The Orlando Magic are not ready to go home yet. With two impressive wins in a row, Orlando avoids elimination for a second time. The Orlando Magic won game five of the 2010 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals in Orlando against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, May 26, 113-92.
Jameer Nelson led the Orlando Magic in scoring with 24 points. Nelson also had 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Dwight Howard had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Rashard Lewis finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds, Matt Barnes had 9 points and 7 rebounds and Vince Carter had 8 points. J.J. Redick scored 14 points coming off the bench for the Orlando Magic.
Rasheed Wallace led the Boston Celtics in scoring with 21 points off the bench. Rajon Rondo had 19 points and 6 assists, Paul Pierce scored 18 points, Kevin Garnett scored 10 points and had 5 rebounds and Ray Allen had 9 point and 7 assists. Kendrick Perkins had only two points and was ejected from the game after receiving 2 technical fouls.
“I didn’t think he deserved either one. But he got them,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said.
Not only did Boston lose Perkins to technical fouls, they then lost Glen Davis in the third quarter. Dwight Howard inadvertently elbowed Davis in the face giving him a concussion. Davis tried to get up as play continued on the other end of the court, slipping and then finally wobbling his way to midcourt. Referee Joey Crawford caught him as he made his way to the sidelines.
“I don’t know what kind of tests they’re going to do with Baby. He’s a little delirious anyway,” Rivers said, chuckling.
No team in NBA history has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.
“We just all believe,” Nelson said. “We all believe. We know we can do it, one game at a time.”
“I don’t know if you can say you have momentum when you’re down 3-2 going into their place,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. “I still look at it like we’re climbing a huge mountain here. But we are playing better.”
“They are a great team when they get a lead, because then those 3s are easy,” Rivers said. “I thought we never applied any real pressure.”
Game 6 of the 2010 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals will take place Friday, May 28 in Boston.