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Boston Celtics Show Heart of a Champion with Game Five Comeback

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 08:  Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics looks on against the Orlando Magic in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 8, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. The Magic defeated the Celtics 117-96. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
Alex DaGreekContributor IMay 12, 2009

Everyone's smiling in Boston tonight.

The Celtics captured a significant Game Five win over the Orlando Magic to go up 3-2 in the series. Boston trailed Orlando throughout the whole game until the last three minutes, to pull out a 92-88 victory.

Despite not reading and picking up picks, and getting killed in the paint throughout the entire game, the Celtics had enough to come back in the fourth.

With Orlando having as much as a 14-point lead at one point and being up 85-75 with 5:39 remaining, the Celtics were able to hang on the ropes long enough.

Stephon Marbury provided a lift on offense, scoring all of his 12 points in the fourth quarter to spark the Boston run. Glen "Big Baby" Davis also came through big again in the fourth, scoring 10 of his 21 points in last eight minutes of the game.

Orlando outplayed the Celtics for 43 minutes of this game, but it couldn't close it out. In the last three minutes, the Magic showed no poise and followed their coach into his infamous "panic mode," as Shaquille O'Neal noted earlier this season.

"It's all about will, never giving in and having the heart of a champion," Paul Pierce said after the game.

The series heads back to Orlando for Game Six on Thursday night. The Celtics will look to end the series, while Orlando will try to force a Game Seven back to Boston.

 

 

 

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