The Celtics made Paul Pierce proud by stepping up the defense and beating the Magic. They limited Orlando to just 8 points in the 2nd quarter and held them off the rest of the game.
Rondo in particular (as expected) stepped up with 13 rebounds and 17 points. Tony Allen filled in admirably for Pierce with 16 points of his own. Vince put in 27 points and Howard pulled down 20 rebounds. But Ray Allen had 18 points of his own including some clutch free throws down the stretch.
A great Christmas gift to Celtics fans everywhere.
(Check out the newly named and excellent quality Orlando Pinstriped Post for a recap from the Orlando perspective)