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Redick provided a big boost off the bench, making a pair of 3-pointers to highlight a 20-8 run that put Orlando ahead 51-37 in the second quarter. His swishes and crisp passing kept the Celtics scrambling, and it filled a major hole with starter Vince Carter continuing to struggle.
Amid an amped-up Amway Arena, Wallace picked up his third foul during the spurt and taunted Orlando fans all the way to bench. Wallace shouted and screamed to the stands, pointing at his ring finger for the championship he already won with Detroit -- a title that has long eluded Orlando.
Things got even worse for the Celtics when Perkins was ejected after he picked up his second technical of the game and seventh of the postseason for arguing with officials. Perkins and Marcin Gortat were whistled for double technicals a few minutes prior after they got tangled up.
That means Perkins, one of the best defenders in the league on Howard, will be suspended for Game 6 unless the NBA rescinds the technical. NBA spokesman Tim Frank said a final review of the technicals was expected to be announced by mid-to-late morning Thursday.
"I didn't think he deserved either one. But he got them," Rivers said.
The Celtics are two games from infamy, and the pressure is mounting.
Only four times in the history of North American major pro sports leagues has a team won a playoff series after losing the first three games. Such comebacks are something Boston fans know all too well.
It has happened three times in the NHL -- most recently by the Philadelphia Flyers over the Boston Bruins earlier this month -- and once in baseball, when the Boston Red Sox came back to beat the New York Yankees in the 2004 AL championship series.
In 93 tries, it has just never been done in the NBA.
Here's the Magic's chance at history.
"We just all believe," Nelson said. "We all believe. We know we can do it."
NOTES: Of the 93 teams that have fallen into an 0-3 hole, only three have even forced a Game 7. ... The NBA upgraded Howard's elbow on Boston's Kevin Garnett in Game 4 to a flagrant-one foul Wednesday. That's Howard's second flagrant of the playoffs; two more and he will be suspended one game.
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