|Monday's NBA Playoff Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 28 April 2008 17:20|
It was Howard's third game with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in the first-round series.
Raptors forward Chris Bosh, who posted career playoff highs of 39 points and 15 rebounds at Toronto on Saturday, had 16 points and nine rebounds.
The Magic will play the winner of the Detroit-Philadelphia series, which is tied 2-2, in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
T.J. Ford and Carlos Delfino both scored 14 points for the Raptors.
Keith Bogans and Jameer Nelson each hit a 3-pointer and Howard added a layup as the Magic used an 8-0 run over a 3:13 span to open a 92-82 lead.
Nelson scored 19 points for Orlando and Rashard Lewis had 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Hawks 97, Celtics 92
ATLANTA (AP) - Joe Johnson scored 35 points - 20 in the fourth quarter - and Josh Smith added 28 points and seven blocks for Atlanta, which evened the best-of-seven series at two games apiece.
Game 5 is Wednesday night in Boston.
The Hawks, who had the worst record (37-45) of any playoff team, overcame two double-digit deficits to beat a team that won an NBA-leading 66 games during the regular season.
After Smith's jumper put the Hawks ahead to stay 81-79, Johnson scored nine straight points to keep the Celtics on the ropes.
Smith made two free throws with 26 seconds remaining for a 93-87 lead. Johnson finished off the Celtics by making two more foul shots with 14 seconds left.
Ray Allen led Boston with 21 points, and Kevin Garnett added 20.