The Boston Celtics won game three of the 2010 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic in Boston on Saturday, May 22, 94-71, putting the Celtics up 3-0 in this series.
Glen Davis, coming off the bench for the Celtics, led the team in scoring with 17 points. Davis also had 6 rebounds. Paul Pierce had 15 points and 9 rebounds, Ray Allen had 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, Rajon Rondo had 11 points and 12 assists and Kevin Garnett had 10 points and 6 rebounds. Rasheed Wallace came off the bench with 10 points and 4 rebounds for Boston.
Vince Carter and Jameer Nelson led the Orlando Magic in scoring, both with 15 points each. Dwight Howard had only 7 points and 7 rebounds. Mickael Pietrus came off the bench for 12 points. No one on the Orlando Magic team had more than 2 assists.
“We’re motivated for what’s at stake. We see the big picture,” said Boston Celtics’ Paul Pierce. “We were coming home for two games on our home court. We’re motivated. We can feel it. Guys know what its like to win a championship and play for a championship.”
“The most disappointing to me was that I didn’t have our team better ready to play,” said Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. “It starts with me. It’s my job. I’m the coach of this team. It starts with me and I’m not happy with where we had our team tonight or anything I did.”
When speaking of Rajon Rondo’s performance Saturday night, Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers said, “What he’s doing is, he’s leading the team. He’s playing with great focus. He has a great sense of what to call offensively. And now he’s giving an amazing effort, never giving up on any possession. When you have that speed and then you have that heart, you become a pretty good player.”
“This is a tough one to swallow,” Carter said. “To come out with a sense of urgency — I don’t feel like we really did that. They did a great job of really playing like they were down and they needed to win more than we did. And after about midway in that first, they started pulling away from us and we never recovered.”
“We’ve got to resist the temptation of looking forward. We’ve got to win a game,” Rivers said. “They’re going to come back in the next game, and they’re going to give us their best shot. They’re a competitive group, and we know that. Quite honestly, we’re not good enough to let up. I can tell you that.”
The Botson Celtics have opened a 3-0 lead in a playoff series ten times. Four of those times they’ve swept and six times they won in five games.
“We can’t hold our heads,” Howard said. “This is a very tough situation, but if we already think about being defeated then we shouldn’t even come for Game 4. We’ve got to just keep fighting and stay together.”
Boston led by as many as 32 points in game three.
Game four will take place Monday, May 24 in Boston.