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Second quarter wrap: Celtics vs. Magic

Playing one of their most complete quarters in recent memory, the Celtics [1] opened up a 51-40 lead at the half.

The Celtics opened the second quarter with five reserves on the floor, a departure from their usual rotation of either Ray Allen [2] or Paul Pierce [3] teaming up with four bench players. The second unit responded well as Marquis Daniels [4] scored six quick points on post-ups.

Rasheed Wallace [5] also continued his mastery over Dwight Howard [6] by getting Howard to commit a needless offensive foul, the third of the half for the All-Star big man. Howard played just eight minutes in the first half with two points and three rebounds.

The Celtics gradually built a lead that grew to double digits after Rajon Rondo [7] found Pierce for a 3-pointer with a gorgeous look-away pass in traffic. Rondo has 11 points, three rebounds and four assists, while Allen also had 11 points and Pierce added nine. Kevin Garnett [8] was held scoreless but contributed five rebounds and his usual stellar help defense.