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The Celtics were in control of Game 4 for much of the second half, but Orlando would not go away. With just a few seconds left in the game, the Magic found themselves up by one point. However, the ball found its way to Glen “Big Baby” Davis, not the one who would normally take the last shot, but he sank the game winner at the buzzer to tie up the series 2-2 with the Celtics winning 95-94.
Paul Pierce was the game’s leading scorer with 27 points despite spending time on the bench due to foul trouble. Game 4′s hero, Glen Davis, finished with 21 points. Rajon Rondo (21 points, 14 rebounds) and Kendrick Perkins (12 points and 13 rebounds) each had double-doubles, and Ray Allen contributed 12 points in the win.
Dwight Howard finished with another double-double, leading the Magic with 23 points and and 17 rebounds. Forwards Rashard Lewis (22 points) and Hedo Turkoglu (11 points) each did what they could to help, and Mickael Pietrus added 11 points off the bench. The Magic hung around thanks to clutch play from Courtney Lee (eight points), as well as decent play from the rest of their bench.
The Celtics starting five did all the work with only two points coming off the bench from Stephon Marbury. The bench still contributed because Paul Pierce, Glen Davis, and Brian Scalabrine all found themselves in early foul trouble. Overall, though, the bench was completely ineffective and was purely there to eat minutes.
This series is proving to be a good one like in the first round, and the Celtics are lucky to have the home court advantage back as they head back to Boston for Game 5 on Tuesday night.