Boston 102, Orlando 98

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Officials - #19 James Capers, #11 Derrick Collins, #58 Josh Tiven
Attendance - 18624

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Orlando 22 29 19 28 98
Boston 33 22 24 23 102

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Orlando 36-26 20-12 16-14 L1
Boston 37-26 22-9 15-17 W1

Recap


CELTICS 102, MAGIC 98: Paul Pierce had 29 points and a career-best 14 assists as host Boston clinched the Atlantic Division crown.

Avery Bradley matched his career-high with 23 points and Brandon Bass added 21 as the Celtics won their 30th division title despite the absence of point guard Rajon Rondo to a back injury.

Glen Davis scored 27 points and Jameer Nelson had 21 points and nine assists for Orlando, which was without standout center Dwight Howard (back) for the sixth consecutive contest.

One night after scoring a season-high 43 points against the New York Knicks, Pierce took over the role of distributor with Rondo sidelined. He already had achieved a season-high for assists by halftime with 11.

Pierce also hit the biggest shot of the game for Boston, draining a 20-footer with 7.6 seconds left immediately after Davis’ steal and fast-break dunk pulled Orlando with 98-96. After Orlando again pulled within two with 3.8 seconds left, Pierce hit two free throws with 2.9 seconds remaining to put the game away.

The Magic trailed by 13 points with under seven minutes to play before exploding on a 12-1 run and pulling within 92-90 on Nelson’s driving layup with 3:04 remaining.

Kevin Garnett added 15 points and nine rebounds for Boston.

J.J. Redick had 13 points and Ryan Anderson had 12 points and nine rebounds for Orlando.

The Celtics shot 62.2 percent in the first half en route to a 55-51 halftime lead.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Pierce’s previous high for assists was 13, accomplished twice. … Orlando hit just six of 24 3-point attempts. … In addition to Rondo, guard Ray Allen (ankle) and forward Mickael Pietrus (knee) missed the contest for the Celtics. … The Magic had a 43-29 rebounding edge.

Top Game Performances

Orlando   Boston
Glen Davis 27 Scoring Paul Pierce 29
Jameer Nelson 9 Assists Paul Pierce 14
Ryan Anderson 9 Rebounds Kevin Garnett 9
J.J. Redick 8 Free Throws Made Paul Pierce 11
Glen Davis 3 Steals Paul Pierce 2
Earl Clark 1 Blocks Greg Stiemsma 4

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Orlando 98 46.2 6-24 20-30 17 43 2 8 16
Boston 102 54.3 3-7 23-27 23 29 6 6 15

Upcoming Games

  • Boston will play their next game on the road against Atlanta. The Celtics have a W/L % of .649 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Orlando will play their next game on the road against Utah . The Magic have a W/L % of .541 after a win and .640 after a loss.
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