Magic Remains Alive In Eastern Conference Final
Robert P. Stephens | 5/28/2010, 12:04 p.m.
The Orlando Magic remain alive in their best of seven series against the Boston Celtics with their 113-97 win Wednesday night at the Amway Arena in Orlando. The Magic led at the half 57-49 and continued to put the pressure on the Celtics the second half, especially the fourth quarter when they outscored the Celtics 57-49.
" I don't know if you can say you have momentum when you're down 3-2 going into their place," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said at his post game press conference. " I still look at it like we're climbing a mountain here. But we are playing better."
" I just feel that if we keep believing in each other and trusting one another and playing as hard as we can, anything's possible," Magic Dwight Howard said at the players post game conference. The Magic became physical with the Celtics with Celtic center Kendrick Perkins picking up his 7th technical of the playoffs which by NBA rules dictate that he be suspended for a game unless overturned by league officials. Glen Davis of the Celtics also suffered a concussion from an elbow by Dwight Howard.
He will have to be cleared by the medical staff before playing in the next game.
" I don't know what kind of test they are going to do with Baby. He's a little delirious anyway, " Boston coach Doc Rivers
said at his post game conference. As for the techinical fouls called on Kendrick Perkins, " I don't think he deserved either one. But he got them," Rivers said.
The Magic outshot the Celtics 52.2% to 43.1% from the floor. The Magic was led in scoring by Jameer Nelson with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assist. Dwight Howard countered with 21points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots. Rahard Lewis scored 14 points while grabbing 7 rebounds. JJ Redick came off the bench to score 14 points.
" We just all believe," Nelson said. We all believe. We know we can do it."
Rasheed Wallace led the Celtics coming off the bench with 21 points. Rajon Rondo chipped in with 19 points and 6 assist. Paul Pierce finished his night's work with 18 points. Ray Allen was held to 9 points, however he did dish out 7 assist.
The series returns to Boston Friday night.