The Boston Celtics finished off a 12 game run that led to them become the Eastern Conference champions. After playing a hard fought series with Milwaukee then eliminating the top seeded Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics finished the second seeded Orlando Magic on Friday night.
Boston won the game 96-84 to advance to their 2nd NBA finals in 3 seasons. In 2008 Boston won the NBA title. The key to the game was back-up point guard Nate Robinson. Coming over from New York late in the season, Robinson scored 13 points in 13 minutes. The leading scorer for Boston was Paul Pierce, who scored 31 points and ripped down 13 rebounds. Ray Allen added 20 and Rajon Rondo scored 14 for the Eastern Conference champs.
Dwight Howard, the Orlando Magic leading scorer scored 28 points and ripped down 12 rebounds. Howard was 11-17 from the field, but just 6-12 at the free throw line. Vince Carter and Jameer Nelson were the other two Orlando players in double figures. Carter scored 17, while Nelson added 11.
After starting the series very slow, including a blow-out loss at home in game one, the Magic were starting to excite their fans winning two straight games. On Monday the Magic won a 96-92 game in overtime to move the series back to Orlando for a game five. Game five was not close, as Orlando blasted Boston 112-93 behind 24 points from Jameer Nelson. That moved the series back to Boston, were the Celtics jumped out to a 11 point lead after one quarter. Boston extended their lead to 13 at half, and 21 at the end of three. The final quarter was all about the Celtics just holding on, and that they did – beating the Magic 96-84.
The Magic were eliminated in the Eastern Conference finals after advancing to the NBA finals last season. The Magic lost to the Lakers in a hard fought series. This is the second straight season that Orlando won 59 games during the regular season.
The NBA Finals will start Thursday night at 9pm ET in either Los Angeles or Phoenix. The Lakers and Suns will play game six on Saturday in Phoenix, with the Lakers looking to finish off the Suns.