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Celtics Hold Off Magic In Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals

Robert P. Stephens | 5/17/2010, 11:07 a.m.

The Boston Celtics held off the Orlando Magic's fourth quarter surge to defeat the Magic 92-88 to take a 1-0 lead in their best of seven series in the NBA Eastern Conference Championship in front 17,461 Magic fans at the Amway Arena in Orlando. The Celtics defense held the Magic offense to a 41.6% shooting percentage.

Ray Allen led the Celtics with 25 points while grabbing 7 rebounds. Paul Pierce had a fine all around game with 22 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists. Rasheed Wallace came off the bench to score 13 points and played strong defense against Magic center Dwight Howard. Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo contributed 8 points and 8 assists.

At one point of the regular season experts started to doubt the Celtics because of their age.

" I can honestly say we lost ourselves," Celtic coach Doc Rivers said at the Celtics post game conference. " I think we have found ourselves again."

"There were stretches in the season,we know each other so well now, where we were becoming less patient with each other," Ray Allen said at his post game conference. " We were getting on on each other too much but we can take it, but we respect each other."

The Magic were led by Vince Carter's 23 points and 5 rebounds. Jameer Nelson chipped in with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Dwight Howard was held to 13 points while grabbing 12 rebounds. The series resumes Tuesday night in Olrando.

Meanwhile the defending NBA Champion Los Angles Lakers will be at home to face Phoenix in the first game of that seven game series Monday night. The Lakers took three out of four against the Suns during the regular season.