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Adonal Foyle advances to NBA East Conference Finals with Magic - May 18, 2009

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Adonal Foyle

Adonal Foyle (207-F-75, college: Colgate) and his Orlando Magic celebrated last night 101-82 in the seventh decisive game against the reigning champions Boston Celtics. It means that the Magic advanced to West Conference Finals with 4-3. Adonal Foyle got a chance just in one game against the Celtics, but was not able to score. He has 10 games so far (this season) averaging 1.7 ppg and 2.7 rpg. Hidayet Turkoglu was a key player for Orlando last night leading all the scorers with 25 points. He also dished out 12 assists beside that and pulled down five rebounds, while shooting 9-of-12 from the field and 4-for-5 on three-pointers. Superstar big man Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) had 12 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks, while Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79) had 19 points, five rebounds and four assists. For the Celtics, Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) put on a valiant effort. The veteran shooting guard scored 23 points and hit half of his 18 shots from the field. Paul Pierce finished with 16 points but struggled for much of the game, finishing just 4-for-13 from the field. With the win, the Magic advance to face the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James (6'8''-F-84). The Cavs have won all eight of their playoff games this season and appear to be the favorites to win the 2009 NBA championship. The Magic will need another upset to advance to the NBA Finals.
Game 6 -
Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) demanded the ball, and delivered when the Orlando Magic gave it to him. Now he needs to back it up, one more time. Howard had 23 points and 22 rebounds after challenging Stan Van Gundy's coaching strategy, and the Magic beat the Boston Celtics 83-75 on Thursday night to force a decisive Game 7. Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79) had 20 points, and Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) made a 3-pointer to highlight an 11-2 run to close the game for the Magic, who haven't made it to the conference finals since 1996. But it was Howard who the Magic leaned on after he called out Van Gundy for not getting the ball enough in Game 5. Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) finished with 19 points, 16 rebounds and six assists, and Paul Pierce scored 17 for the Celtics, who led by 10 points in the second half before falling apart.
Game 5 - Ray Allen's (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) 3-pointer with 1:20 left gave Boston its first lead since the opening minutes and the Celtics beat the Orlando Magic 92-88 on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Stephon Marbury (6'2''-G-77, college: Georgia Tech) scored all of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, keeping the Celtics in the game after a lackluster 36 minutes that left them trailing by 14 with 8:49 to play. Orlando led 85-75 with 5:39 left, then Boston scored the next 13 points to open an 88-85 lead before Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79) free throws with 7.3 seconds left. Paul Pierce had 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, Kendrick Perkins grabbed 11 rebounds, and Game 4 hero Glen Davis (6'9''-F-86, college: LSU) scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. Davis also grabbed the rebound and hit a pair of free throws after Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) intentionally missed a free throw with 5.9 seconds left. Howard had 12 points and 17 rebounds for Orlando, which needs a victory in Game 6 on Thursday night to force the series back to Boston for a decisive seventh game. Lewis scored 19 and Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) had 18 with seven assists for the Magic, who almost blew a 28-point lead in Game 1, then lost Game 4 on Sunday when Davis hit a 21-foot buzzer-beater.
Game 4 - Glen Davis (6'9''-F-86, college: LSU) jumper from the left wing as the clock ran out in the fourth was the difference, as the Boston Celtics edged the Orlando Magic, 95-94, in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup. Davis ended with 21 points for the Celtics, who evened the series at two games apiece. Game 5 of the best-of-seven series is set for Tuesday back in Boston. 'Since I have been with the Celtics, I have been trying to find my niche in our system,' said Davis. '(Coach) Doc (Rivers) told me that if you work on that shot and show me you can make it, I am going to let you shoot it. This year has been proof of hard work. You just have to be focused. You have to make sure you understand the moment, the clock situation, and basically think without thinking. You just have to shoot it.' Paul Pierce had 27 points and Rajon Rondo chipped in 21 points and 14 rebounds for Boston, which was 1-for-10 from three-point range. Kendrick Perkins (6'10''-C-84) and Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) scored 12 each, and Perkins added 13 boards in the triumph. Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) finished with 23 points and a game-best 17 boards for the Magic, who were a woeful 5-for-27 from behind the arc. Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79) poured in 22 points, while Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) and Mickael Pietrus (6'6''-F-82, agency: Court Side) scored 11 each.
Game 3 - Orlando Magic all-star point guard Jameer Nelson, out with a shoulder injury since February, was on the bench, wearing slacks and a sport coat. His replacement, Rafer Alston (6'2''-G-76, college: Fresno St.), was suspended for smacking someone in the back of the head. And Alston's backup, Anthony Johnson (6'3''-G-74, college: Charleston), sat the entire fourth quarter after brushing aside Coach Stan Van Gundy and arguing with him. On top of that, the defending champion Boston Celtics were charging back in the fourth quarter -- cutting a 20-point, second-half deficit to single digits -- and all-star center Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) was forced to sit early in the period after picking up a silly fifth foul. But while the Magic had a lot of missing pieces, it still had three important elements -- all-star Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79), point forward Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79), and heart -- which resulted in a 117-96 victory over Boston in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Friday night. Lewis (28 points) and Hidayet Turkoglu (24 points) combined to score 23 in the fourth period, and both exited to standing ovations after they helped their team avoid unraveling as Orlando took a 2-1 lead in this best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Sunday at Amway Arena.
Game 2 - Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) took the pass from Eddie House (6'1''-G-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona St.) and bolted for the basket, cutting between 6-foot-11 Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) and 6-10 Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79) for a thunderous dunk. In a crucial game for the Boston Celtics, the little guys came up big. Rondo had 15 points, 18 assists and 11 rebounds for his third triple-double of the playoffs, and House scored a career playoff high-shattering 31 points on Wednesday night to lead Boston to a 112-94 victory over the Orlando Magic in Game 2 that evened the Eastern Conference semifinals. Howard had 12 points and 12 rebounds and Lewis had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic, who stole Game 1 on Monday night despite blowing almost all of a 28-point lead. Orlando never led Wednesday night, trailing by 15 at halftime and by as many as 26 in the second. Game 3 is Friday night in Orlando.
Game 1 - Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) returned from his one-game suspension to get 16 points and 22 rebounds Monday night and help the Orlando Magic hold off the late-charging Boston Celtics 95-90 in the opener of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Magic opened a 28-point lead early in the second half before Boston cut the deficit to 91-87 in the final 2 minutes. The Celtics had several chances to come within one possession - the best Ray Allen's 3-pointer that rimmed out with 43 seconds left. Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) made a 3-pointer with 6.6 seconds left to make it a three-point game, but J.J. Redick went 4-for-4 from the line in the last 14 seconds to ice it. Pierce scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half and Rajon Rondo had 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Game 2 is Wednesday night in Boston.


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