Game 6: 10 Celtics-Magic nuggets
1. The Celtics lost Game 5 by a 21-point margin, spoiling their chance to close out this series. Boston is the 71st team in NBA history to lose a potential series-clinching game by 20+ points. In the 42 previous instances in which the team had another chance to close out the series (28 losses came in a series-deciding game), 28 were successful in their next attempt (66.7 percent).
3. Dwight Howard registered 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocked shots to help Orlando avoid playoff elimination in Game 5. Howard had 32 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots to help Orlando avoid a series sweep in Game 4. Only one other player has recorded 20-or-more points, 10-or-more rebounds and at least four blocked shots in consecutive games with his team facing elimination in each game: Elvin Hayes in 1979.
5. Howard appeared in his 50th career playoff game in Game 5. Howard is the only player in NBA history to record at least 713 rebounds and 136 blocked shots by their 50th postseason game.
7. J.J. Redick is shooting 51.5 percent from the field (17 for 33) in six career postseason games played at the TD Garden. In all other playoff games outside of this arena, Redick's career field-goal percentage is just 35.8 percent (43 for 120).
9. Rashard Lewis is shooting 50 percent from the field in the first half (9 for 18) and only 25.9 percent from the field in the second half (7 for 27) in this series.
10. The Magic have won two games in which they have faced playoff elimination against the Celtics in Boston (May 17, 2009 and May 24, 2010). With a win Friday, Orlando will become the third franchise (other than the Celtics) to win three win-or-go-home games in Boston. The Knicks have won four such games and the 76ers have won three.
Bonus nugget: Magic coach Stan Van Gundy has registered 45 postseason wins in his six seasons as a head coach. Only six head coaches in NBA history have recorded more playoff wins through their first six seasons in the league than Van Gundy: Pat Riley (72), Phil Jackson (66), K.C. Jones (57), Billy Cunningham (56), Rudy Tomjanovich (48) and Johnny Kundla (48).
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