BOSTON - The Boston Celtics moved a win away from their second NBA Finals trip in three years, and the defending Eastern Conference champions barely put up a fight.

Backup Glen "Big Baby" Davis scored 17 points, and Rajon Rondo added 11 points and 12 assists on Saturday night to lead the Celtics to a 94-71 victory over the Orlando Magic and a three-games-to-none lead in the best-of-seven East finals.

No NBA team has lost a playoff series after winning the first three games.

The Magic have to win Game 4 on Monday night to avoid a sweep and force the series back to Orlando. They'll need a better effort than in Game 3, when they fell behind early for the third straight game. This time, they didn't even mount a late charge to make it close.

One game after scoring 30 points, Dwight Howard had just seven points and seven rebounds. Vince Carter and Jameer Nelson had 15 points apiece.

But the Celtics are not done yet: Just eight days ago in the same building, the Flyers completed their comeback after trailing the Boston Bruins, 3-0, in the NHL's Eastern Conference semifinals.

Celtics fans either don't remember or don't care: They started chanting "Beat L.A.!" at the start of the third quarter, when Boston led, 75-47. The hated Lakers lead the Phoenix Suns, 2-0, heading into Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Sunday.

Orlando 12 22 13 24 – 71

Boston 27 24 24 19 – 94

   FG   FT   Reb   

ORLANDO Min   M-A   M-A   O-T   A   PF   Pts   

Barnes 15:47   1-2   0-0   1-2   2   2   2

Lewis 27:44   2-8   0-0   0-4   0   5   4

Howard 39:24   3-10   1-4   1-7   1   3   7

Nelson 32:18   5-14   2-2   0-4   1   2   15

Carter 34:47   5-12   4-4   0-5   2   4   15

Redick 25:47   3-5   2-2   0-2   2   0   9

JWilliams 15:42   1-4   2-2   0-1   1   1   5

Pietrus 19:39   3-6   4-4   0-1   1   3   12

Gortat 12:18   0-2   0-0   1-6   0   4   0

Anderson 11:00   0-1   0-0   0-2   0   0   0

Bass 5:34   1-1   0-0   0-2   0   1   2

Totals 240:00   24-65   15-18   3-36   10   25   71

Percentages: FG .369, FT .833. 3-Point Goals: 8-30, .267 (Nelson 3-9, Pietrus 2-5, Redick 1-3, J.Williams 1-3, Carter 1-5, Anderson 0-1, Lewis 0-4). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 17 (19 Pts). Blocked Shots: 5 (Howard 3, Lewis 2). Turnovers: 17 (Lewis 4, Nelson 4, Redick 3, Carter 2, Anderson, Barnes, Howard, Pietrus). Steals: 5 (Carter 2, Gortat, Howard, Pietrus). Technical Fouls: Howard, 1:24 first.

   FG   FT   Reb   

BOSTON Min   M-A   M-A   O-T   A   PF   Pts   

Pierce 35:10   6-12   1-2   0-9   2   1   15

Garnett 23:55   4-6   2-2   0-6   1   2   10

Perkins 22:53   3-7   0-0   1-6   0   5   6

Rondo 34:25   4-14   3-7   1-3   12   1   11

RAllen 37:31   6-13   0-0   1-6   6   3   14

TAllen 18:12   1-1   2-2   0-1   2   3   4

Davis 26:58   5-9   7-9   3-6   0   0   17

Wallace 17:29   4-6   0-0   0-4   0   2   10

Finley 8:23   0-1   0-0   0-0   0   1   0

Daniels 5:34   1-3   4-4   1-1   0   0   6

Robinson 4:45   0-1   1-2   0-0   0   1   1

SWilliams 4:45   0-0   0-0   0-1   0   1   0

Totals 240:00   34-73   20-28   7-43   23   20   94

Percentages: FG .466, FT .714. 3-Point Goals: 6-11, .545 (Wallace 2-3, R.Allen 2-4, Pierce 2-4). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 9 (9 Pts). Blocked Shots: 3 (Davis, Garnett, Perkins). Turnovers: 8 (Rondo 3, T.Allen 2, Daniels, Pierce, S.Williams). Steals: 12 (Rondo 4, Garnett 3, Pierce 2, R.Allen, T.Allen, Wallace). Technical Fouls: Perkins, 1:24 first.

A: 18,624 (18,624). T: 2:30. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Bill Spooner, Greg Willard.