Howard, Magic Pull Away From Celtics, Cuts Series Lead To 3-2
Dwight Howard made sure his Orlando Magic did not stay home for the remainder of the playoffs, scoring 21 points, adding 10 rebounds and five blocks, in Orlando's emphatic 113-92 win Wednesday night.
The win cuts Boston's series lead in half to 3-2.
Jameer Nelson also brought his A game for the Magic, scoring a team high 24 points, while hitting 4-5 three-pointers.
Nelson led four Magic players in double figures, including a productive J.J. Redick who had 14 points in 22 minutes.
The three-point shot was definitely working in Orlando's favor tonight.
The Magic went a combined 13-25 from three-point range, while accumulating a +18 margin over Boston in that category. Orlando also shot over 52 percent from the field, while holding Boston to 43 percent shooting.
The Magic were clearly the aggressors tonight, out rebounding their Boston counterparts 43-26.
Rasheed Wallace led Boston in scoring in Game 5 with 21 points, hitting 3-5 from beyond the arc, and was one of four Celtics to finish in double figures.
Despite having solid games from Wallace, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo, Boston could be without several key players for Game 6.
Glen "Big Baby" Davis was diagnosed with a concussion in the third quarter, after getting hit in the head with an inadvertent elbow from Howard.
Celtics reserve guard Marquis Daniels also received a concussion, after getting hit by an inadvertent elbow from Howard early in the fourth quarter.
But the biggest news could be Kendrick Perkins missing Game 6 of these Eastern Conference Finals, due to accumulating seven technical fouls over the duration of the 2010 NBA Playoffs. He was called for two technical fouls, both perhaps questionable, and was ejected just before halftime.
He will attempt to get them rescinded before Game 6.
The five technicals issued in Game 5, in addition to the injuries, proved the physicality these two teams displayed.
Orlando is now 4-0 when scoring over 100 points, and Boston drops to 0-4 when allowing 100.
The Magic are now in the same position they were in last year to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, before winning the final two games, and the series.
Game 6 will be played in Boston on Friday night.
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