Orlando Magic Outshoot Boston Celtics to Extend NBA Playoffs

May 27th, 2010 by Hardcourt Mayhem Leave a reply »
For the second consecutive game the Orlando Magic brought something new to the table offensively and, for the second consecutive time, they beat the Boston Celtics. 

Their 113-92 victory extends their season and forces a Game Six, as the venue shifts back to Massachusetts with the C’s still up, 3-2, but now pushed.

This time, Orlando used intense dribble penetration to generate offense instead of playing off of Dwight Howard in order to free up their shooters. It worked, and the Magic hit nine three pointers in the first half and shot 52 percent from beyond arc.

That strategy allowed Howard to play off the shooters as opposed to them playing off of Howard. Without the responsibility to be the main source of offensive production, Howard was once again free to do his clean up job. He produced 21 points and 10 rebounds on 12 shots in 40 minutes, contributing to the team’s overall 52.2 percent shooting from the field.

Besides out-shooting Boston, Orlando also controlled the interior. The Magic out-rebounded the Celtics, 43-26, grabbed 10 offensive boards, allowed only four, and had a 40-28 edge on points in ...

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