The Boston Celtics won game 2 of the 2010 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday, May 18, against the Orlando Magic in Orlando, 95-92.
Paul Pierce led the Boston Celtics with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Rajon Rondo had 25 points and 8 assists, Kevin Garnett had 10 points and 9 rebounds and Kendrick Perkins had 10 points and 5 rebounds for the Celtics.
Dwight Howard led the Orlando Magic with 30 points and 8 rebounds. Vince Carter added 16 points, J.J. Redick contributed 16 points and 5 rebounds and Jameer Nelson had 9 points and 5 rebounds for the Magic.
“I think we are becoming the team that started the season,” Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “The team that started the season was pretty good.”
“I won’t stop believing,” Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard said. “And I won’t let my teammates stop believing.”
“Our fans won’t let us relax,” Boston Celtic’s Paul Pierce said. “We’re going to try and close it out in four games.”
“Just think our mindset was to be ready for the type of intensity they would bring after losing at home,” Pierce said. “We know the Magic are a talented team and we won’t take these two wins for granted.”
In the last moments of the game, J.J. Redick made a crucial mistake by dribbling to half court before calling a timeout. That wasted seconds and forced the Magic to take the ball out from beyond half court. Had he called the timeout the moment he got the ball the Magic would have been able to inbound at half court and would have had several more seconds to make that crucial last play.
“It would have made a big difference,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We said in the thing to call a timeout. We didn’t make the right play there at the end.”
Redick took the blame – “I made a mistake,” he said. “I didn’t hear the whistle initially. When I didn’t hear it initially, I just kind of went, then I realized we should have called a timeout. So that was my fault.”
Paul Pierce said they want to take the next two games at home and wrap this series up.
“The feeling of the team right now is just focus,” Pierce said. “Only thing we did was win two games.”
The Orlando Magic have not lost two home games back-to-back since the NBA finals last year against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals will take place Saturday, May 22 in Boston.