- Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “The Orlando Magic now know what they need to improve: their first-quarter starts and their defense. Both were woefully lacking in their 109-106 loss Monday night to the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Again. Following an all-too-familiar pattern, the Magic spotted the Celtics an early 10-point lead and allowed the hosts to shoot 60.0 percent from the field. [...] The Magic showed plenty of resilience, just as they did throughout their now-concluded road trip, but that toughness didn’t overcome some late heroics by the Celtics’ Big Three of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Allen sank a magnificent 3-pointer right in front of the Magic bench to put Boston up 102-101 with 2:16 left. Pierce made a 3-point play to break a 104-104 tie with 38.7 seconds remaining. Positioned on the right side of the elbow, Pierce pump-faked to draw Jason Richardson into the air. Pierce released an on-target jumper just before Richardson collided with him.”
- John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “In a classic game with 26 lead changes and 18 ties, it was only fitting that this Orlando-Boston slugfest came down to the final minute. And appropriately enough, the team that has been intact for years (Boston) was better with its execution than the one that was dramatically reconfigured (Orlando) a month ago. Regardless of the reasons for Orlando’s 109-106 loss to Boston, the frustrating final minute from Monday’s epic is sure to stay with the Magic until they get another shot at the rival Celtics again in three weeks. [...] For the Magic (26-15), the loss was the fitting end to a tantalizing, but also somewhat troubling stretch of games. A week ago Orlando was riding a nine-game losing streak, but it dropped three of four games on the trip because it was unable to get stops at big times. New Orleans won in overtime, Oklahoma City shredded the Magic for 125 points and the Celtics often scored at will and shot 60 percent from the field.”
- Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “If you’re Orlando, you can’t feel too terribly about this loss, as you didn’t learn too much new about your team. The positive–and I understand the Magic, who fancy themselves championship contenders, don’t give a rip about “moral victories”–is you managed to take the East’s top team at the NBA’s halfway mark to the final minute in their building. The defense has to improve, sure, but you at least demonstrated you have enough offense, more than enough offense, to challenge Boston on a nightly basis. [Dwight] Howard keys that, as his 33 points against single coverage attests, but the Magic also had four more players score in double-figures. Efficiency is the greater issue. Richardson missed his first five shot attempts before warming up in a major way after halftime, going 5-of-9 from the floor to close the game for 14 points. Ryan Anderson and Brandon Bass, Orlando’s power forwards, combined for 29 points on 9-of-15 shooting, with Anderson drilling his first four three-point tries to shoot Orlando back into the game in the second period.”
- Gary Dzen of The Boston Globe: “Exhale. Kevin Garnett made a triumphant return to the Celtics lineup tonight, notching 19 points and 8 rebounds as the Celtics defeated the Orlando Magic 109-106 in a wildly entertaining game at TD Garden. In the process, Garnett erased any concerns about rust or about the severity of a leg injury that kept him out for three weeks. With the game tied, Paul Pierce converted a 3-point play with 38.7 seconds left to give the Celtics a 107-104 lead. But in a game with 26 lead changes, that margin seemed anything but safe. On the ensuing Orlando possession, Garnett showed just how powerful his defensive energy can be, stealing the ball from Magic point guard Jameer Nelson and finding Ray Allen up ahead of the field for two free throws that sealed the game. The play was vintage Garnett. The situation called for exactly that.”
- Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald: “Nine games and three quarters after he limped off the Palace floor in Auburn Hills, Mich., with what was thankfully just a strained right calf, Garnett was back in the band and he didn’t miss a beat. He led the percussion section with eight rebounds in the 109-106 victory over Orlando, seamlessly adding 19 points. The Celtics were concerned about KG’s conditioning, but in his 31st and final minute on the floor, he roamed far out on the wing and made the steal that essentially ended the game.”
Second Look: Boston Celtics 109, Orlando Magic 106
It must be nice to hurl up a shot an entire second after you get bumped and still have it be considered in the act of shooting. Come on Paul that was garbage. Don't believe me watch the replay.
not bad for a team that still have to optimize his playing together. lose against thunder an d celtics in very close games and against hrnets over the time all on the road wasnt a great knockback. orlando is in reach against the top teams.
i think SVG will start next game Anderson and sitting Bass on the Bench.
if i look past at the games something is strange if i remember corect magic loose games if howard is very strong in scoring. if orlando is very balanced in scoring 7-8 t players in double figuers the team wins. strange...