The NBA Title Dream of the Magic Will Not Die…Yet: In OT, Orlando Defeats Boston 96-92 in ECF Game 4

Look at the body language…the Magic are relieved, the Celtics stunned

Rajon Rondo didn’t have his best game (3-10, 9 points, 3 assists but did have 8 rips and 3 steals) and Jameer Nelson capitalized. Nelson had 23 and 9 dimes (6 turnovers, 6 fouls) and hit two critical threes to open the overtime session as the Orlando Magic stayed alive and defeated the Boston Celtics 96-92 in Game 4.  Dwight Howard has his best game in these playoffs and dominated inside. Howard had 32 Shaqs and 16 Barkleys but more importantly played with a sense of urgency in a game he pretty much had to step up.

Dwight played fluid ball. He moved quickly and made quick decisions when the ball was in his hands. He played with a personality he needs to play with every single second and that’s with a mean streak. His four fouls were true fouls and not fouls where he was simply caught out of position.

This was a game the Celtics had to have because now with a restored sense of confidence, the Magic can return home and take care of business. I’m standing by my pick of the Magic in seven because they definitely are the younger and better conditioned team.

Rashard Lewis had a minimal impact but still needs to give his team a charge and make volume threes because that’s what he does. The Magic were a plus 14 with J. J. Redick in the game and his 12 points were huge.

The Big Three had a good showing…Paul Piece had 32 , Ray Allen had 22 and Kevin Garnett scored 14 but no one else reached double figures. The Magic were a respectable 10-28 from behind the arc while Boston shot a miserable 5-18.

Game 5 Wednesday night in Orlando.

Orlando
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3M-3A +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
R. Lewis F 41:55 4-10 3-4 2-3 +13 1 5 3 0 2 0 4 13
M. Barnes F 29:39 4-8 0-0 2-6 -8 3 7 1 0 0 1 2 10
D. Howard C 43:10 13-19 6-14 0-0 +8 5 16 0 4 0 4 4 32
J. Nelson G 43:24 7-14 6-9 3-6 +3 1 5 9 0 0 6 6 23
V. Carter G 30:56 1-9 1-1 0-3 +1 1 2 2 0 1 3 4 3
J. Redick 33:11 3-6 3-3 3-5 +14 0 2 1 0 2 4 1 12
M. Pietrus 12:54 0-4 0-0 0-3 -5 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 0
B. Bass 11:05 1-2 1-2 0-0 -9 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 3
M. Gortat 9:50 0-0 0-0 0-0 -4 0 3 0 0 0 1 2 0
J. Williams 8:57 0-2 0-0 0-2 +7 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
R. Anderson DNP — COACH’S DECISION
A. Johnson DNP — COACH’S DECISION
A. Foyle DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 265 33-74
(.446)
20-33
(.606)
10-28
(.357)
11 43 19 5 5 19 27 96
Boston
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3M-3A +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
P. Pierce F 46:39 11-25 10-13 0-6 +5 2 11 3 1 2 2 3 32
K. Garnett F 41:00 5-12 4-5 0-0 -3 1 12 1 0 1 3 3 14
K. Perkins C 26:41 0-2 3-4 0-0 -11 1 4 2 2 0 1 3 3
R. Allen G 45:46 7-12 3-4 5-7 -6 0 5 1 1 2 2 3 22
R. Rondo G 42:57 3-10 3-4 0-0 -5 1 3 8 0 3 3 4 9
G. Davis 25:49 3-5 0-0 0-1 +4 3 7 1 2 2 2 4 6
R. Wallace 12:30 2-7 0-0 0-4 +2 1 3 0 0 0 1 4 4
T. Allen 11:40 1-2 0-0 0-0 -6 1 1 2 0 0 1 4 2
M. Finley 9:29 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
N. Robinson 2:10 0-1 0-0 0-0 +2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
M. Daniels 0:19 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Williams DNP — COACH’S DECISION
T. Gaffney DNP — INACTIVE
O. Lafayette DNP — INACTIVE
B. Scalabrine DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 265 32-76
(.421)
23-30
(.767)
5-18
(.278)
10 47 19 6 10 15 30 92
Officials: Scott Foster, Bob Delaney, Derrick Stafford
Attendance: 18,624
Time of Game: 3:05
Technicals
Boston
– K. Garnett (9:22 – 3rd Qtr)
– R. Wallace (10:31 – 4th Qtr)

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