BOSTON -- In the third quarter of Monday night's 87-56 blowout of the Magic, Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal took issue with what he perceived as an elbow thrown his way by the Magic's Dwight Howard, so O'Neal waved his finger in the All-Star center's face as he shouted a few choice words.
The two had to be separated by teammates, and both O'Neal and Howard were assessed technical fouls.
"It's stupid to fight on the court at all, so I wasn't about to go back into it with him," said Howard, who was held to 18 points on 4-of-15 shooting in the loss. "But that's kind of crossing the line when somebody puts their hand in your faceI just put his hand out of my face. I didn't run up on him. It's basketball. We're not MMA fighters. I don't know why I got a tech, but I'm cool."
Howard has led the league in technical fouls each of the past two seasons, and he's already picked up three this season. O'Neal's technical was his...
With 2:29 remaining in Sunday's NFC championship game, Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw fumbled the ball on the New York 21-yard line and it was recovered by the 49ers. However, the officials ruled that Bradshaw's forward progress had been stopped, so the Giants retained possession. That doesn't sit well with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who compared the play to the infamous tuck rule call that helped Tom Brady and the Patriots defeat the Raiders in the Snow Bowl 10 years ago.
"In my opinion, that was a fumble," Harbaugh said Monday. "I'm sure the league will defend it and the officials will defend it. But to me, that play was still going on. There was still struggling by Bradshaw. … I felt like it was analogous with the tuck rule."
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Magic coach Stan Van Gundy didn't mince words after his team set a franchise low for points in a game and tied a Celtics record for fewest field goals allowed with 16.
"It's the first game in my career that I've been through where literally not one guy had played well," Van Gundy said. "There's no finger pointing. I'm foremost among them. I'm not calling out my team, I couldn't find anything for us to do. That was an absolute beatdown and it was actually in a lot of ways a lot worse than the score indicated."
Boston took a 10-point lead into halftime, and never looked back. The Celtics held the Magic to only 20 second-half points and just five field goals.
"That's the most dominating defensive performance, at least, I've ever had against me," Van Gundy said.
"I don't think we gave up," the coach added. "We just continued to get our [butt] kicked."
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters Monday that forward Nathan Horton likely has a concussion and is considered day-to-day by the team.
Horton left Sunday's win over the Flyers in the second period after he was hit in the head by Philadelphia forward Tom Sestito. The league did not discipline Sestito for the hit to the head.
Horton's postseason was ended in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals last June when he was the victim of a blidnside hit from Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome. After struggling to begin this season, Horton admitted that he still wasn't back to being his usual self after the concussion.
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Missing two starters and three rotation players, the Celtics played their best game of the season, beating Orlando 87-56 at the Garden on Monday. It was the first win of the season for the Celtics against a team with a winning record.
Orlando shot just 25 percent and made only five shots in the sevond half. The 56 points was the lowest total in Magic franchise history. Even more impressively, the Celtics were playing without Ray Allen (ankle), Rajon Rondo (wrist), Mickael Pietrus (shoulder), Chris Wilcox (calf strain) and Keyon Dolling (knee).
Paul Pierce scored 19 points to go with five rebounds and seven assists and Brandon Bass added 19 and eight rebounds, while outplaying former Celtic Glen Davis. Additionally, Avery Bradley played phenomenal fullcourt defense on Jameer Nelson and Sasha Pavlovic filled in ably for Allen, scoring nine points.
The Celtics have now won two straight games and are off until Thursday when they play the...
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Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
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Hour 4. Red Sox broadcaster Dave O'Brien joins the show.
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Max Kellerman rips Pats fans. Skip Bayless says Bill Belichick is "good, not great." And Dan Le Batard feels the heat from Keyshawn Johnson regarding his criticisms of Magic Johnson.
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