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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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/....
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...
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...
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....
We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
Dave Portnoy gave us the latest from the Brady Goodell hearing.
The Big O announces his return to WEEI.
Jesse Spector of Sporting News on Schilling.
The guys discuss Kanye's ridiculous statements from last night's MTV VMA's, in which Kanye complained about how he's treated by everyone EXCEPT artists, and his announcement that he'll run for president in 2020.
Dont'a Hightower joined the show on a Patriots Monday. He spoke out the benefits of getting "calloused" as the season wears on, how he likes being on the outside because he can go after the QB, and his appreciate for how Rob Ninkovich climbed the Patriots ranks to become a starter.
We check in with Gary Myers of the NYDN about his tweets reporting the NFL's best settlement offer to Brady... a one game reduction for a full admission of guilt. The offer obviously went nowhere.
We wrap up a Monday with some of the best sound bites you may have missed.
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
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Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.
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