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Final: Celtics 94, Magic 71

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  May 22, 2010 11:09 PM

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Final, Celtics 94-71:
It's all over. The Celtics win Game 3.

Fourth quarter, 5:34, Celtics 87-56:
Super early playoff Gino in effect at the Garden.

Fourth quarter, 8:07, Celtics 85-53:
Rasheed Wallace is into double-figures with that last three-pointer. Fans chanting "Beat LA" at the Garden.

End third quarter, Celtics 75-47:
Ray Allen adds a three for good measure. Hard to imagine the Magic coming back with any energy Monday night after a whooping like this.

Third quarter, 1:01, Celtics 72-47:
This one is getting out of hand. Dwight Howard is still stuck on five points.

Third quarter, 4:54, Celtics 66-43:
A 10-5 run by the Celtics puts them comfortably ahead once again. The Celtics seem perfectly comfortable taking hits from the Magic and answering back with hits of their own. Incredibly the Celtics have turned the ball over just four times so far.

A fun moment as Patriots wideout Wes Welker, shown on the Jumbotron, stood up and ran in place for the Garden fans. Welker was obviously trying to assure Patriots fans that his knee is just fine. Patriots teammate Vince Wilfork, also at the Garden, could only laugh as he watched Welker on the big screen.

Third quarter, 7:50, Celtics 56-38:
Matt Barnes shoves Kevin Garnett into Stan Van Gundy. Foul on Barnes. Some words exchanged between the players. If the Magic are going to put up a fight, the time is right now.

Third quarter, 11:05, Celtics 51-34:
Both Rashard Lewis and Kendrick Perkins pick up their fourth personal fouls.

Halftime, Celtics 51-34
If you would have asked Doc Rivers whether he would have taken a 17-point halftime lead tonight -- he would have taken it. And the Celtics did not melt in the second period when Orlando started to hit shots. The Celtics shot 51 percent in the half while Orlando hit 8 of 14 shots in the second quarter to avoid the blowout. Jameer Nelson has 10 for Orlando and the rest of the Magic is 9 for 25 from the field (36 percent). Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Glen Davis each have 10 for the Celtics.

Second quarter, 2:51, Celtics 49-29
Doc Rivers goes back to basics after Celtics lose offensive focus as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett score buckets to increase lead to 20. Rashard Lewis (2 points, 1-for-4 shooting) has just picked up his third foul and should be on the bench the rest of the half. Jameer Nelson has 10 for Orlando and Dwight Howard has 5.

Second quarter, 4:21, Celtics 45-29
Celtics actually led by 24 but a Jameer Nelson-led 10-2 run has Orlando within the vicinity and the Celtics are trying to finish the quarter strong and not allow Orlando to get within single digits. Nelson has 10 while the rest of the Magic are 8 for 22 from the field.

Second quarter, 8:32, Celtics 36-17
Celtics are playing as well as they did in Orlando and even better through the first 16 minutes. A 9-4 run to begin the second quarter has Orlando reeling and the sad part for the Magic is they are getting beat on hustle plays. Rajon Rondo just beat Jason Williams to a loose ball and converted it into a layup.

End of first quarter, Celtics 27-12
Boston ends quarter on a 20-6 run and hold the Magic to 23.5 percent shooting as Orlando looks overwhelmed already. The Celtics shot 55 percent in the quarter and received balanced scoring, including 8 points from Paul Pierce. Dwight Howard has 1 points on 0-for-4 shooting and 1-for-4 from the free throw line.

First quarter, 3:18, Celtics 16-6
Celtics on a 9-0 run after allowing a 6-0 Orlando run. Celtics are moving the ball well and giving the ball to Kendrick Perkins on streaks to the basket because Dwight Howard is so consumed with playing the dribble drives by Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo. Ray Allen has seven points and the Celtics are 7 for 15 from the field. Orlando looks unorganized and lethargic at this point.

First quarter, 5:43, Celtics 9-6
The Celtics started off 7-0 and the Magic looked helpless but a stretch of six straight empty possessions allowed the Magic to crawl back into the game. The Celtics are just 4 for 11 from the field, including 1 for 4 by Paul Pierce. The Magic are 3 for 8 and have four turnovers.

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