Boston Celtics defeat Orlando Magic, 95-92

ORLANDO, Fla. — A 38-, 39-, or even 40-year-old shooting guard?

Who ever heard of such a thing?

The NBA actuarial tables say Ray Allen should be finished now. A few point guards (Jason Kidd, 37; Steve Nash, 36) are still performing at a high level. But shooting guards go first. Always.

There is one exception. Ray Allen will turn 35 July 20. Is there the slightest indication that he won’t be a viable NBA player next year, and, who knows, for several more thereafter? O...

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Too slow? Too old?

Try two wins from the NBA finals.

Indeed, the Boston Celtics look like they saved their best this season for when it mattered most.

"I know," Boston's Paul Pierce said. "It's starting to look that way."

Pierce scored 28 points, Rajon Rondo had 25 and the revived Celtics again avoided a late collapse to take a commanding lead in the Eastern Conference finals with a 95-92 victory over the Orlando Magic in Game 2 on Tuesday ni...

ORLANDO, Fla. — To an extent, just the thought of four straight wins made Celtics coach Doc Rivers nervous. During the regular season, the Celtics got drunk off just one or two shots of success, short winning streaks followed by catastrophic losses.

In the last week, they rendered the Cavaliers powerless, and after a Game 1 win over the Magic in the Eastern Conference finals opener, Rivers knew it would be easy for his team to feel too good about itself.

Rivers saw h...

ORLANDO, Fla.—They lost their cool, then lost the game.

And if that wasn't bad enough, the Orlando Magic might have just lost any realistic hope of returning to the NBA finals.

With frustration evident and the season very possibly slipping away, the Magic lost Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals to the Boston Celtics 95-92 on Tuesday night, falling behind 2-0 in the best-of-seven series and putting themselves into a most precarious hole.

"We didn't play smart ...