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Game 1: Second Quarter Update

There was a glimmer of hope when Stephon Marbury [1] began playing like the Marbury of old. He drove on Dwight Howard [2], pulled up for jumpers, and scored eight points in nine minutes. That was the only highlight of the second quarter for the Celtics [3].

With Paul Pierce [4] sidelined by three fouls, the Celtics shut down on offense. They settled for outside jumpers, stopped penetrating, and got lost in the Magic’s passing game. Ray Allen [5] and Rajon Rondo [6] shot a combined 2-for-14 in the first half. Kendrick Perkins [7] shot 1-for-5 as well. Even though their bench contributed (15 points), that could not compensate for their inability to stop the Magic from getting easy shots (52.4% FG).

At halftime … Magic 54, Celtics 36