LeBron James produced quite the stat line yesterday to help his Cleveland Cavaliers claim victory over the Orlando Magic 115-106 on their home court. Along with his 32 points, James was able to collect eight rebounds, 13 assists and two steals. The league’s hottest team has now won 13 straight, improving their home record to an impressive 24-3.
Dwight Howard led the Magic with 19 points and 11 rebounds, mostly produced when the other ‘Superman,’ Shaquille O’Neal was sidelined due to foul trouble. Shaq came up with 10 points and six rebounds in just 19 minutes played.
O’Neal later decided to take a few shots at Howard after the game, saying “I don’t really consider it manning up until you play me straight up. I’ve never doubled anybody. So you tell me who the real Superman is.” The Magic will next take on the Detroit Pistons after the NBA All-Star break on Wednesday, February 17th as the Cavaliers play host to the Denver Nuggets the following day.
The Orlando Magic went on a 19-0 run in the third quarter to come back and defeat the Boston Celtics 96-89 yesterday at the TD Garden. “We were getting what we deserved,” said Boston head coach Doc Rivers, “I love our team on paper, but we tend to be front-runners. When we get a good lead we relax and teams take advantage of it and then you’re caught and it’s tough to turn it back on.”
The C’s were in control throughout the first two blocks until the Magic surged in the third, scoring 36 points to Boston’s 11. Vince Carter was 3-for-4 from deep to help him collect 20 points for the Magic. Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson contributed 16 and 15, respectively.
Rajon Rondo led Boston with 17 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and three steals. Paul Pierce posted 13 in his return to the lineup. “The foot was a little sore,” said Pierce. “But I don’t think it affected too much of my movement.” Boston is next scheduled to matchup with the New Orleans Hornets Wednesday at 8:00 PM.
Rashard Lewis netted the go-ahead score in the paint with 1.3 seconds left in regulation to push the Orlando Magic by the Boston Celtics 96-94 yesterday at the Amway Arena. Rasheed Wallace had a chance to tie it up with a 3-ball at the buzzer but failed to convert. Despite the loss in Orlando, not all was disappointing news for the C’s, as Rajon Rondo was named to join Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in the 2010 NBA All-Star game for the first time in his career.
Rondo, who was notified just before the game, took the opportunity to acknowledge the Big 3 for helping him really grow and develop through his four years in Boston. “I always thought I was an All-Star-caliber guard, but for the coaches to think so, it’s an honor,” said Rondo. “I try to play with that spirit, that tenacity each night. But having three future Hall of Famers in front of me, showing me how to do it, helped out a lot.”
The 23-year old PG was able to collect 11 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in his 37 minutes played. Ray Allen and Sheed led Boston in scoring with 20 and 17. It seemed as though the Celts were in control with an 11-point lead to start the fourth quarter. Orlando then proceeded to post 35 to their 22 in order notch the victory for themselves. “We deserved it,” said Doc Rivers. “I thought we completely lost our focus…We should’ve been up by 25 points.”
Boston will need to re-focus immediately for their next contest tonight against the Atlanta Hawks before hosting the LA Lakers at the Garden on Sunday.
Celtics guard Ray Allen expressed his opinions earlier this week in regards to his upcoming free agency period. The veteran sharp shooter hopes to remain in Boston and wouldn’t mind taking a pay cut to do. “I’d like to be here. There’s no reason to be any other place,” said Allen. “I’d love to retire with this organization. But that’s up to the team. I want to be here. This team has proven over the decades to be a winner, one of the best in sports, and that’s what this organization plans to do. I’m committed to it.”
There are rumors circulating that Boston is looking to trade Allen before his contract expires. Celtics head coach Doc Rivers decided share his thoughts with WEEI radio station, saying ”I’ve heard some silly talk over the last two or three days about trades that we’ve been discussing…I don’t think there’s a trade out there that we can pull off and I don’t mind if we don’t.” The C’s are scheduled for a game against the Orlando Magic tonight at 8:00 PM in Florida. Boston Celtics tickets are now available!
Shannon Brown came off the bench for 22 points to push the Los Angeles Lakers past the Orlando Magic 98-92 in yesterday’s 2009 NBA Finals regular season rematch at the STAPLES Center. The 24-year old PG after receiving an invitation to participate in the annual slam dunk competition was out to prove himself as more than just a high riser.
“We knew they were going to be ready to get some kind of revenge from the series, so we knew how the reserves played would be really important,” said Brown. “If you want to be the best at this game, you’ve got to have a great all-around game. I definitely work on more than my dunks.”
Yesterday featured an assortment of lead changes until the start of the fourth quarter when LA went on to score 15 straight. Kobe Bryant finished the game with 11 points, leaving him 22 shy of becoming the youngest NBA player to join the 25,000 point club. LA is scheduled to take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers this Thursday in Cleveland. The Magic will next host the Indiana Pacers tomorrow night at 7:00 PM.
Dwight Howard earned yet another double-double with 22 points and 17 rebounds, leading his Orlando Magic past the Atlanta Hawks 93-76 last night at Philips Arena. The Hawks were coasting until the third quarter when Orlando proceeded to double their point total for the block with 28. From there the Magic continued on, dominating with 26 more fourth quarter points to their 11.
