Celtics’ gamble on Marbury pays off…finally

I missed the start of the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the Celtics/Magic series, but apparently there was a Stephon Marbury sighting. Check out this series from the play-by-play log:

11:22 Stephon Marbury enters the game for Ray Allen
11:04 Stephon Marbury makes 19-foot jumper (Paul Pierce assists)
10:26 Stephon Marbury makes 21-foot jumper (Paul Pierce assists)
8:30 Stephon Marbury makes 24-foot three pointer (Brian Scalabrine assists)
7:56 Stephon Marbury makes 21-foot two point shot
7:16 Glen Davis makes 6-foot hook shot (Stephon Marbury assists)
5:54 Stephon Marbury makes 6-foot two point shot
5:54 Stephon Marbury makes free throw 1 of 1
5:26 Stephon Marbury misses layup
4:54 Rajon Rondo enters the game for Stephon Marbury

That’s 12 points on 5 of 6 shooting, with an assist to Davis. The Celtics didn’t make up any ground during Marbury’s six-and-a-half minute stint — when he entered and exited the game, the C’s were down by the same margin, 10 — but his hot shooting helped Boston avoid disaster. The Magic built a 14-point lead with 8:48 to play, but Marbury’s play helped whittle it down to eight with just under six minutes remaining.

Keep in mind that prior to this hot streak, Marbury had played a total of 138 playoff minutes in 11-and-a-half games, shooting 14 of 55 (25%) from the field and scoring just 36 points. So, yes, his 12-point stint in the fourth quarter was shocking, and the Celtics probably wouldn’t have been able to pull out Game 5 without it.

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