Magic alive, kicking

May 27, 2010|By TRIBUNE NEWSPAPERS

ORLANDO — For a team down in a dark hole no one else had ever escaped, there finally is light.

The Orlando Magic head for Boston with a real chance to tie the series after beating the Celtics 113-92 on Wednesday night at Amway Arena.

No team in NBA history has ever fallen behind 3-0 in a seven-game series and advanced. Maybe this is the time, maybe this is the team to do the impossible.

Winless after the first three games, the Magic cut the Celtics lead in the Eastern Conference finals to 3-2, but that's just the half of it.

All but ruled extinct days ago, the series looks to have taken a dramatic turn — in Dwight Howard's favor and thus, Orlando's.

Howard finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, following up his monster 32-point, 16-rebound effort in Game 4. Guard Jameer Nelson added 24 points and five assists, nailing four 3-pointers.

The Celtics might be without two big men — center Kendrick Perkins and power forward Glen Davis — for Game 6 on Friday night at TD Garden. Perkins might be suspended, and Davis and guard Marquis Daniels might be out with concussions.

Perkins was ejected in the second period after picking up his second technical. It was his seventh of the postseason, meaning he could be suspended for Game 6.

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