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The Boston Celtics defeated the Orlando Magic by the score of 94-71 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead in the 2010 NBA Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics were led by a balanced attack, as six players scored in double-figures. Rajon Rondo led the way, as he finished the game with 11 points, 12 assists, three rebounds, and four steals.
Boston is, and has been, the better team in the series.
End of story.
The signature moment in Game 3 came during the second quarter.
The Magic, as they did throughout the evening, committed a turnover after poor offensive execution and as Jason Williams ran to retrieve the basketball in the backcourt as he stood straight up, Rondo dived on the floor, gained control of the ball, and made a layup to increase the lead for the Celtics by 19 points. It was those type of hustle plays that defined Boston’s blowout victory, and left Orlando searching for answers after the game was over.
The Celtics played smarter, harder, and buried the Magic when they had the chance to do so.