Celtics 102, Magic 98: Paul Pierce, Boston Beat Orlando To Win Atlantic Division

Paul Pierce scored 29 and had a career-high 14 assists as the Boston Celtics defeated the Orlando Magic, 102-98, on Wednesday night at TD Garden in Boston. With the win, Boston (37-26) won its fifth straight Atlantic Division title.

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Celtics Injury Update: Ray Allen, Mickael Pietrus, Rajon Rondo Didn't Travel With Team To Atlanta

The Boston Celtics have begun their trip to Atlanta to face the Hawks on Friday. Players not on the plane with the team include: Ray Allen, Mickael Pietrus and Rajon Rondo (via Boston Herald).

All three missed the C's last game on Wednesday at the TD Garden against the Orlando Magic. Boston won, 102-98, and took home their fifth consecutive Atlantic Division title. Allen has been battling a swollen right ankle, Pietrus has swelling in his right knee and Rondo has had back spasms.

The trio represents 35.9% of Boston's points per game, 28.6% of the rebounding per game and 61.3% of the assists per game. Of the three injuries, Allen's has caused the most concern to the team. An MRI done on his ankle two weeks ago came back negative yet the swelling has persisted.

Allen said about the ankle this week

"It was fine, there was no structural damage," he said earlier this week. "From what I could see, the only other course might to take an X-Ray."

The NBA Playoffs are scheduled to begin on April 28.

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Doc Rivers On Pat Summitt's Retirement: 'It's Sad In A Lot Of Ways'

Doc Rivers finished his press conference after Wednesday night's win against the Orlando Magic with a tribute to Pat Summitt, who announced her retirement Wednesday after being diagnosed last year with early onset Alzheimer's.

"I want to finish with Pat Summitt," he said through tears. "Retired. She's a neat lady. I got to know her a little bit, and I just think it's sad, in a lot of ways. Not basketball, but everything. I didn't want to get emotional; I'm an emotional person. And when you see a giant like that leave the game - and leave the game because of health - it's just said.

"But she is responsible for women's basketball. She is not just a women's basketball coach, she's a great coach. I'm in this, and the longer I'm in this I just realize how much coaching means to all of us. You think about it today: Pat Summitt is retiring at her age, and Larry Brown is taking a job at his age. And it just tells you how much it's in your blood and how much you love it. And for her not to be able to do it, for me is very sad."

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Celtics 102, Magic 98: Paul Pierce Gives Boston Win, Division Title

BOSTON - Paul Pierce is never content with just scoring. If he was, he wouldn't already be a lock for the Hall of Fame. Instead, the captain of the Boston Celtics will do whatever it is his team needs him to do. Scoring, rebounding, stealing, and yes, even passing.

One night after scoring more points than he had in six years, Pierce finished with a career-high 14 assists (and he still scored, totaling 19 points) to lead the Celtics past the Orlando Magic, 102-98, Wednesday night at TD Garden. Boston (37-26) clinched its fifth straight Atlantic Division crown with the win, as well as the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.

"I was able to take care of business, wrap up our division despite all we've been through, with injuries, with not playing well in the first half, it was a great accomplishment," said Pierce. "It was one of our goals coming into the second half of the season. It was a good win tonight, it was good to get the fourth seed."

On a night when Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Mickael Pietrus were all out, the Celtics still managed to put forth a productive shooting game (38-for-70 from field, 54.3 percent), sparked by Avery Bradley (23 points) and Brandon Bass (21 points). Kevin Garnett finished with 15 points and nine rebounds and Sasha Pavlovic was held scoreless.

"I think one of our strength's is that we have a lot of depth, we have a lot of professionals on our team who are always ready to step up," said Keyon Dooling. "Offensively, we didn't really ignite the game, but defensively I think we did a great job. What we were able to do was get the ball to the right places. We were able to feed KG, feed Paul and play to those guys. Avery's emerging, so we might have to give him like a "Big 5" or something. It was a great team win for us."

Glen Davis, playing in his second game as a visitor at the Garden, had 27 points and seven rebounds to lead Orlando. Jameer Nelson finished with 21 points and nine assists, J.J. Redick scored 13 and Ryan Anderson had 12 points and nine rebounds.

"I know sometimes when you lose a game you say what did you learn from the loss, but I think we went a step forward," Davis said. "There's been multiple games where we've been down and we just went away and I like how the way we fought today, but at the end of the day we need to win the game."

Boston heads back out on the road to face the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night before hosting the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks in their final two games of the season.

AUDIO: Paul Pierce Postgame (4-18-12) | AUDIO: Keyon Dooling Postgame (4-18-12)


Final - 4.18.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Orlando Magic 22 29 19 28 98
Boston Celtics 33 22 24 23 102

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Celtics Vs. Magic: Boston Leads 55-51 At Halftime

Each team missing much of its star power, the Boston Celtics hosted the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night on national television. Through two quarters of play, Boston leads a close one by a score of 55-51.

Boston had the lead for most of the first half. Orlando erased an 11-point deficit, and eventually tied it with under three minutes to play.

Avery Bradley has hit eight of 10 shots from the field, leading the Celtics with 17 points. Paul Pierce has 13 points and 11 assits, and Kevin Garnett has 10 points and a team-best five rebounds. As a team, Boston his shooting better than 62 percent from the floor.

Glen Davis, back in action for the first time in week due to a knee injury, leads Orlando with 16 points and four rebounds. Jameer Nelson has 13 points and five assists. Orlando is 50 percent from the field.

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Celtics Vs. Magic: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Mickael Pietrus All Out

BOSTON - Got injuries? The Boston Celtics do. Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Mickael Pietrus will all be sidelined for the C's as they face the Orlando Magic in front of a national audience at 8 p.m. EST inside TD Garden (TV/Radio: ESPN/WEEI).

None of these injuries are surprising, considering that Allen and Pietrus both missed Tuesday night's game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden and Rondo took a hard spill during that game and appeared to be shaken up.

Allen has a swollen right ankle, which has caused him to miss five straight games. Pietrus' knee was acting up, resulting in a DNP on Tuesday, and Rondo has back spasms after his collision with Knicks' center Tyson Chandler. Celtics head coach Doc Rivers expects all three to be back for the playoffs, but did say that if it were a playoff game tonight, none would play. Orlando, meanwhile, will be without center Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu for Tuesday's game.

More pregame news can be heard below in Rivers' pregame address to the media.

AUDIO: Doc Rivers Pregame Press Conference (Celtics Vs. Magic; 4-18-12)



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Celtics Vs. Magic: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

With the season winding down, the Boston Celtics are closing in on another Atlantic Division crown.

If Doc Rivers and company can pull off a victory at home, they will clinch at worse the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Boston comes into tonight's game after being beaten soundly by the New York Knicks 118-110 in Madison Square Garden. Now, the Celtics need to regroup and take care of business against a very depleted Orlando Magic squad.

In their previous match-ups this season, Boston has emerged with a win both times.

The Magic last played on Monday and were victorious over the Philadelphia 76ers. Tonight, they will again be without Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu, and most likely Glen Davis as well.

Ray Allen will almost definitely be a spectator for Boston in this potential playoff preview. Orlando is battling with Atlanta for the fifth seed while the Celtics are entangled with the Pacers in a race for the third slot.

Soon enough, everything will become clear and the postseason will be underway for both of these teams.

TV: ESPN

Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

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