20-4 fourth-quarter run helps Boston pull away

BOSTON (AP) -- Delonte West and Walter McCarty gave the Boston
Celtics a big lift.

Raef LaFrentz scored seven of his 19 points in a 20-4
fourth-quarter run, and West and McCarty hit key 3-pointers in
reserve roles to help the Celtics beat the Orlando Magic 112-100 on
Friday night.

With Boston's offense sputtering early in the fourth quarter,
coach Doc Rivers called upon West and McCarty. Neither had played,
but they quickly made contributions.

"This was as much of a team win as we've had all year, with all
the different guys we had do different things out there," Rivers

The Magic led 94-85 early in the final quarter, but Boston went
on an 11-1 run in the next 4:47 -- capped by LaFrentz's layup with
5:06 to play. McCarty and West made 3-pointers during the spree.

After the Magic grabbed the lead on Turkoglu's 3-pointer with
4:20 left, Boston scored the next nine points to take a 105-98
lead. LaFrentz had an alley-oop dunk and a 3-pointer during the

McCarty's 3-pointer with 1:03 left sealed it, making it 108-100.

"Delonte was easy because I didn't want to put Gary (Payton) in
there yet," Rivers said. "The Walter decision was a bit tougher
because they hadn't gone small yet, but I wanted to stretch us

West's 3-pointer started Boston's spree, and McCarty's tied it
at 94 with 8:08 to play.

"I'm just glad I was able to come in and get it done again,"
McCarty said. "I think we match up well with them. We've got a lot
of small guys and take advantage of their quickness."

"I thought he raised our energy level, making some big shots,"
LaFrentz said about McCarty.

Paul Pierce scored 18 points on a 5-for-16 shooting night,
Payton added 17 points and Ricky Davis had 16 for the Celtics, 3-0
against Orlando this season.

Steve Francis scored 26 points for Orlando before fouling out
with 2:39 to play. Hedo Turkoglu added 22 points, and Tony Battie
had with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

"I just think they have our number," Magic coach Johnny Davis
said. "That's what it comes down to at this point, and until we
beat them, they do."

Boston's other two wins were by 18 and 16 points.

"They've smacked us three times now," Battie said. "Maybe if
we see them in the playoffs they will think that they have our
number and relax a bit."

Orlando used an 11-3 run midway through the third quarter to
take an 88-83 lead into the final period. The Celtics opened
10-point leads in each of the first two quarters, but the teams
were tied at 67 at halftime.

Game notes
Francis was whistled for a technical 2:01 into the game.
... Pierce was given a technical for slamming the ball onto the
court after being called for traveling in the third quarter. ...
The Boston mascot wore a Tom Brady jersey to get the crowd going in
the fourth quarter.


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