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Fighting Back: Magic top Celtics 113-92 in Game 5

 Orlando Magic's Rashard Lewis, center, attempts a shot as Boston Celtics' Kendrick Perkins (43) and Kevin Garnett defend during the first half of Gam...
 Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, left, has words with official Eddie F. Rush during the first half of Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference baske...
 Orlando Magic's head coach Stan Van Gundy argues a call with official Joe Crawford (17) during the first half against of  Game 5 of the NBA Eastern C...
 Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard (12) goes for a basket over Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) during the first half of Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Confere...
 Orlando Magic's Matt Barnes (22) goes for a basket as Boston Celtics' Kendrick Perkins (43) defends during the first half of Game 5 of the NBA Easter...

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Orlando Magic's Rashard Lewis, center, attempts a shot as Boston Celtics' Kendrick Perkins (43) and Kevin Garnett defend during the first half of Gam...

Celtics Magic Basketball

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, left, has words with official Eddie F. Rush during the first half of Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference baske...

Celtics Magic Basketball

Orlando Magic's head coach Stan Van Gundy argues a call with official Joe Crawford (17) during the first half against of Game 5 of the NBA Eastern C...

Celtics Magic Basketball

Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard (12) goes for a basket over Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) during the first half of Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Confere...

Celtics Magic Basketball

Orlando Magic's Matt Barnes (22) goes for a basket as Boston Celtics' Kendrick Perkins (43) defends during the first half of Game 5 of the NBA Easter...

Dwight Howard had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to a 113-92 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
A series that looked like a sweep a few days ago with Boston leading 3-0, now has the Celtics taking a slim 3-2 lead into a pressure-packed Game 6 in Boston on Friday. The Celtics are facing the possibility of playing it without Kendrick Perkins after their starting center picked up his seventh technical foul of the playoffs, a mandatory suspension unless it is overturned.
A potential Game 7 would be in Orlando.
No NBA team has won a series after losing the first three games.
The Magic, seemingly lifeless after a blowout defeat in Game 3, suddenly have hope to be the first. They broke out of their series-long shooting slump, making 13-of-25 3-pointers.
"We just all believe," guard Jameer Nelson said. "We all believe. We know we can do it, one game at a time."
Nelson scored 24 points, and J.J. Redick had 14 to help the Magic to a frenetic pace that the Celtics couldn't sustain. Howard added five blocks as Orlando built an early 14-point lead that was never seriously challenged.
Rasheed Wallace had 21 points, and Ray Allen scored 19 for a Boston team that once seemed on its way to another NBA finals.
Howard's elbow inadvertently came down on Glen Davis' face near the basket in the third quarter, giving the Celtics forward a concussion. Davis tried to get up as play continued on the other end, wobbling his way to midcourt, almost falling flat as referee Joey Crawford kept him from tumbling to the hardwood.
Davis did not return, and his status for Game 6 was not immediately announced.


Updated : 2021-04-16 01:49 GMT+08:00