What an exciting Game Seven it was...(that is, for Magic fans).
With most of the media favoring the Boston Celtics in this final battle, Orlando came out from tip off with ultimate energy and played at the peak of their performance throughout the entire 48 minutes of action, smashing the Celtics by 19 points in their own arena, 101-82.
Orlando as a team shot an unheard of 61.9 percent from the three-point line, going 13-for-21 (two short of tying a playoff record).
They dominated throughout the entire game, never once handing the lead to the subordinate Boston Celtics.
Forward Hedo Turkoglu displayed a highlight reel type of performance, scoring a game-high 25 points on a remarkable nine-of-12 shooting, with four three-pointers made and a career playoff high 12 assists.
With less than four minutes remaining in the game, Turkoglu knocked down a clutch three-pointer, ending the Celtics five to zero scoring run and stretching the lead to 15, with a score of 93-78.
This was the biggest shot of the entire game, as the Celtics went two-for-five during the remaining three and a half minutes, scoring their only two field goals with one minute left in regulation.
Dwight Howard put on another Superman-esque performance, scoring 12 points, grabbing a game-high 16 rebounds, and recording five blocks (numerous rejections on Boston's big man Kendrick Perkins).
Orlando's Mickael Pietrus really brought his A-Game to the court, going six-for-seven from the field and a perfect three-for-three from the three-point line, with a total of 17 points.
J.J Reddick continued his incredible defense on the Celtic's team-high scorer Ray Allen. As projected by ESPN, TNT, and almost every other sports coverage program, Allen managed to put up his greatest performance of the series, scoring 23 points on nine-of-18 shooting, with three three-pointers made. (Too bad his performance came too little too late.
Even Marcin Gortat brought the intensity off the bench with his vicious dunk at the eight minute mark of the second quarter.
The Celtics really disappointed NBA analysts, since nearly all of them projected Boston to capture the victory and advance.
Boston just did not come out with the fire in their eyes and clearly did not want this win as much as Orlando did.
Their go-to-guy, Paul Pierce, had virtually no impact in this all-or-nothing game, shooting just four-of-thirteen from the field with 16 points.
From the 10 minute mark of the fourth quarter on, the Celtics seemed absolutely desperate for a quick bucket, failing to ever cut the lead to within single digits at their own home.
With a major win in their back pocket, the Orlando Magic are now focusing on the next step (Eastern Conference Finals) on the long road to the NBA Finals.
Orlando Magic 101-82 Boston Celtics
I am sorry for all the Boston Celtic's fans out there on B/R....maybe next year : )