, missing their next eight shots to allow the Magic to take a 92-91 lead and then a 94-93 lead thanks to two Rashard Lewis free throws with 11 seconds remaining, which set up Davis's heroics.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 23 points (8 of 14 field goals), 17 rebounds, 3 blocks
Rashard Lewis: 22 points (8 of 14 field goals), 5 rebounds
Hedo Turkoglu: 11 points (4 of 14 field goals), 4 assists
Mickael Pietrus (bench): 11 points (3 of 8 field goals), 2 steals

Boston leading scorers

Paul Pierce: 27 points (9 of 15 field goals), 4 assists
Rajon Rondo: 21 points (8 of 15 field goals), 14 rebounds
Glen Davis: 21 points (9 of 14 field goals), 6 rebounds
Ray Allen: 12 points (6 of 13 field goals), 5 rebounds, 4 assists
Kendrick Perkins: 12 points (5 of 7 field goals), 13 rebounds, 5 blocks

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: BOS 52.8% (38 of 72) ORL 40.0% (34 of 85)
3 PT FG%: ORL 18.5% (5 of 27) BOS 10% (1 of 10)
FT%: ORL 75% (21 of 28) BOS 66.7% (18 of 27)
REB: BOS 44 (9 offensive) ORL 38 (12 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 20/8 BOS 16/13
BENCH: ORL 31 BOS 2

Other game notes and stats:

-The Celtics' starters outscored the Magic starters 93-63
-The Celtics' "Big Three" of Pierce, Rondo, and Allen had their best combined game of the series, scoring 60 points
-The Celtics' starting guards (Rondo and Allen) outscored the Magic starting guards (Alston and Redick) 33-7
-Rondo and Allen combined to shoot 14 for 28, Alston and Redick 2 for 14
-Turkoglu, Alston, and Redick combined to shoot 6 of 28, including 2 of 15 on threes
-The Celtics' bench shot a combined 1 for 8 from the field
-Eddie House, who had scored a combined 46 points in his two previous games, was held scoreless in 17 minutes, and attempted just one shot
-Redick led the Magic with 7 assists
-Other than Howard, no one had more than 5 rebounds for the Magic
-Rondo had only 3 assists for the Celtics
-Courtney Lee and Marcin Gortat each had 8 points off the Magic bench
-The Celtics made just 2 of their final 10 field goals, with Davis making both in the final minute
-The Magic made just 4 of their final 14 field goals, and 4 of their final 7 free throws

Game 5 will be Tuesday night in Boston.

For the complete box score, click here

3 Comments:

  • At 1:23 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I thought the Magic played as good defense as possible on that last play, and not letting Pierce or Allen beat them. Davis made the clutch shot, and he shot well all night; have to give the Celtics credit.

    The Magic had their chance when Boston went cold in the fourth quarter, but the Magic made just 4 of their last 14 FGs, and missed 3 big FTs during that span also.

    I'm very disappointed in Alston for the first time since the Magic traded for him; he easily had his worst game in a Magic uniform, with just 5 points and 2 assists in 27 minutes. I was also disappointed in Turk's play.

    I know Redick shot poorly,but Alston, Turk, and Pietrus shot poorly also; at least Redick did a nice job of dishing the ball with 7 assists.

    Lee hit a couple of big shots late in the game; I'm sure he will start in Game 5.

    I suppose it was unrealistic to expect the Magic to shoot 59% like they did in Game 3, but whoever thought so many guys would shoot so poorly!

    It's as simple as this... the Magic MUST win Game 5 if they hope to win this series; I'm confident they can go out and do so.

     
  • At 12:34 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Magic is still a better team in my book. They missed a ton of shots (especially 3s) and they cannot duplicate that even if they try as hard as they can. Additionally, they made a tactical mistake twice towards the end when Hedo - who has been awful all night - took ill-advised 3s who missed. That ball should have gone to either Rashard or Dwight, who was hitting his FTs well. I expect the Magic to win the next two games.

     
  • At 4:48 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Yea both of you guys are right on. SVG should just show them the film. Missed shots and not pounding dwight more lost us that game. For me i also have to mention the fact that i hate hedo's make or miss mentality when games are this huge,get to the basket for crying out loud. In philly it worked out for him but last night obviously like matt said not so good. Lotta guys should be looking in the mirror after playing that way and i agree with mike that CL should regain his starting position and SVG needs to light a fire under RA. At the same time SVG has some work to do coaching wise also,we havent defended their pick-n-pop for big baby well all series and last night we actually lost a game on that play. He's gonna have to come up with a defense that works against that play or the magic will not win game 5.

     

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