ORLANDO (AP) - Not ready to go home just yet, the only place the Orlando Magic are headed is back to Boston. Halfway to history.
Taking another step toward overcoming an improbable 3-0 series deficit, Dwight Howard had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Magic to a 113-92 victory over the Celtics Wednesday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
A series that looked like a sweep a few days ago now has the Celtics holding a slim 3-2 lead for a pressure-packed Game 6 in Boston Friday night. The Celtics are facing the possibility of playing it without Kendrick Perkins after their starting center picked up his seventh technical foul of the playoffs, a mandatory suspension unless it is overturned.
A potential Game 7 would be in Orlando. No NBA team has won a series after losing the first three games.
The Magic, seemingly lifeless after a blowout defeat in Game 3, suddenly have hope to be the first. They broke out of their series-long shooting slump, making 13-of-25 three-pointers.
Jameer Nelson scored 24 points, and J.J. Redick had 14. Howard added five blocks as Orlando built an early 14-point lead.