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05/24/2010 - 11:43pm
Magic survival act: Orlando wins in OT

Dwight Howard had 32 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks and Jameer Nelson added 23 points as the Orlando Magic beat the Celtics, 96-92, in overtime Monday night at TD Garden to force Game 5 Wednesday night in Orlando. 

 

The Celtics tied the game on a Paul Pierce three-point play with one minute, 16 seconds left in regulation. Pierce led the Celtics with 32 points and 11 rebounds in nearly 47 minutes of play while Ray Allen kept the Celtics alive late by hitting five of his seven 3-point attempts to finish with 22.  

 

The Magic led by as many as 10 in the first half and by seven in the fourth quarter only to have the Celtics come back each time. 

 

The Celtics had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation but Pierce lost control of the ball as he was dribbling for a final shot and the clock expired. 

 

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05/24/2010 - 10:52pm
Sox to designate McDonald for Cameron

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox plan to activate outfielder Mike Cameron on Monday. In order to make room for the 37-year-old on the roster, the Sox will designate outfielder Darnell McDonald for assignment. 

 

"While I was here I had a good time. I got  chance to play every day. Like I said, it's a tough situation for everybody," said McDonald. "[Terry Francona] expressed that to me. It's one of those things. Like I said, I hope some other doors have opened up from getting an opportunity here.

 

"I have nothing but love for the people here, the fans especially. It was a great opportunity. You never know. Obviously I want to be in the big leagues, and hopefully I showed some people I can play in the big leagues and that I'll get another chance to do it."

 

Cameron has been on the disabled list since April 20 with a lower abdomen strain. He is hitting .233/....

05/24/2010 - 10:19pm
Buchholz, Red Sox best Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Clay Buchholz only allowed one run on six hits over six innings, while David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis continued their hot-hitting ways, each homering, as the Red Sox claimed a 6-1 win over the first-place Rays, Monday night at Tropicana Field. The only blemish against Buchholz, who struck out eight while throwing 108 pitches, was a fourth-inning solo homer from Tampa Bay's Carlos Pena. The Red Sox offense was able to drive Tampa Bay starter Wade Davis out of the game after just 3 2/3 innings, having scored five runs on seven hits off of the Rays' pitcher. It marked just the 10th time this season Tampa Bay has had to turn to its bullpen before the seventh inning. Besides Ortiz and Youkilis, the other two stars for the Red Sox' offense were Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Beltre, notching three hits apiece. For more see Closing Time at the...

05/24/2010 - 9:40pm
Report: Thibodeau the favorite for Hornets

Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau has become the frontrunner for the New Orleans Hornets' head coaching position.

 

According to the report, the Hornets are moving closer to "formulating" an offer to Thibodeau, who is also believed to be on a short list for the head-coaching job with the New Jersey Nets.  

 

Thibodeau, who has interviewed for numerous head-coaching positions over the past few years, is considered the architect of a Celtics defense that has been the key to another deep postseason run.  

 

Although it has been heavily rumored that Doc Rivers will leave the Celtics at the end of the season to spend more time with his family, the Yahoo! report indicated that Thibodeau has not been given any assurance that he will be a...

05/24/2010 - 9:36pm
SVG on C's holding back: 'A bunch of crap'

Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said anyone who thought the Celtics were holding back during the regular season just because they won only 50 games is terribly mistaken. 

 

"I think that's a bunch of crap," Van Gundy said. "I think they had injuries, period. I don't think they were holding anything back. Kevin Garnett had a serious knee injury that takes a lot of time to get back to full strength. When we were at the All Star Game, at that point, I didn't either Garnett or Pierce were at full speed or looked healthy, still. I thought Kevin was still having trouble with mobility in that leg and Paul's foot was bothering him. Injuries mean a lot."

 

Van Gundy saw both Garnett and Paul Pierce during the All Star break in Arlington, Texas. He said he knew at the time, the Celtics weren't at full strength. The Celtics finished fourth in the East with a 50-32 record, behind Cleveland, Orlando and Atlanta....

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