BOSTON: Dwight Howard returned from a suspension to get 16 points and 22 rebounds as Orlando survived a late rally from Boston to beat the Celtics 95-90 in the opening game of their NBA quarterfinal series.
The Magic opened a 28-point lead early in the second half before Boston cut the deficit to 91-87 in the final two minutes.
The Celtics had several chances to come within one possession - the best Ray Allen's three-pointer that rimmed out with 43 seconds remaining.
"We got complacent as a team, stopped doing what we did to get the lead and against a good Celtics team you can't do that," Howard said. "I'm not happy with the way we ended the game."
(China Daily 05/06/2009 page24)