Ford Keys to the Game: Magic at Celtics

Ford Keys to the Game

Magic 96, Celtics 89

Game Highlights

Photo of the Game

Celtics Huddle

Brian Babineau catches a photo of the Celtics' huddle during the pregame starting lineup announcements.
Brian Banineau/NBAE/Getty

Key Moment

Thirty-six to 11.

That was how badly the Orlando Magic outscored the Boston Celtics in the third quarter this afternoon en route to a 96-89 victory.

Boston didn't score a field goal over the final 7:16 of the third and got only two points, two free throws from Tony Allen, during that span. The Celtics were out of whack offensively, and they racked up eight turnovers as a result. And while they were struggling offensively, they Magic were doing anything but.

Orlando hit 12 of their 17 shots in the period, including four of their five 3-point attempts, and also shot 8-of-9 from the free throw line. Eight of those baskets went down as assists, and 12 of the 36 points came in the paint. The Magic were spreading the wealth, and three of their players wound up scoring at least eight points in the quarter

A third quarter like that was far from anticipated after the stellar first half Boston put together, but today it happened, and it wound up being the deciding factor in the game.

Key Box Score Line

Rajon Rondo played another impressive game today and again came close to recording a triple-double. His shooting was most impressive, as he drilled seven of his 13 shots, including 2-of-2 from downtown. He also finished the game with nine assists compared to only three turnovers and attacked the glass for eight boards.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce both played only 30 minutes apiece, and both finished with 13 points.
  • Kendrick Perkins played only 21 minutes, and he finished with only two points and two rebounds.
  • All five Magic starters finished in double-figures, led by Vince Carter's 20 points.
  • Jameer Nelson recorded only four assists compared to five turnovers.
  • Boston outrebounded Orlando 40-38.
  • For the second straight time in this matchup, Orlando made more free throws (23) than the Celtics attempted (19).
  • Matt Barnes, Rashard Lewis and Vince Carter combined to shoot 8-of-11 from 3-point range.
  • Boston's bench outscored Orlando's 30 to 20.
  • Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo both recorded three steals.
  • Rajon Rondo finished with a game-high nine assists.
  • Boston outscored Orlando 42-28 in the paint.
  • Each team held a double-digit lead in the game. Boston's largest lead was 11, while Orlando's was 17.

Quote of the Night

Orlando Heat Head Coach Stan Van Gundy on what happened in the third quarter: "Mirror image of what happened to us the other night at home. Big lead at the half, get absolutely annihilated in the third quarter. People wanna know how you can let that happen, now you've got someone else you can ask besides us. It happens, I mean teams get on a roll and then it's tough to stop them."


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