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Celtics Squeak Out Game 5 Win

In a game largely controlled by the Orlando Magic, the Celtics came through when it counted, and delivered a 92-88 win. Ray Allen drilled a three-pointer with 1:20 left in the fourth quarter to give the Celtics their first lead since the opening minutes. Big Baby finished strong, playing 42 minutes and pouring in 22 points. Paul Pierce came close to a triple double with 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists. Stephon Marbury propelled the Celtics with his biggest contribution of the playoffs, scoring 12 points in the fourth quarter.

Orlando’s game plan towards the end of the game wasn’t suited towards enabling them to hold the lead. Their star player, Dwight Howard, only managed 10 field goal attempts for the whole game. Ouch. Yet, when the game was on the line, and the they needed a three, they inbounded the ball to him…How did you draw that one up Van Gundy? What about Alston, Redick, and Lewis?

It wasn’t pretty and the Celtics were largely outplayed for the entire game, but they somehow managed to win this one. Consistency at the free-throw line, a rare sight for the Celtics, was paramount to the victory; the Celtics were a perfect 21-21 from the line. Rivers made some good decisions down to the wire, forcing the Magic to take free throws instead of letting them shoot (like they did against Ben Gordon and we all remember how well that worked out for the Celtics…). The Celtics outscored the Magic 33-21 in the fourth quarter.

The series now heads back to Orlando with the Celtics leading 3-2.

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5 comments for “Celtics Squeak Out Game 5 Win”

  1. Celtics Squeak Out Game 5 Win: In a game largely controlled by the Orlando Magic, the Celtics came through when ..

    Posted by Sports of Boston | May 13, 2009, 2:38 am
  2. […] at 8:18am ⋅ Post a comment Uh oh..trouble in paradise. It looks like Dwight Howard agrees with me here, and rightfully so I say. The play calling for the Orlando Magic in Game 5 was atrocious. […]

    Posted by Dwight Howard Calls Out Stan Van Gundy | Sports of Boston | May 13, 2009, 8:18 am
  3. Cannot believe the Magic blew it. It was definitely more of a choke than a great comeback. Ray Allen hit a big shot and we showed our experience down the stretch. I cannot see how the Magic can put two near wins behind them and close out this series.

    Good for Marbury to finally step up big

    Posted by Jeff | May 13, 2009, 9:52 am
  4. […] blown out and blow someone out (Games 2 and 3), how to completely blow a game and lose (Games 4 and 5), and how to win when your back is against the wall (Games 6 and 7). What does Game 1 of the […]

    Posted by Celtics Help Magic Beat Cavaliers in Game 1 | Sports of Boston | May 22, 2009, 5:31 am
  5. […] contribute a few times. Marbury was a key player in a come from behind victory for the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals back in 2009. His 12 points in the fourth quarter alone […]

    Posted by With West out Could the C’s Turn to Marbury? | Sports of Boston | December 2, 2010, 2:31 pm

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