ORLANDO—Some early thoughts from Amway Arena.
Doc Rivers, who stressed the importance of his big men to play disciplined before the game, sent an early message to Glen Davis. The hero of game four would not return for the rest of the quarter, as the Celtics shot out to a 25-22 lead after one, quieting a crowd that was already nervous.
At 10:41 left on the clock, after getting Boston’s first basket on a layup, Davis pulled out after committing his first foul and was replaced by Brian Scalabrine. At 9:29, Dwight Howard dunked for his first basket. At 9:09, Howard answered with a put-back dunk. At 8:33 Perkins scored as shot clock expired. At 7:46, Howard gets an easy layup then taunts and gets a technical foul.
Howard started three for four, while the rest of the team started zero for nine, before Rafer Alston drilled a three-pointer midway through the quarter.
Magic were ice cold in first quarter and shot just nine for 26.