Magic 95 Celtics 90 – Superman pulled down 22 rebounds and blocked three shots, including sending Ray Allen’s layup attempt into the 14th row, to lead the Magicians to a victory on Boston’s home court. Pure boredom allowed the Celts to sneak back into the game after falling behind by 28, but this one was barely in doubt. I don’t think Boston is going to find a way to wriggle out of this one, newsflash for anyone that cares, without KG the Celtics suck, and if evidence that the Bulls took them to 7 wasn’t enough, wait until Orlando dispatches them in 6.
Fun Fact: J.J. Redick scored 12 points in 29 minutes. That’s two straight double-digit games for Redick. A few more of those and the #7 Orlando jerseys are going to begin flying off the shelves, causing this writer to swallow some words.
Rockets 100 Lakers 92 – Houston celebrated their first trip to the second round in over a decade by stealing home-court advantage from the Lakers. Kobe scored 32 and the rest of the Lakers were terrible. That, and LA shooting 2 of 18 from 3 point range (including 1 for 7 from Kobe himself), wrote the story. I’m sure the Rocket win is ultimately meaningless as the Lakers are destined to win this series, but it’d be a little fun to watch the Zen Master and company sweat. Maybe Kobe is in a funk realizing he’ll never again win an MVP. At least Mario Lopez enjoyed things:
The Hawks-Cavs series sweep begins tonight, along with Mavs-Nuggets game 2.