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5/11/2009 1:33:55 AM
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Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Glen Davis' jumper from the left wing as the clock ran out in the fourth was the difference, as the Boston Celtics edged the Orlando Magic, 95-94, in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup.

Davis ended with 21 points for the Celtics, who evened the series at two games apiece. Game 5 of the best-of-seven series is set for Tuesday back in Boston.

"Since I have been with the Celtics, I have been trying to find my niche in our system," said Davis. "(Coach) Doc (Rivers) told me that if you work on that shot and show me you can make it, I am going to let you shoot it. This year has been proof of hard work. You just have to be focused. You have to make sure you understand the moment, the clock situation, and basically think without thinking. You just have to shoot it."

Paul Pierce had 27 points and Rajon Rondo chipped in 21 points and 14 rebounds for Boston, which was 1-for-10 from three-point range. Kendrick Perkins and Ray Allen scored 12 each, and Perkins added 13 boards in the triumph.

Dwight Howard finished with 23 points and a game-best 17 boards for the Magic, who were a woeful 5-for-27 from behind the arc. Rashard Lewis poured in 22 points, while Hedo Turkoglu and Mickael Pietrus scored 11 each.

With the Magic trailing by three late in the game, Courtney Lee nailed a jumper to make it 91-90 with about 3 1/2 minutes left. Both teams blew a number of possessions over the next few minutes, and Turkoglu missed a three- pointer with under a minute to go.

But Orlando held onto the ball and called timeout with 56.6 ticks left. On the next play, Howard was fouled by Rondo with 49.6 seconds showing and hit both shots for a 92-91 Magic lead.

Davis knocked down a long-range jumper -- the Celtics' first field goal since Rondo's hook shot with 7:22 left in the fourth -- to give Boston the edge, but Orlando fought back. Turkoglu missed another three and Pietrus grabbed the rebound, and the team called a timeout with 16.7 seconds left.

The Magic inbounded the ball and worked it to Lewis on the right wing. He then drove the lane and was fouled by Davis before hitting both shots to give the home team the one-point advantage.

With 11.3 ticks remaining, Pierce inbounded the ball to Rondo up top and he gave it back before Pierce moved the ball to Davis on the left wing. Davis put up a shot that found its way through the iron as the clock expired, as the C's escaped with a win.

"Well that actually was a lot like one of the plays they ran earlier this year, Big Baby (Davis) hit the same shot in the same spot," said Howard. "What I saw was Big Baby screening Paul [Pierce] and Paul was wide open coming off the screen and Coach told us to switch 1-4 and he wanted me to stay home and I just saw Paul coming off the screen wide open. So I just tried to step up and be there for Rashard [Lewis] and Rashard tried to just get back to Paul, but he threw it to Big Baby and...Big Shot Baby Davis."

The score stayed close throughout the first period, and Lewis' layup gave the Magic a 28-25 lead after the opening 12 minutes. The game was tight in the second quarter, too, before Allen's layup and Rondo's jumper gave the Celtics a 48-46 edge at the break.

With the game tied at 56 early in the third period, Pierce hit a jumper and Davis offered a layup to spark an 11-2 run. Allen then had a layup and Pierce nailed a three to close out the surge, which gave Boston a 67-58 lead with 4:34 showing on the clock.

Orlando came back to cut the deficit to 71-69, but the visitors closed the third on an 8-2 run to take a 79-71 lead into the fourth.

Lee's jumper and Pietrus' three-pointer brought the Magic within 79-76 early in the fourth frame. The teams traded baskets and Lee's jumper eventually made it 90-88 with 4:04 remaining.

Game Notes: Orlando's J.J. Redick recorded a game-high seven assists, which is a career high...As a team the Magic committed only eight turnovers, which is a playoff low. The Magic's bench outscored the Celtics' reserves, 31-2...Boston shot 52.8 percent from the field, while Orlando hit at a 40 percent clip...Orlando guard Rafer Alston, who was suspended for Friday's contest after swinging and hitting Boston's Eddie House's head in Game 2 of this series, played and finished with five points in 26:58...The Celtics and Magic split the four-game regular season series this year with each club winning once on the other team's home floor...The teams have met in the playoffs just once, with Orlando earning a 3-1 win in the 1995 Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Glen Davis (Photo: Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
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