It looks like there might be some life left in Orlando after all. Dwight Howard temporarily regained the title of Superman and the Magic kept the faith with a 96-92 overtime win in Boston tonight, forcing a Game 5 at home Wednesday. If you’re a Boston fan, try not to think about the Bruins blowing that 3-0 lead against Philly a couple weeks back — the Celtics still have a ways to go to reach that level of futility.
Howard bounced back from a hellish Game 3 with 32 points and 16 rebounds and the Magic held off a late Ray Allen three-point barrage to baaaaarely escape with the win. Orlando actually brought it from the tip in this one, jumping to a 10-point first half lead and playing with a type of fire that was still somewhere in Atlanta Sunday night. Vince Carter even attempted his first dunk (a miss, though he was hit on the wrist) since 2001, though that was about all Orlando got from the waste of talent — he finished with three points on 1-of-9 shooting. J.J. Redick stepped up, scoring 10 straight Magic points during a fourth quarter lull that came close to ending the Magic’s season.
So, what about my guy Rajon Rondo, you ask? The greatest player in the history of the world drew a few early fouls and wasn’t able to get out in the open court much in the second half, finishing with a quiet nine points and eight assists on 3-of-10 shooting. Rondo’s struggles summed up Boston’s offensive effort for much of the night — aside from Allen, it was stagnant, especially in a three-minute scoreless stretch at the start of overtime after a late rally erased a seven-point Orlando lead in the last couple minutes of regulation. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 32 points, though his shot disappeared after starting 6-of-7. Allen had 22 points on 7-of-12, including 5-of-7 from deep.
It would’ve been nice to see Boston close out these idiots, but I can’t complain about getting to watch more basketball. The Lakers and Suns are in Phoenix for Game 4 of the West Finals tomorrow and the Celtics and Magic are back at it in Orlando on Wednesday for Game 5.