Early Sunday I wrote that the Celtics-Magic series would be epic. That still could be the case, but Game 1 was absolutely awful.
Boston held off a late Orlando rally behind clutch free throws and held on for a 92-88 win. Ray Allen and Paul Pierce played well, and Rasheed Wallace chipped in off the bench. Rajon Rondo had a quiet game but made a few plays here and there.
Meanwhile, Dwight Howard played one of the worst games of his career. His final numbers–13 points, 12 rebounds, and five blocks–were overshadowed by seven turnovers and constant complaining.
As bad as the Magic played, they could have easily won the game if a couple shots had fallen. The NBA’s best 3-point shooting team shot just 5-of-22 from downtown in Game 1.
Game 2 should be better–hopefully.