In a battle for the second spot in the Eastern Conference standings with the playoffs just weeks away, the Orlando Magic found a way in the final minutes to stay ahead of the Boston Celtics. Dwight Howard had 24 points, 21 rebounds, and blocked the potential go ahead lay up by Paul Pierce with 3.8 seconds left. Rashard Lewis finished with 21 points, and Hedo Turkoglu contributed with 13 points and four assists.
With the win the Magic were able to claim their second straight Southeast Division title.
Pierce led Boston in scoring with 26 points and Ray Allen followed with 16 in their efforts. The Celtics may have a tough road ahead for the post-season if they have to travel to Orlando and Cleveland on their quest to get back to the championship. “Our guys don’t care about home court. They want to get healthy,” said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. “And when we get healthy, we’re willing to lace up against anybody.”
The Celtics will travel to Atlanta for their next game against the Hawks this Friday at 7:30 pm. They will need to put together a win streak for their final 9 games to regain home court advantage.
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