“I came out in the second half and just trusted my teammates,” said Howard. “They made some open shots and I tried to dominate the paint. It doesn’t matter if we’re down 20, we’re going to continue to fight.”
The Magic just barely stand alone on top of the Eastern Conference with a 12-4 regular season record. Atlanta along with the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers fall right behind at 11-4. Despite the recent disappointing loss, the Hawks have seemed to improve year by year with their core group of guys still intact led by Joe Johnson, Mike Bibby and Jamal Crawford. In 2008 they finished 37-45 and took the Celtics to seven games in the opening round. Last season they advanced to the Semifinals and were swept by Cleveland.
After another year of playoff experience, this now veteran squad will look to play spoiler against the big market teams in the playoffs. They have definitely entered their way into the discussion in regards to who will come out on top of the East.
LeBron James dominated in an early season rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic with 36 points, as the Cleveland Cavaliers went on to win 102-93 yesterday at the Amway Arena. Lately the 5-3 Cavs have started to find their rhythm after starting the season slower than anticipated. “I think we just played with a sense of urgency,” said James. “We’re in attack mode. The whole game we put pressure on their defense.”
Shaquille O’Neal as always was a huge presence down low with 10 points. Even though his numbers weren’t necessarily through the roof, he contained Orlando’s premier center Dwight Howard to just 11 points and 7 rebounds. It’s not unusual for Howard to walk off the floor with a 20/20 stat line, so for Shaq to cut that in half and get him in foul trouble was key to Cleveland’s success.
LeBron and the Cavaliers can smile about their victory in Orlando following their dismal performance in the playoffs last season. James knows as a veteran that a lot of work lies ahead for his squad, saying “It’s just one game. We will see them later on this season.” The teams will meet again on Thursday, February 11th at the Quicken Loans Arena.
Vince Carter first checked in to start the second quarter and proceeded to contribute for 15 points as the Orlando Magic cruised by the Charlotte Bobcats 93-81 Tuesday at Time Warner Cable Arena. Carter decided he was ready to compete yesterday since having ankle problems for the past week or two. “I was totally surprised,” Stan Van Gundy said. “He made the decision, not me. He had a good run extending the lead in the fourth quarter.”
Orlando was up 35-23 in the first and continued to build their lead throughout the second. The Bobcats made a run soon after which continued into the second half, but they lost control down the stretch in the final minutes. “We played the last four minutes of the first half with a lot of energy,” said Charlotte coach Larry Brown. “We had to fight uphill and they’re hard to guard, especially when Vince is in there.”
The Magic and Bobcats have no time to rest up with games scheduled for tonight. Orlando is set to host the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Amway Arena. Charlotte is now traveling to Detroit for their game against the Pistons.
The Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers have already proved themselves as top contenders in the Eastern Conference while approaching this year’s regular season. They will open up their 2009-2010 campaigns against each other October 27th at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH.
The C’s have now moved to a 4-1 preseason record after defeating the Toronto Raptors last night. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett led in scoring with 17 and 16 points apiece. Glen Davis contributed with 13 points for Boston. Lester Hudson added 12 and Kendrick Perkins and Eddie House each scored 11.
All Big-3 members have looked healthy and sharp all week heading into the final stretch of exhibition games. “That was nice,” said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. “Unexpected, actually, because Kevin got kneed in the calf in the first half so I didn’t think he was running well. And all of a sudden out of nowhere, he becomes the old Kevin.”
The Cavs (3-1) although suffering their first preseason loss yesterday have been performing quite well. They fell to the Washington Wizards 109-104 without franchise player LeBron James who was out battling the flu. Mo Williams (groin) and Delonte West (personal problems) were also sidelined for the game.
Despite missing a few starters their role players remained competitive. Forward Jawad Williams scored 21 points and pulled down five boards. Shaquille O’Neal came up with 13 in his 19 minutes played. Jamario Moon and Anthony Parker added 12 and 11. The Cavs will now head to San Antonio to face the Spurs before playing the Dallas Mavericks back to back.
Lets not forget the Eastern Conference Champion Orlando Magic, a team that so far has yet to be defeated. They just showed as dominant two days ago after coasting by the New Orleans Hornets 121-86. Dwight Howard has handled all opponents, racking up double doubles game by game. It seems as though the 2008 top teams in the East have plans to stay there for the upcoming season.
Tickets for 2009-2010 Boston Celtics regular season games are now available! Celtics players are definitely eager for the upcoming year and hope to put themselves back in top contention for another championship run. Expect All-Star forward Kevin Garnett to come back healthy to complete the big three once again. Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo have another year under their belt and will only show improvement for next season. Big Baby is back along with newly acquired Rasheed Wallace and Shelden Williams off the bench. With this said, the Celtics front office has done more than enough to give the team a fighting chance to campaign for Green 18.
The Celtics will open up the regular season against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena October 27th. They will then match up against the Charlotte Bobcats at home before hosting the Chicago Bulls October 30th. Boston will look for revenge against the Orlando Magic at the Garden on November 20th and again on Christmas day at the Amway Arena.
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