Celtics Shock the Magic Again to take a 2-0 Series Lead

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Paul Pierce scored 28 points, Rajon Rondo

had 25 and the Boston Celtics again avoided a late collapse to take

a commanding lead in the Eastern Conference finals with a 95-92

victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.

Boston bullied and bruised its way to a 2-0 series lead on the

road against a Magic team that had won 14 straight until this

series. The Celtics held the Magic to 39 percent shooting.

Dwight Howard had 30 points, and Vince Carter and J.J. Redick

scored 16 apiece for the Magic, who overcame an 11-point deficit to

take a brief lead in the fourth quarter. But they couldn't hold it.

Jameer Nelson's desperation 3-point attempt airballed at the


Game 3 is Saturday night in Boston.