BOSTON - The Orlando Magic will not be swpet out of the NBA playoffs.
The Magic have survived a Game Four at the TD Garden and knocked off the Celtics in overtime, 96-92. Dwight Howard dominated the lane with 32 points and 16 rebounds and Jameer Nelson outplayed Rajon Rondo to the tune of 23 points and 9 assists.
Paul Pierce did his best to deliver the win for Boston with 32 points but only Ray Allen (22 points) helped out very much.
Game Five of the Eastern Conference finals comes Wednesday in Orlando.
The Magic played tough the entire game. They led 31-26 after one quarter and by 51-47 at the half. The Celtics caught up and carried a 76-74 lead in the fourth quarter.
The Magic instantly regained control and built a 85-78 lead with 2:24 left when Howard converted a dunk and 3-point play. But the Celts weren't dead.
Pierce drove the lane for a monster jam. Howard missed a turn-around from in close and then Ray Allen drained a killer 3-pointer in front of the Magic bench that sliced the deficit to 85-83 with 1:41 to play. After Nelson picked up a foul and made just one of two, Pierce drove the lane hard again and this time scored and was fouled. His free throw tied the score at 86-86 with 1:16 to play.
Both teams took turns missing, giving the Magic the ball with 32 seconds left. Nelson missed a shot at the lead and then Pierce, holding for one shot, lost control with the clock inside five seconds and didn't get a shot off.
In the overtime, the Magic grabbed control again and this time held on for the win.