January 27, 2012- The Boston Celtics made a big statement Thursday night by rallying in the second half to beat the Orlando Magic. Of late, many NBA insiders have thought the big three for the Celtics Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce had their best years behind them. Last night they silenced many of their critics by rallying from a 21-point halftime deficit to beat the Magic 91-83.
It was the second win this week for Boston over Orlando. Monday night in Boston, the Celtics held the Magic to only 56 points. Last night, the Magic were held to only 25 points in the second half playing in front of their home crowd.
The Celtics have taken three months to get into game shape, but were able to turn around their season in just a week. They have accomplished it without stars Allen and Rajon Rondo who are both out with injuries.
Doc Rivers, the Celtic coach said, “This week has helped us build team character.” He added, “I told the guys at halftime to just get back into the game, just give us a chance in the fourth quarter to win it. And everyone responded”
It was the Celtics’ third consecutive win. Pierce led the team with 24 points scoring 19 in the second half rally. The Magic only made 8 of 36 field goals in the second half and in the fourth quarter were outscored by the Celtics 27-8.