Orlando Magic defeat Boston Celtics, 96-92

Stan Van Gundy needed to know.

Who were these guys?

Were they quitters, or were they fighters? Were they going to allow the entire nation to think they had somehow gotten lost en route to the Westminster Dog Show?

“The question will come,’’ he said before last night’s game. “The question will come, either early or late in the game, especially when you’re down. That’s the question, not the mentality going into the game.’’

The question came at least five times. It c...

The play was supposed to be a pick-and-roll with Paul Pierce, who was having one of his best nights in these playoffs, and Ray Allen, who was on target from 3-point range. The play was botched so badly, the Celtics never got a shot off.

“We didn’t execute, I can tell you that much,’’ said Celtics coach Doc Rivers, swallowing a 96-92 Game 4 loss at TD Garden last night that leaves the Celtics with a three games to one lead in the Eastern Conferemnce finals. “When you loo...

The Celtics, with their weary legs, couldn’t close out the Orlando Magic last night at TD Garden. They had their chances. They had their open shots. They had the Magic reeling in a few late-game stretches.

The margin for error was slim because the Magic showed early they were not the lethargic bunch that showed up Saturday night. They made a slew of mistakes and a banked 3-pointer by Jameer Nelson in overtime perhaps made the difference, but they are indeed back in the ...