Howard had a season-high six blocks and Milicic added four,
giving him 14 in the last three games, to help Orlando beat Boston
84-77 on Friday night.
"I've been watching Darko block shots the last couple of games
and I just tried to do some of the same things tonight," said
Howard, who also had 18 points and 13 rebounds. "The coaches are
expecting a big defensive presence from both of us and they got it
The Magic trailed 61-59 entering the fourth quarter, but limited
Boston to just 13 percent (3-for-23) shooting in the final period.
It was only the second time in 37 games this season that Orlando
has trailed going into the fourth quarter and rallied to win the
"Normally, we're a better shooting team than that, but we were
seeing shadows everytime we went up for a shot in the paint," said
Boston's Wally Szczerbiak, one of only two Celtics to score in
double figures with 16 points.
"I thought we played pretty good defense on them in the fourth
quarter," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "Boston missed a lot of
makeable shots, but at least we were contesting those shots. We
didn't give them many wide open looks and that's really what we're
trying to accomplish defensively."
Jameer Nelson had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists for
Orlando, which won for the fourth time in five games.
The Magic had two decisive runs in the final period, both fueled
by Hedo Turkoglu, who scored 10 of his 18 points in the quarter.
Turkoglu's three-pointer started a 7-0 run that pushed the Magic in
front 70-66 with 7:29 left in the game. Then he scored the last
four points in an 8-1 run that gave Orlando an 80-72 advantage with
1:47 left in the game.
Boston never got closer than five the rest of the game.
"One of the referees said this was one of the ugliest games
he's seen in quite some time and I agree," Boston coach Doc Rivers
said. "Bad turnovers, missed shots, bobbling the ball ... we
forced a lot of things we didn't have to. When we kept it simple,
there were stretches where we looked beautiful and then there were
stretches where we looked pretty bad."
The Celtics, who lost in Miami on Thursday night, are 7-23
in back-to-back games this season. ... Turkoglu tied a career-high
with four steals. ... LaFrentz is shooting only 31 percent
(13-for-42) in his last six games. ... Celtic F Ryan Gomes has more
double-doubles (6) than any rookie since the All-Star break.