Rashard Lewis netted the go-ahead score in the paint with 1.3 seconds left in regulation to push the Orlando Magic by the Boston Celtics 96-94 yesterday at the Amway Arena. Rasheed Wallace had a chance to tie it up with a 3-ball at the buzzer but failed to convert. Despite the loss in Orlando, not all was disappointing news for the C’s, as Rajon Rondo was named to join Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in the 2010 NBA All-Star game for the first time in his career.
Rondo, who was notified just before the game, took the opportunity to acknowledge the Big 3 for helping him really grow and develop through his four years in Boston. “I always thought I was an All-Star-caliber guard, but for the coaches to think so, it’s an honor,” said Rondo. “I try to play with that spirit, that tenacity each night. But having three future Hall of Famers in front of me, showing me how to do it, helped out a lot.”
The 23-year old PG was able to collect 11 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in his 37 minutes played. Ray Allen and Sheed led Boston in scoring with 20 and 17. It seemed as though the Celts were in control with an 11-point lead to start the fourth quarter. Orlando then proceeded to post 35 to their 22 in order notch the victory for themselves. “We deserved it,” said Doc Rivers. “I thought we completely lost our focus…We should’ve been up by 25 points.”