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Game 7: Third quarter update

After three, the Magic lead, 66-61.

Every time the Celtics [1] get close enough to really put pressure on Orlando, the Magic find a way to make a play or two. With the score 54-50, Ray Allen [2] had a look at a 3-pointer, but it rimmed out. J.J. Redick and Hedo Turkoglu [3] then hit 3-pointers to make it a 10-point game again.

With the Magic up seven, 64-57, Mickael Pietrus [4] was able to get a layup in transition and Kendrick Perkins [5] missed three shots from in close in rapid succession.

But the Celtics are hanging in there and they have the Magic to thank. Rashard Lewis missed a pair of free throws at the end of the quarter and Rafer Alston [6] fouled Rajon Rondo [7] while he was shooting a fade-away jumper. Then after Courtney Lee [8] missed a 10-footer, Rondo drained a long two at the buzzer.

This sets up the classic fourth quarter situation. If the Magic are going to take a step and advance they will have to hold a lead on the road in a close-out game. The Celtics have 12 minutes to come back from yet another deficit and continue the defense of their title.