- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 27, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Dwight Howard scored 10 points in overtime and the Orlando Magic, raining down 3-pointers like a Florida thunderstorm, withstood 44 points and a last-second shot by LeBron James for a 116-114 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

Howard finished with 27 points, 14 rebounds and again made his free throws — 7 of 9 — for the resilient Magic, who made a team record 17 3-pointers, 11 after halftime.

Orlando can earn its second trip to the NBA finals with a win in Game 5 on Thursday night in Cleveland.

Rafer Alston added 26 points for the Magic.

James had 12 rebounds and seven assists, but he had eight turnovers for the Cavs, whose season of seasons is slipping away.

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