Monday, November 19, 2007

The Celtics' Streak Magically Ends

The NBA's best-shooting team, the Celtics found themselves uncharacteristically down 20 points and trailing after three quarters. They came back and made it close, but a number of missed attempts for a basket with the time winding down caused the Orlando Magic to hand the Boston Celtics (8-1) its first loss, 104-102. Garnett, Ray Allen, and Pierce were each averaging 20 points. Only Pierce topped the mark Sunday, scoring 28 points and keying several quick runs that brought Boston back.

This game was a chance for Orlando (9-2) to show it deserved the conference's second-best record. It was the first time a team shot better than 50 percent against the Celtics and the first time Boston trailed at the half and entering the fourth quarter. At 9-2, when did the Magic become so good? Orlando and New Orleans are the shocking, surprise teams of the year thus far.

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