ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The Orlando Magic finally met their match
in the playoffs.
Ray Allen scored 25 points, Paul Pierce had 22 and the Boston
Celtics used smothering defense to beat the Magic 92-88 on Sunday
in the Eastern Conference finals opener.
Rasheed Wallace added 13 points as the Celtics built a 20-point
lead, then held on late to snap Orlando's 14-game winning streak.
Vince Carter had 23 points and Jameer Nelson finished with 20
for Orlando, which cut the lead to two in the final seconds but
simply ran out of time, looking rusty after a six-day layoff.
Dwight Howard was limited to 13 points and 12 rebounds, nowhere
near the dominant force the Magic need to win a title.
Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night in Orlando.