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Magic beats Celtics, cuts deficit to 3-2

 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...
 Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard (12) dunks the ball as Boston Celtics'  Kevin Garnett (5),  Kendrick Perkins (43) and Paul Pierce look on during the fi...
 Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick (7) raises his fist after sinking a 3-point shot in the first half in Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball...

Celtics Magic Basketball

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...

Celtics Magic Basketball

Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard (12) dunks the ball as Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett (5), Kendrick Perkins (43) and Paul Pierce look on during the fi...

Celtics Magic Basketball

Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick (7) raises his fist after sinking a 3-point shot in the first half in Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball...

The Orlando Magic took another step toward overcoming an improbable 3-0 series deficit, beating the Boston Celtics 113-92 on Wednesday to make it 3-2 in the NBA's Eastern Conference finals.
Orlando's Dwight Howard had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help keep the Magic alive heading into Game 6 in Boston on Friday.
"I don't know if you can say you have momentum when you're down 3-2 going into their place," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "I still look at it like we're climbing a huge mountain here. But we are playing better."
A series that looked like a sweep a few days ago now has the Celtics under pressure, and facing the possibility of being without Kendrick Perkins. The starting center picked up his seventh technical foul of the playoffs, incurring 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.
"They are a great team when they get a lead, because then those 3s are easy," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "We never applied any real pressure."
Jameer 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 Boston, who lost Glen Davis to concussion early after an inadvertent elbow from Howard.
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 court.
Rivers said Davis "blacked out" on the court, and the training staff will examine the forward Thursday.
"I don't know what kind of tests they're going to do with Baby. He's a little delirious anyway," Rivers said, chuckling.
Things got even worse for the Celtics when Perkins was ejected after he picked up his second technical of the game and seventh of the postseason for arguing with officials.
That means Perkins, one of the best defenders in the league on Howard, will be suspended for Game 6 unless the NBA rescinds the technical. The league reviews every technical.
"I didn't think he deserved either one. But he got them," Rivers said.


Updated : 2021-04-21 01:47 GMT+08:00