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|Magic Win Second Straight Against Celtics to Stay Alive
|ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Orlando Magic are heading is back to Boston, and maybe halfway to history.
Taking another step toward overcoming an improbable 3-0 series deficit, Dwight Howard had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Magic to a 113-92 victory over the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
A series that looked like a sweep a few days ago now has the Celtics taking a slim 3-2 lead into a pressure-packed Game 6 in Boston Friday night. 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. That would mean 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 broke out of their series-long shooting slump, making 13-of-25 3-pointers.
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.
Late in the third quarter, Boston forward Glen Davis was knocked out, then needed referee Joey Crawford to keep him from tumbling to the court. It was ruled Davis suffered a concussion.
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