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Celtics–Magic Game Six: Math for dummies and for the Boston Celtics

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 10:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic (C) drives against Glen Davis #11 of  the Boston Celtics (L) as Paul Pierce #34 looks on in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 10, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
Craig ShoreyContributor IMay 15, 2009

With 22 turnovers, only scoring three three pointers, and eight points from the free throw line, the Boston Celtics effort just could not add up to a win.

 

Rondo lead the team with 19 points and made two of the teams three pointers, while Pierce and Allen combined for grand total of zero for 10 from beyond the arc.

 

Early in the game Big Baby and Perkins got into foul trouble and seemed to really show late in the game.

 

Several times in the second quarter and then again in the fourth, the Celtics had opportunities to put the Orland Magic away.  In a 69 second-span Pierce scored nine points to pull the Celtics ahead by one.

 

Four minutes left in the game Celtics lead 73-72.

 

Two minutes left, 75-76 Orlando lead.

 

Pierce went to the line for two free throws. His two free throws equaled no points, as he missed them both.  The Celtics never regained the lead from that point on.

 

Magic forced a game seven with a 75-83 win.

 

Howard went nine of 16 from the field and had a total of 23 points to lead the game as the top scorer.  He ripped down 22 boards.

 

As dismal as the numbers were for the Celtics, they could have pulled out a victory, but it added up to one more attempt on Sunday night to advance to the next round.

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