|Game 6 second quarter blog thoughts||05.14.09 at 8:18 pm ET|
ORLANDO – Kendrick Perkins started to show some frustration in his battle with Dwight Howard. He lost a battle for a loose ball rebound with 1:05 remaining. When he voiced his disgust to veteran referee Dan Crawford, he was whistled for a technical.
The Magic closed the first half on a 12-4 run to tied the game. Rashard Lewis’ floater hit the rim twice before falling through with 29 seconds remaining to tie the game, 44-44. Paul Pierce hit two free throws with six seconds to go before Rafer Alston hit one of two with 2.6 ticks remaining as the Celtics took a 46-45 lead to the locker room. Brian Scalabrine continues to be the biggest unsung hero of the Celtics playoff run. And arguably of the entire NBA playoffs.
He was diving all over the court again in the second quarter, scrambling for a loose ball and finding Eddie House for a jumper as the shot clock expired with 6:20 remaining in the quarter. On the next Celtics possession, he drained a three-pointer, restoring Boston’s lead to seven, 38-31.
Speaking of which, Kevin Garnett and Brian Scalabrine spent much of one timeout going over positioning on the court, in a lively and animated exchange.
The Celtics appeared ready to pull away from a dispirited Magic bunch only to have a veteran provide some spark.
At the 10:28 mark, Anthony Johnson hit a three with the Celtics leading 31-22, starting a 7-0 run before Kendrick Perkins drilled a jumper to end the mini-run.
After sitting most of the first quarter after picking up an early foul, Glen Davis returned to the game to guard Dwight Howard and give Perkins a break. But two quck fouls gave Davis three and return ticket to the bench. With 1:20 remaining, Rondo ran down the court trying to guard Rafer Alston and ran into Howard’s left arm. Rondo was called for the foul.