The Boston Celtics moved one game away from winning the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night. After beating the Milwaukee Bucks in five games, then splitting the first four against Cleveland, the Boston Celtics have won five straight games. Boston blew out the second seeded Orlando Magic 94-71 on Saturday night.
The Celtics jumped out to a 15 point first quarter lead, and cruised through the second quarter heading to the locker room ahead by 17 points. The Magic made small spurts, but Boston held the Magic to just 13 points in the third quarter to make the game laughable at 75-47 after three. Orlando out scored the Celtics 24-19 in the fourth quarter, but it was way too late.
The Celtics saw six players score in double figures, led by reserve Glen “Big Baby” Davis scoring 17. Paul Pierce added 15, Ray Allen 14, Rajon Rondo with 11, while Kevin Garnett and reserve Rasheed Wallace added 10. Boston dished out 23 assists in the game, led by point guard Rajon Rondo’s 12. Boston shot just under 47% from the field in the win.
Orlando was held to 24-65 shooting and 8-30 from long distance. Top scorer Dwight Howard scored just 7 points and 7 rebounds for the Magic. Orlando as a team turned the ball over 17 times, to Boston’s 8.
18,624 people saw this game at the TD Garden in Boston. Game four will take place in Boston as well, with the chance for the Celtics to win the Eastern Conference title, and dethrone Orlando from their title chase. Game four will take place on Monday May 24th at 8:30pm EST.
In the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Lakers will also look to take a 3-0 lead over the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers, who are defending their World Championship, won both of the first two games at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Lakers and Suns will tip off tonight from Phoenix at 8:30pm EST. The rest of the National Basketball Association conference championships will occur on alternating days. After Monday’s Eastern Conference game four, game five will be played on Wednesday, while Tuesday will feature the Lakers/Suns – game four.