With Boston’s offense sputtering early in the fourth quarter, coach Doc Rivers called upon West and McCarty. Neither had played, but they quickly made contributions.
“This was as much of a team win as we’ve had all year, with all the different guys we had do different things out there,” Rivers said.
The Magic led 94-85 early in the final quarter, but Boston went on an 11-1 run in the next 4:47—capped by LaFrentz’s layup with 5:06 to play. McCarty and West made 3-pointers during the spree.
After the Magic grabbed the lead on Turkoglu’s 3-pointer with 4:20 left, Boston scored the next nine points to take a 105-98 lead. LaFrentz had an alley-oop dunk and a 3-pointer during the run.
McCarty’s 3-pointer with 1:03 left sealed it, making it 108-100.
“Delonte was easy because I didn’t want to put Gary (Payton) in there yet,” Rivers said. “The Walter decision was a bit tougher because they hadn’t gone small yet, but I wanted to stretch us offensively.”
West’s 3-pointer started Boston’s spree, and McCarty’s tied it at 94 with 8:08 to play.
“I’m just glad I was able to come in and get it done again,” McCarty said. “I think we match up well with them. We’ve got a lot of small guys and take advantage of their quickness.”
“I thought he raised our energy level, making some big shots,” LaFrentz said about McCarty.
“I just think they have our number,” Magic coach Johnny Davis said. “That’s what it comes down to at this point, and until we beat them, they do.”
Boston’s other two wins were by 18 and 16 points.
“They’ve smacked us three times now,” Battie said. “Maybe if we see them in the playoffs they will think that they have our number and relax a bit.”
Orlando used an 11-3 run midway through the third quarter to take an 88-83 lead into the final period. The Celtics opened 10-point leads in each of the first two quarters, but the teams were tied at 67 at halftime.
Francis was whistled for a technical 2:01 into the game. … Pierce was given a technical for slamming the ball onto the court after being called for traveling in the third quarter. … The Boston mascot wore a Tom Brady jersey to get the crowd going in the fourth quarter.