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The Orlando Magic avoided elimination with a win in Game 4 but they still have their backs against the wall tonight, down 3-1 to the Boston Celtics in Game 5.
Orlando finally put a win on the board in the series on Monday. The Magic still needed overtime to do it, but they'll take it after defeating the Celtics 96-92 as a 7-point road underdog at Bovada.
The real Dwight Howard finally emerged in the win, as he exploded for 32 points and 16 rebounds, by far his best game of the series so far. Jameer Nelson also awoke after slumbering through his last couple games with 23 points and nine assists. Nelson also connected on a pair of three-pointers in overtime to secure the win for Orlando.
The only real disappointment for the Magic in Monday night's win was the performance of Vince Carter. Orlando may have won, but Carter put up his worst numbers of the series with only three points on 1-of-9 shooting.
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The Celtics nearly completed the sweep after putting together a late comeback to send the game into overtime on Monday night, but they couldn't keep it up in the extra frame. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 32 points and 11 rebounds, while Ray Allen added 22 points and shot 5-of-7 from three-point range.
Those were the only three-point shots the Celtics made as the rest of the Boston roster went 0-for-11 from behind the arc. Rajon Rondo had what for him would be considered an unspectacular night when compared to his previous performances in the series. Rondo scored only nine points on 3-of-10 shooting and handed out eight assists. Boston's other big name, Kevin Garnett, had 14 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. The Magic return home tonight for Game 5 as a 4-point favorite.
Orlando lost both Game 1 and Game 2 of the series at home and they were a 7-point favorite in both losses. Before losing Game 1 at home Orlando had won 11 straight at Amway Arena.
No team has ever come back from being down 0-3 in the NBA playoffs and the oddsmakers don't expect the Magic to become the first. The latest series odds for the Eastern Conference Finals have the Celtics down as a -650 favorite, while the Magic are +425 underdogs.