The Boston Celtics proved one thing to any basketball player out there. You have to play until the final buzzer, or you are going to suffer the consequences. If not, just ask Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic, who managed to have a 27-point lead at one point in the first half, but who completely collapsed at Orlando, yes, as the home team, against the veteran Boston Celtics, who were playing without Ray Allen or Rajon Rondo. Kudos have to go to Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics for never losing their perspective despite been so far behind. Paul Pierce had 24 points and 10 assists, and E'Twaun Moore added 16 points off the bench to help Boston beat Orlando for the second time this week. It was an embarrassing week for the Orlando Magic, to say the least. First they took an awful loss against the Celtics at Boston. The Celtics put a 31-point loss earlier this week over the Orlando Magic.
So for the better part of the first half, it really looked as if the Orlando Magic would get its revenge, as it kept on building up a big deficit. The Magic outscored the Celtics by 16 points in the first quarter and by five in the second quarter to hold on to a 21-point lead in the halftime break. But then again, the Boston Celtics, a team that so many critics already had said would be too old to compete this season, gave the Magic an even more humiliating lose when they pulled off such a comeback as the Magic fell apart. Forget the so called Orlando's Superman. He was nowhere to be seen when his squad needed him to make the basket that could had saved the night. It's hard to say if it will all be blamed on Dwight Howard, but then again, Howard didn't had such a bad game. He just wasn't there in the key moments. Dwight Howard finished the night with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Jason Richardson added 13 points, and Ryan Anderson had 12. But little came from Stan Van Gundy, the Magic's head coach, who, seems to me, might have to be looking for a new job for next season. Orlando Scored only 25 points in the second half, while Paul Pierce had 24 points and 10 assists leading the Boston Celtics to one heck of a comeback win.
Knowing that some of the key players were on the bench, it would be up to the substitutes to get things moving. And the bench didn't fail to deliver. Consider for a moment that E'Twaun Moore added 16 points off the bench to help Boston beat Orlando for the second time this week, and pull off a win from the largest losing deficit since 1966. It was hard to watch a team like the Magic just fall apart like they did. Not even their coach had a good answer to what the heck happened on the court. "Their pressure, again, really pushed us sideways," Van Gundy said. "We got frustrated with the officials and we got totally off our game."