Dwight Howard controlled the inside game with 21 points and 10 rebound to lead his Orlando Magic to a decisive 113-92 victory over the Boston Celtics yesterday at the Amway Arena. After being down 3-0 before Monday’s contest in Boston, the Magic have been able to regroup and claim the next two games and force the series to continue.
“I don’t know if you can say you have momentum when you’re down 3-2 going into their place,” said Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. “I still look at it like we’re climbing a huge mountain here. But we are playing better.” Jameer Nelson has really stepped up his game lately, producing 24 points last night while dishing out five assists. JJ Redick was phenomenal off the bench, netting 2-of-3 behind the arc to earn 14 points during his 22 minutes on the floor.
The Celtics are still confident despite their recent struggles. Glen Davis, Marquis Daniels and Kendrick Perkins are all questionable for Game 6 due to injuries and possible suspensions. In light of the sudden change in momentum, the veteran lineup is still aware of their favored position up 3-2 at home. “We’ve been here before, it’s nothing new,” said Ray Allen. “It’s nothing that worries me. This is basketball, this is what it’s all about, being resilient and being there for your teammates. This is what we do.” Celtics vs. Magic Playoff tickets are now available!