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ORLANDO, Fla.

- Dwight Howard scored 10 points in overtime and the Orlando Magic, raining down three-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 last night to take a three-games-to-one lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

"I had to get myself going.

My teammates found me in the right place to score and I kept scoring," Howard said of his overtime effort at Amway Arena that included three dunks, a tip-in and two free throws.

"I hate losing, especially on my home floor.

We kept fighting for the win." 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 three-pointers.

Orlando can earn its second trip to the NBA Finals with a win in Game 5 tomorrow night in Cleveland.

With the Magic trailing by 98-97 in regulation, Rashard Lewis drilled a three-pointer with 6.4 seconds left for a 100-98 lead.

James took the ball with 4.1 seconds remaining, and went down after tangling with Mickael Pietrus, giving James two free throws with 0.5 second left.

James made them both -the second one hopping out and then back in - to send Game 4 into OT.

Rafer Alston had 26 points for the Magic, while Lewis and Pietrus had 17 each.

In support of James' 44 points, Mo Williams had 18 points and St.

Joseph's product Delonte West 17.Cleveland 25 33 21 21 14 � 114 Orlando 21 29 28 22 16 � 116 ���FG���FT���Reb��� CLEVELAND Min���M-A���M-A���O-T���A���PF���Pts��� James 49:24���13-29���14-18���1-12���7���5���44��� Varejao 26:19���4-8���1-1���1-2���0���6���9��� Ilgauskas 33:00���5-9���2-2���3-9���0���3���12��� MWilliams 46:55���5-15���8-9���0-5���2���2���18��� West 47:02���7-15���3-3���0-5���7���4���17��� Szczerbiak 20:53���1-4���0-1���0-2���1���3���2��� Gibson 21:17���2-5���2-2���0-1���0���1���8��� Wallace 16:01���2-2���0-0���2-4���0���1���4��� Smith 4:09���0-0���0-0���0-0���0���0���0��� Totals 265:00���39-87���30-36���7-40���17���25���114���Percentages: FG .448, FT .833.

3-Point Goals: 6-22, .273 (James 4-10, Gibson 2-5, Szczerbiak 0-1, West 0-3, M.Williams 0-3).

Team Rebounds: 11.

Team Turnovers: 14 (16 Pts).

Blocked Shots: 3 (James, Wallace, West).

Turnovers: 12 (James 8, Szczerbiak 2, Varejao, M.Williams).

Steals: 10 (Varejao 5, M.Williams 2, James, Wallace, West).

Technical Fouls: None.

���FG���FT���Reb��� ORLANDO Min���M-A���M-A���O-T���A���PF���Pts��� Turkoglu 43:13���5-13���3-4���1-7���8���4���15��� Lewis 46:16���5-9���5-6���1-5���0���1���17��� Howard 49:06���10-16���7-9���2-14���4���5���27��� Alston 37:10���10-17���0-0���0-2���4���4���26��� Lee 25:38���2-6���0-0���0-3���2���2���5��� Johnson 14:51���2-4���2-4���0-0���1���2���7��� Pietrus 39:43���5-13���2-4���0-3���2���5���17��� Battie 5:09���0-1���0-0���0-0���0���0���0��� Gortat 3:54���1-1���0-0���0-4���0���2���2��� Totals 265:00���40-80���19-27���4-38���21���25���116���Percentages: FG .500, FT .704.

3-Point Goals: 17-38, .447 (Alston 6-12, Pietrus 5-11, Lewis 2-4, Turkoglu 2-5, Johnson 1-2, Lee 1-4).

Team Rebounds: 13.

Team Turnovers: 15 (15 Pts).

Blocked Shots: 4 (Howard 3, Lee).

Turnovers: 15 (Turkoglu 5, Alston 3, Howard 2, Lewis 2, Pietrus 2, Johnson).

Steals: 5 (Alston 2, Howard, Johnson, Pietrus).

Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 7:10 first; Defensive three second, 11:49 first; Howard, 4:11 third; Bench, 4:11 third.A: 17,461 (17,461).

T: 3:07.

Officials: Scott Foster, Mike Callahan, Joe DeRosa.



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