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NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic halftime: Magic 51, Celtics 47

May 24, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

That was the best half the Magic have played this series.

For the first time in four games, there was a real passion from the Magic, which explains the 52-47 lead. Orlando’s stars are stepping up. Dwight Howard was 6 of 8 shooting in the first half, while Jameer Nelson was 4 of 7. The Magic stars were making plays (even if overall they shot 28.6 percent from three as a team).

This was what we expected Magic. It was their best half of the series. But could they really hold the lead.

Magic came out far more aggressive. They shot the ball from everywhere and they made them, they got to the spots they like on the court. Boston stepped up their intensity, but they could not force the Magic out of their game.

If the Magic can keep this up for a second half, things get interesting.

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