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Magic takes over in third

Vince Carter, right, grabbing a rebound in front of Kevin Garnett in the second quarter, had nine of his 20 points during the third.

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Vince Carter, right, grabbing a rebound in front of Kevin Garnett in the second quarter, had nine of his 20 points during the third.

BOSTON — The Magic needed less than 48 hours to go from a terrible third quarter to a terrific one.

Vince Carter and Dwight Howard each had nine points in that quarter to erase an 11-point halftime deficit, and Orlando beat the Celtics 96-89 on Sunday.

"In a matter of three days, I've seen the worst quarter we've had since I've been here in three years and the best now in three years," Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said.

On Friday night, the Magic blew a 21-point lead and lost to the Wizards 92-91 after being outscored 39-17 in the third. Sunday, it outscored Boston 36-11 in that quarter.

The Magic (34-17) moved into second place in the East, one game ahead of the Celtics (32-17).

"We were upset about the way we played in the first half," said Howard, who had 16 points and 13 rebounds. After that, "we got stops and then we came down and hit some shots. And after that, we just kept it rolling."

Carter had 20 points, nine during a 19-0 rally that began after Rajon Rondo's 3-pointer gave the Celtics a 60-51 lead with 7:17 left in the third, Boston's fourth and final field goal of the quarter. That surge wiped out a 51-40 halftime deficit.

HATE MAIL: The FBI investigated a series of threatening letters sent to late Pistons coach Chuck Daly at the height of his team's success during the 1989-90 "Bad Boys" championship era, government records show.

One letter, mailed from Cleveland and postmarked April 24, 1989, arrived about two months after Cavaliers guard Mark Price suffered a concussion following a Rick Mahorn elbow and three months after Cleveland's Brad Daugherty and Detroit's Bill Laimbeer had a fistfight.

"God made me realize that YOU, not Laimbeer, Mahorn or any of the others are the one possessed by (Satan)," the author wrote in the one-page handwritten letter addressed to "Mr. Chuck Daly."

Magic 96, Celtics 89

ORLANDO (96): Barnes 4-6 0-0 11, Lewis 5-13 2-2 14, Howard 4-9 8-12 16, Nelson 5-10 4-4 15, Carter 7-13 3-4 20, Gortat 1-4 0-0 2, Redick 1-3 2-2 4, Pietrus 2-5 2-3 8, J.Williams 2-2 2-2 6, Anderson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 31-67 23-29 96.

BOSTON (89): Pierce 5-12 2-2 13, Garnett 5-13 3-3 13, Perkins 1-3 0-0 2, Rondo 7-13 1-3 17, R.Allen 4-13 5-6 14, Wallace 1-6 0-0 2, Davis 4-11 1-3 9, T.Allen 1-1 2-2 4, House 3-4 0-0 7, Daniels 4-7 0-0 8. Totals 35-83 14-19 89.

Orlando 23 17 36 20— 96

Boston 24 27 11 27— 89

3-Point GoalsOrlando 11-22 (Carter 3-4, Barnes 3-4, Lewis 2-3, Pietrus 2-4, Nelson 1-3, Anderson 0-1, Gortat 0-1, Redick 0-2), Boston 5-16 (Rondo 2-2, House 1-1, R.Allen 1-5, Pierce 1-6, Wallace 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 46 (Howard 13), Boston 49 (Garnett 9). AssistsOrlando 17 (Nelson 4), Boston 24 (Rondo 9). Total FoulsOrlando 19, Boston 22. TechnicalsBoston defensive three second. A18,624 (18,624).

Raptors 115, Kings 104

SACRAMENTO (104): Casspi 1-5 1-2 3, Greene 4-10 2-5 13, Hawes 6-16 2-2 14, T.Evans 3-8 5-5 11, Martin 7-18 9-12 24, Thompson 4-7 2-3 10, Nocioni 4-10 2-2 11, May 4-5 0-0 8, Udrih 3-5 2-5 8, Udoka 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 37-85 25-36 104.

TORONTO (115): Turkoglu 6-14 2-4 16, Bosh 14-18 8-11 36, Bargnani 9-15 3-4 22, Jack 3-8 1-1 7, DeRozan 3-6 1-1 7, Weems 2-4 0-0 4, Johnson 0-3 0-0 0, Calderon 3-7 0-0 7, Wright 6-7 2-2 16. Totals 46-82 17-23 115.

Sacramento 24 35 28 17— 104

Toronto 31 31 22 31— 115

3-Point GoalsSacramento 5-14 (Greene 3-3, Nocioni 1-3, Martin 1-6, Hawes 0-1, Udrih 0-1), Toronto 6-17 (Wright 2-3, Turkoglu 2-5, Calderon 1-2, Bargnani 1-5, Jack 0-2). Fouled OutTurkoglu. ReboundsSacramento 54 (Hawes 11), Toronto 47 (Bosh 11). AssistsSacramento 19 (T.Evans 9), Toronto 28 (Jack 9). Total FoulsSacramento 18, Toronto 25. TechnicalsJack, Toronto defensive three second. A18,007 (19,800).

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