Celtics captain Paul Pierce netted 24 points while contributing 10 assists and rookie E’Twaun Moore added 16 points off the bench to lift Boston past the Orlando Magic 91-83 last night at Amway Center. Missing trusted PG Rajon Rondo and sharp-shooter Ray Allen to minor injuries, Boston’s depleted lineup fought back from 27 points behind, containing the Magic hit just 2-of-17 from the field in the final 12 minutes.
“Everybody was big. Obviously, when you got a rookie (Moore) who hasn’t played too much to come in and do the things he did – that’s big for us,” said Pierce. “This team decided to stand up and fight.” Kevin Garnett provided a balanced attack inside with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Brandon Bass came up with 10 points and 5 boards, respectively.
Orlando featured five players in double digits despite their struggles to close out in the end. Center Dwight Howard led the team with 16 points and 16 total rebounds. “We thought it was going to be easy after the first two quarters,” said Howard. “We can’t allow that to happen. We’ve got to change. We have to change what we do, and guys have to know their roles and do it. That’s just the bottom line.”
The Celtics will look to build on this momentum tonight at home against the Indiana Pacers. They will then prepare to challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday (also scheduled to face them again Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena). Purchase your Boston Celtics tickets here at AceTicket.com!