The Celtics finished off the Orlando Magic tonight 96-84 to advance to the NBA Finals for the second time in three years. A middle finger extended to all the media-types who fabricated paranoia among Boston fans.
It was a fantastic team effort.
Rajon Rondo dominated the 1st quarter – 12 of his 14 points. He was hindered by a sore back/hip after taking a hard fall late in the 1st. Rondo was the reason the Celtics built a 10 point lead.
Nate Robinson was white-hot in the 2nd quarter – 13 points. He also played stellar defense on Jameer Nelson.
Ray Allen's two early 3s in the 3rd quarter snuffed out any chances of a fade.
And the Truth. Paul Pierce was money all night long – 31 points, 13 REBOUNDS, 5 assists.
More to come…
"Nobody believed in this team, but we believed in our selves. Congrats to the Heat, Cavs and Magic, but we're going to the Finals" – Wyc Grousebeck.
"Kevin was a little amped to start the game. He turned into Bruce Lee… I'm not sure what that was all about," – Doc Rivers.
After the jump, photos from the game.