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Orlando led by 14 in the second quarter before Boston cut it to 45-42 in the third period. Rondo's long 2-pointer at the buzzer to end the quarter made it a 66-61 game, but Orlando scored the first eight points of the fourth to open a double-digit lead.
Orlando led 81-64 with 8:04 left when Howard picked up his fifth foul and went to the bench. Boston cut the deficit to 90-78 on Allen's 3-pointer with 4:12 to play.
But Turkoglu sank a 3-pointer, then Kendrick Perkins was called for a charge and Turkoglu made a fadeaway jumper to extend the lead to 17 points. Turkoglu was 9 for 12 from the field, scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter alone.
Notes: Magic assistant coach Patrick Ewing had guaranteed a victory. But Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who had been Ewing's teammate with the New York Knicks, laughed it off. ... Boston is 17-4 at home in Game 7s. ... Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner took in the game from courtside. ... Howard took a swing at Kendrick Perkins with about 2:30 left in the third quarter, but he did not connect and there was no call.
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