The Boston Celtics moved one step closer to the NBA Finals, in their win over the Orlando Magic. The win for Boston snapped Orlando’s eight game postseason winning streak. The Magic swept Charlotte in four games, and then the Atlanta Hawks.
Boston jumped out to a 16 point lead after three quarters, limiting the Magic to just 58 points. Dwight Howard, the best player for Orlando scored just one basket in three quarters and ended the game with 7 turnovers. This is after the Celtics forced Cleveland star LeBron James to nine turnovers in the game six debacle.
Paul Pierce led the Celtics in scoring with 22 points, and added 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the win. The Big Ticket Kevin Garnett had just 8 points, but added in with 11 rebounds and his stellar defense on the Magic big man. Rasheed Wallace added 13 points off the bench for Boston.
Orlando committed 18 turnovers in the game, and shot just 41.6% from the field and 22.7% from three point range. The Magic saw Vince Carter scored 23 points in the loss, while Jameer Nelson added 20.
Through the first eight postseason games this postseason, Orlando was averaging over 100 points per game, and allowing just over 80. In the four game sweep over Atlanta, the Magic outscored the Hawks by 125 points – an average of 31.25 points per game.
Boston has been led in the postseason by their stellar defense, which they showed Sunday afternoon. The Celtics have allowed 91.4 points per game through the first 12 games. Boston has won five of six at home during the postseason.
The two teams will play the second game in Orlando on Tuesday night. Games 3 and 4 will be played in Boston on Saturday May 22nd and Monday May 24th. Game five in Orlando is set for Wednesday May 26th, while the Celtics are scheduled to host game six Friday May 28th. If needed, a game seven will be played in Orlando on Sunday May 30th at 8:30pm EST.