Just like their last loss to the Magic, the Celtics played like crap for 3 quarters, rallied in the 4th only to fall short in the final seconds.
Dwight Howard (24 pts, 21 reb) was an unstoppable force in the paint – until the 4th quarter where he went 0-4.
Paul Pierce (26 pts, 19 in 2nd half) missed two chances to put the Cs ahead with less than a minute left. He missed an 18-footer with 47 seconds and had a drive to the hoop “blocked” by Howard with 3 seconds left. Yes – Howard made contact but it was a good non-call (I think – I’m having second thoughts after seeing those replays).
KG played 16 minutes scoring 4 pts with 8 rebounds. It must have killed him to stay on the bench in the final minute of this one.
Home court or not, the Celtics beat the Magic in 6 games in a playoff series.
Drown your sorrows in these Magic dancers pictures…