After a very streaky start, the 8th ranked Eastern Conference Boston Celtics (15-17) ended their first half on a five game losing streak and under 500. Everyone knows after All Star break is when teams really show who they are and things get serious. Is there still a run left in the C’s to stay in the top 8 to make a playoff run? What do the Celtic’s need this half that they lacked before the break? What is the panic meter for the Celtics (1-10)?
Orlando Magic Old-School vs. New School exhibition game hosted by Dwight Howard
Shorty, wassup, I’m the shit. You can do it, but not like this. A-T-L-A-N-T-A, I can do this all day.
It what was undeniably the most action packed game of the night, the Atlanta Hawks took the lead in their series against the Magic, winning by a very close 4 points.The final score was 84 - 88.
It was a stupendous night for Jamal Crawford, who actually shot the game winning 3-pointer with only 5.7 seconds left in the game.
The Hawks led the entire time, until the fourth when a spark ignited in the Magic, and that’s when shit got real. Dwight Howard drove the lane and ran into Zaza Pachulia. Howard swung a forearm and Pachulia swung an elbow – except Pachulia was the only one with marks, two big scratches on his upper arm. In comes Jason Richardson, trying to defend his teammate. He went up to Pachulia and was headbutted. Richardson wasn’t going to back down, and slapped Pachulia in the jaw. Both players got ejected and Howard got a technical.
After the mini fight, the teams traded the lead about four times. First Jameer Nelson’s jumper put the magic up. Then Joe Johnson came back driving down the lane, drawing a foul on Howard. He hit both free throws and the Hawks were back on top. Magic’s Brandon Bass took the open jumper and put the Magic back on top. Then, Al Horford stepped in and put the Hawks on top and got in Hedo Turkoglu’s face enough to make him miss the three, opening up for Crawford to put on his show.
The next game is on Sunday. The Hawks now lead the series 2-1
Orlando’s Dwight Howard with 21 points and 15 rebounds.
Atlanta’s Jamal Crawford with 23 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.