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The Boston Celtics pushed the Magic to the limit minus two of their big men and the biggest defensive presence in the NBA but had no more magic Sunday night as they lost to the Orlando Magic, 101-82, and had their World Championship defense come to an end.
Ray Allen finally broke out of his slump, scoring 23 points, but the other important members of the team *ahem* Paul Pierce (16 points on 4-13 shooting) did not deliver as the Magic finally hit their shots. The Magic led from the start and though the Celts cut the deficit to just a few points in the third quarter, the Magic made a 10-0 run early in the fourth to pull away.
Coming into the series everyone knew if the Magic hit their shots it would be tough for the Celtics to win. In games 4, 5 and 6 the Magic struggled from three point land but finally the shots fell Sunday as they hit an incredible 13-20 threes on the night.
So for the Celtics, it’s a tough way to go out, losing games 6 and 7 with a chance to advance, something that’s never happened in their history.
For the Magic, it’s a date with LeBron and Cavs in the Conference Finals.