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Two jumpers by Davis, a layup by Pierce and a reverse from Perkins made it 85-83. Davis missed a potential game-tying shot with 1:55 left, but Allen made up for it by putting Boston ahead with a 3-pointer -- just his third basket of the game.
Orlando had a chance to take back the lead when Rondo's 3-pointer as the 24-second clock expired seemed to skim only the net as it came down, and the shot clock buzzer went off. But Perkins, who had grabbed the rebound, argued vociferously that the ball tipped the rim, and the referees overruled the call, giving the ball back to Boston with just 37 seconds left and allowing them to run the clock down to the final seconds.
Notes: Brian Scalabrine played 19 minutes after missing the morning shootaround with symptoms of the flu. ... The fans stood and cheered when the scoreboard showed the highlights and final score from the Bruins' 4-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, which forced a seventh game in the new Boston Garden on Thursday night. ... Coming off their best-shooting game of the playoffs -- .528 in Game 4 -- the Celtics shot just 36 percent through three quarters.
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