With about four and a half minutes to go in the quarter and the magic leading by 13 points, Rafer Alston  tried to throw an alley-oop to Dwight Howard . The play had no chance of being successful and Howard wound up coming down out of bounds. It was either an indication that the Magic are playing confident, or that they were about to start getting too fast and loose.
After the botched dunk, the Celtics  started making plays and scored eight of the next 10 points to get the lead into single digits. Ray Allen  hit a pull-up jumper, Glen Davis  drove the lane and banked in a layup and Paul Pierce  scored four points. Just as soon as they got back in the game, however, Mickael Pietrus  nailed a 3-pointer to make it 27-17 after one quarter.
The Magic are shooting 53 percent and are 5-for-6 from 3-point range, while the Celtics are shooting just 39 percent and have already committed five turnovers.
Doc Rivers  also made a subtle adjustment bringing in Eddie House  for Rajon Rondo  at the three-minute mark. The Magic aren’t even making an attempt to guard Rondo outside and after he bricked a pair of jumpers House came on to try to make the Magic pay for doubling Pierce.