-- Ray Allen scored 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds and Paul Pierce added 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists as the Boston Celtics stunned Orlando's sellout crowd at Amway Arena and millions more watching at home with a 92-88 triumph over the Magic in Game One of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.
With the win, the Celtics have wrestled away home-court advantage from the favored Magic, and they snapped Orlando's 14-game winning streak, which included a postseason franchise record eight-game winning streak. They also ended all talks of the Magic attempting to go 16-0 in the playoffs.
Game Two will be played Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. at Amway Arena before the series shifts to Boston.
The Celtics never trailed in the game and led by as much as 20 in the second half, but the Magic made things interesting down the stretch, closing the gap all the way to 90-88 with eight seconds left.
But Allen made two free throws with 6.1 seconds left to ice the game for the Celtics. We are getting ahead of ourselves.
First Boston built an early 15-point advantage and was up, 41-32, at halftime.
Ignited by five quick points by Jameer Nelson, Orlando was able to close the gap to 43-40 just two minutes into the third quarter, forcing Boston coach Doc Rivers to call a timeout to try to stop Orlando's momentum.
Have Pierce take over the game.
Pierce scored Boston's next five points and eight of 10 during a 20-3 Celtics surge. Allen capped it off with a technical free throw that gave the Celtics their biggest lead of the game, 65-45, with 3:48 remaining in the quarter.
The Magic missed six straight field goals, three free throws, and turned the ball over twice during Boston's run. The Celtics, meanwhile, made 7-of-8 shots and 4-of-4 free throws.
Howard finally ended Orlando's scoring drought with a free throw with 4:56 to go in the quarter, but the damage was done. The Magic went nearly five minutes without a field goal in the third quarter and Boston made them pay.
The Celtics led, 74-58, after three quarters of play before holding off a ferocious Orlando rally attempt in the fourth.
The Magic gave the home crowd something to cheer about when Mickael Pietrus capped off a 9-2 Orlando surge with a 3-pointer that slashed Boston's lead to 79-69 with 8:06 remaining. A Glen Davis jumper, followed by a Ray Allen 14-foot jumper pushed Boston's lead back up to 85-71 with 6:38 remaining, but the Magic refused to go down without a fight.
Two Carter free throws, followed by a J.J. Redick layup capped off an 8-0 Orlando surge that slashed Boston's lead to 88-83 with 1:41 remaining.
After a Boston timeout, the crowd was deafening in an attempt to break Boston's concentration on the offensive end. The Celtics got the shot they wanted - a 5-foot, turnaround jumper by Kevin Garnett, but he missed it.
Redick quickly fired and missed a 3-pointer on Orlando's ensuing possession, and the Magic forced a jump ball on Boston's ensuing possession. The Magic won the jump ball with a minute remaining and the entire crowd watched the final minute of the game unfold standing and cheering.
After Rashard Lewis missed a 3-pointer with 46 seconds left, a Celtic knocked the ball out of bounds, giving the Magic another chance to score. This time they converted. Nelson missed a layup, but Howard was there to dunk home the rebound to close the gap to 88-85 with 26 seconds left.
The Magic fouled Pierce with 12.9 seconds on the clock on Boston's next possession, and Pierce seemingly put the game out of reach with two free throws. But the Celtics fouled Carter on a drive to the basket, and he made the first free throw and missed the second.
Nelson swooped in to tip-in the rebound and make it 90-88.
That's when Orlando fouled Allen. Lewis missed a 3-pointer on Orlando's final possession of the game, and Kevin Garnett grabbed the rebound and dribbled away from everyone to run the clock out.
Rasheed Wallace scored 13 points off the bench and Kendrick Perkins, along with Wallace and Glen Davis helped limit Orlando superstar center Dwight Howard to 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Carter led the Magic with 23 points and Nelso added 20.