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MAGIC COUGHS UP 27-POINT CUSHION

Times wires

ORLANDO - Paul Pierce had 24 points and 10 assists, and E'Twaun Moore added 16 points to help the Celtics erase a 27-point deficit and beat the Magic for the second time this week, 91-83 on Thursday night.

Pierce and Moore had 10 points each in the fourth quarter, when the Magic scored eight.

Dwight Howard led the Magic with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Orlando had an 11-point lead entering the fourth quarter but shot 2-of-17 in the final 12 minutes.

The Celtics have won three straight for just the second time this season. It also was their fourth consecutive victory over the Magic, dating to last season.

Since a season-best, five-game winning streak, the Magic has lost three times in five games.

Meanwhile, Howard, who has asked to be traded but can opt out to become a free agent this summer, said he would consider hearing an offer from the Celtics. Howard's list of desirable trade destinations remains the Mavericks, Lakers and Nets. But Boston will have money to spend this summer if Howard is available.

"I'd always listen to a team like that," Howard told the Boston Herald. "I want to win a championship, and it takes a certain type of team to win a championship.

Motivated Rose: Bulls guard and reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose didn't like how the Pacers celebrated Wednesday after their 95-90 victory ended Chicago's eight-game winning streak at home. "I'll never forget how they celebrated just from winning this game," Rose was quoted as saying by ESPNChicago.com. "I can't wait to play them again." The Pacers were ousted by the Bulls in last season's playoffs.

Around the league: In another setback for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft, Bucks center Andrew Bogut is out indefinitely after breaking his left ankle Wednesday when he came down on a Houston player's foot. ... Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki, who has missed three games in order to strengthen his sore right knee, could return Sunday against the Spurs. ... Guard Eric Gordon turned down a four-year contract extension offer from the Hornets, the Associated Press reported, meaning he will become a restricted free agent after the season. Gordon went to New Orleans as part of a multiplayer trade that sent Chris Paul to the Clippers after the lockout ended.

Celtics 91, Magic 83

BOSTON (91): Pierce 7-18 8-11 24, Bass 4-12 2-4 10, Garnett 6-14 0-0 12, Bradley 3-7 0-0 6, Pietrus 4-9 1-2 12, Stiemsma 0-0 0-0 0, Daniels 2-2 0-0 4, Dooling 1-2 0-0 3, Wilcox 2-2 0-0 4, Pavlovic 0-1 0-0 0, Moore 5-6 2-2 16. Totals 34-73 13-19 91.

ORLANDO (83): Turkoglu 3-10 2-4 10, Anderson 5-12 1-1 12, Howard 6-12 4-8 16, Nelson 3-8 4-6 11, J.Richardson 5-12 2-4 13, Davis 3-11 1-3 7, Q.Richardson 0-3 0-0 0, Duhon 1-2 0-0 2, Clark 2-3 1-2 5, Redick 2-6 3-3 7. Totals 30-79 18-31 83.

Boston 16 21 27 27 - 91

Orlando 32 26 17 8 - 83

3-Point Goals-Boston 10-21 (Moore 4-4, Pietrus 3-8, Pierce 2-6, Dooling 1-2, Bradley 0-1), Orlando 5-17 (Turkoglu 2-5, Anderson 1-2, J.Richardson 1-4, Nelson 1-4, Q.Richardson 0-2). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Boston 47 (Garnett 10), Orlando 60 (Howard 16). Assists-Boston 23 (Pierce 10), Orlando 16 (Turkoglu 7). Total Fouls-Boston 27, Orlando 23. Technicals-Boston Coach Rivers, Anderson, Howard, Redick. A-18,952.

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