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The Celtics, playing without Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo (sprained ankle), were down by as much as 22 points against the Magic, but got the game within three points late in the fourth quarter thanks to a tremendous effort from Ray Allen. However, after a missed three-point attempt to tie the game, a bad call was made against Leon Powe for an off-the-ball foul that sealed the game for Orlando, who came into Boston and won 86-79.
Ray Allen was stupendous against the Magic, as he put the team on his back to try grab the win. His only flaw was his missed three-point attempt to tie the game late in the fourth. He finished the day with 32 points and 9 rebounds. Paul Pierce, now the Celtics third all-time leading scorer behind John Havlicek and Larry Bird, finished the day with 16 points.
Kendrick Perkins added 10 points and Leon Powe had 12 points off the bench.
Dwight Howard was the star for Orlando with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Rashard Lewis had 15 points, Hedo Turkoglu had 16, and newcomer Rafer Alston had 10. The Magic gained a game on the season series with the Celtics, who still lead it 2-1. They have one more match-up in Orlando later this month to wrap up the season series.
The Celtics are really hurting now. Glen Davis suffered a sprained ankle against the Magic, adding to a large list of injured Celtics. Kevin Garnett, Brian Scalabrine, Rajon Rondo, and Glen Davis all are hurt. Garnett is expected to miss at least a couple more games, and Rondo is out indefinitely with the ankle injury. Good thing the C’s signed Stephon Marbury!
The Celtics will look to rebound in Miami on Wednesday against the Heat.
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