The Boston Celtics continued their domination of the Orlando Magic with a 95-92 win over the Magic in front of a sell out crowd of 17,461 at the Amway Arena in Orlando. Orlando put up a fight but again fell short of victory and now face a must win situation in Boston for game three. Paul Pierce led the way with 28 points, while grabbing 5 rebounds and dishing out five assists.
"A lot of teams can win at home, but we're a mentally strong group," said Pierce at his post game press conference. "You can't expect that calls are going to go your way, and I like playing in front of a hostile crowd." The Celtics won 26 games on the road this season. "It’s just the group. I don't know the answer, honestly. Our team personality, its an edgy team and I actually like that part about them. It doesn't take much to get them riled," said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers.
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Magic gaurd Vince Carter, who missed two critical free throws with 39 seconds remaining, was upset at his teams' play and his own demise at the free throw line.
"I don't take losses well," said Carter at the teams post game press conference. "Especially when you're on a team like this. They brought me in to make plays and deliver in crunch time. For me to step up there and miss two free throws, regardless, this doesn't sit well with me."
The Celtics had another good night from point guard Rajon Rondo who scored 25 points, while dishing out 8 assists and grabbing 5 rebounds. Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett chipped in with 10 points a piece. The two big men combined to collect 15 rebounds. Glen Davis led the bench in scoring with 8 points and 6 rebounds. Rasheed Wallace scored 6 points and Tony Allen scored four, and were solid coming off the bench. In their 60 minutes stint of play they committed only 2 turnovers.
Dwight Howard found his offensive game to lead the Magic with 30 points while grabbing 8 rebounds. Vince Carter chipped in with 16 points. Jameer Nelson was held to 9 points. JJ Redick came off the bench for 16 points for the Magic.
" Unfortunately, we have a long time off before the next game. We have got to get our guys to stay focused and humble." said Doc Rivers the Celtics head coach on the next game to be played on Sunday in Boston.