Jameer Nelson's three-point attempt airballed at the buzzer.
The Magic argued calls, plenty of them. Vince Carter waved his arms in disbelief when called for his third foul, incensing referee Bill Kennedy enough to call a technical. They argued with each other at times, Redick and Howard appearing to exchange words when Redick threw the ball away in the third quarter. They smacked their hands in disgust, like Rashard Lewis did after a rebound evaded his grasp.
It was an Orlando ungluing, and it came at the worst time.
Game 3 is Saturday night in Boston.
"Our fans won't let us relax," Pierce said. "We're going to try and close it out in four games."
* Denver coach George Karl is slowly recovering from throat cancer, according to Kim Van Deraa, Karl's life partner and mother of their 5-year-old daughter. She wrote in her blog that Karl's energy level is rising, although he is still using a feeding tube for most of his nutrition.