It was another perfect three-for-three night for the locals, though it wasn’t easy. The Celtics needed a 13-0 run in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter to come back from 10 points down and post a 92-88 win over the Orlando Magic in game five of their second round series, the Bruins were charged up and posted a 4-2 win in Carolina to even up their second round series at three games apiece, and the Red Sox rallied late for a 4-3 win over the Angels out in California.
Frank Dell’Apa has the Celtics crunching out another late win. Mark Murphy says that the fourth quarter was a testament to the virtue of grinding out a basketball game. Robert Lee has the Celtics storming back in the fourth for the crucial game fine win. Paul Doyle has the Celtics staging a furious last minute charge to come back on the Magic. Scott Souza has the Magic again leaving the Celtics for dead, only to let them off the floor. Jim Fenton says that the Celtics are making a habit of pulling out great escapes this spring. Lynn Worthy has the Celtics showing the heart of a champion once again.
Bob Ryan says that we need to appreciate the lovable spunk of this Celtics team. The implication being that there aren’t going to be too many more nights like this. As we’re reminded yet again, it’s 2009, not 2008. Steve Bulpett has the Celtics unable to make shots all night before suddenly turning it on in the fourth quarter. Jeff Jacobs says that the Celtics have shown the ability to close out games. Lenny Megliola has the Celtics getting it done the hard way- again.
Marc J. Spears has Stephon Marbury finally making a huge contribution with his 12 fourth quarter points. Ron Borges has Marbury finally making it back to a postgame podium. Mike Petraglia has more on Starbury to the rescue. Paul Flannery ponders whether this was a great escape by the Celtics or an epic collapse by the Magic. Jeff Howe says that whatever the end result turns out to be, this has been a memorable spring for the Celtics. Steve Krause says that the Celtics showed once again that you can never, ever count them out.
Michael Vega has Big Baby Davis continuing to push himself, even after the game winner the other night, resulting in a game-high 22 points last night. Bill Burt has Davis once again the hero for the Celtics. Bulpett has Davis apologizing for his contact with a fan following his game winning shot on Sunday, even though the kid’s dad is backtracking furiously because he knows he made an idiot of himself on a national stage. Patrick Gilroy wonders if the Celtics are taking Baby steps towards another title.
Ryan examines how the game has changed since Doc Rivers was a rookie back in 1983. Borges has Leon Powe being honored with a NBA’s Community Assist Award for his work with kids. Spears has the Cavaliers relaxing and watching from afar, ready to tear apart the winner of this series.
Julian Benbow has Dwight Howard being cautiously critical of his coach following the loss. Dan Ventura has the Magic pulling a disappearing act down the stretch. Ventura also has Courtney Lee giving the Magic a lift with his return to the lineup.
Dell’Apa’s notebook has Ray Allen still struggling from three point range, but hitting the biggest three of the night when it was needed. Murphy’s notebook has more on Allen getting the call. Burt’s notebook has more on Marbury’s contributions. In his notebook, Tim Weisberg has more on the Big Baby apology and a number of other items. Lee’s Celtics journal looks at Kendrick Perkins’ sore shoulder. Souza’s notebook also reports on Perkins’ shoulder.
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Dan Shaughnessy is looking forward to a Bruins game seven at the Garden. Steve Buckley says that the Bruins got the perfect payback last night – a win. Mick Colageo has the Bruins taking a strength of the Hurricanes and turning it into a weakness. Mike Loftus says that the Bruins have found their mojo.
Stephen Harris has Patrice Bergeron stepping up his game once again last night. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell writes about veteran Mark Recchi, who has seen it all in the NHL, again taking a leading role with the Bruins. Matt Kalman has Tim Thomas keeping calm in the eye of the storm. Joe Haggerty cranks out what we learned on the way to game seven.
Neil Amato has the Bruins taking the wind right out of the Hurricanes. Harris says that Scott Walker and the Hurricanes have muddied their clean image in this series. Buckley talks to the man who makes the ice at the RBC Center, who insists that his ice is the best in the league.
Daniel Barbarisi has the Red Sox putting together the late rally to beat the Angels. John Tomase has J.D. Drew again showing why he is so valuable to the Red Sox. Amalie Benjamin has the depleted lineup getting the job done for the Red Sox last night.
Sean McAdam notes the adversity that this Red Sox club has overcome thus far this season in terms of injuries. Adam Kilgore reports on Kevin Youkilis being placed on the DL. Barbarisi has more on Youkilis heading to the disabled list with a strained oblique. Rob Bradford notes that Red Sox trips to LA are rarely boring.
Tomase has David Ortiz receiving text messages from all around the league offering words of support in his slugging slump. Barbarisi has Ortiz getting plunked on the wrist, but not expecting to miss any time. Bradford has Ortiz thinking about his home run drought every day.
McAdam looks at a productive night at the plate for Jason Varitek, who drove home the winning run. Barbarisi has the hard work at the plate beginning to pay off for Varitek. Tomase says Justin Masterson might be heading back to the bullpen sooner rather than later.
Nick Cafardo has Roger Clemens steadfastly sticking to his story.
Christopher Price checks in with Kevin Faulk, who is just one of two players on the Patriots roster who was here before Bill Belichick. Christopher L. Gasper has David Thomas welcoming the competition at the tight end position. Karen Guregian and Shalise Manza Young have the Dolphins starting to show interest in Jason Taylor.