Holding a two-point lead with just over three minutes remaining in overtime, the Orlando Magic appeared ready to surpass their longest winning streak of the young season by notching their third straight victory. Sadly, the Boston Celtics had other ideas, scoring 12 of the game’s final 16 points en route to a 116-110 defeat of the Magic on Sunday night at the Amway Center.
“We had our chances. We definitely had our chances in overtime,” Magic guard J.J. Redick said. “We had a couple of bad possessions offensively. We'll learn from that. …You can talk about experience or execution. They just executed better than us in the end.”
Boston (8-6) received 24 points and 10 rebounds from Kevin Garnett, while Paul Pierce registered 23 points and Rajon Rondo flirted with a triple-double, recording 15 points, 16 assists, and nine rebounds. In addition, Leandro Barbosa had 15 points, Brandon Bass had 13 points and 12 boards, and Jared Sullinger had 11 points.
The Magic (5-8) got 21 points from Redick and 20 from Jameer Nelson, while Glen Davis tallied 15 points and seven rebounds and Arron Afflalo finished with 15 points and seven assists. Josh McRoberts logged a season-high 33 minutes off the bench, recording seven points and a season-high 14 rebounds.
Orlando outshot Boston from the field (45.6% to 44.8%), the 3-point line (42.3% to 38.9%), and the free throw line (89.5% to 78.9%), but was pounded in the paint. The Celtics scored 60 points in the paint compared to just 34 for the hosts and they also held a 51-42 rebounding edge. Boston turned the ball over 15 times, but forced the Magic into 19 turnovers.
The Celtics won the first quarter 28-22 and outscored Orlando 30-26 in the second frame. The Magic scored 34 points to Boston’s 22 in the third period, but allowed the visitors to outscore them 22-20 in the fourth and 14-8 in overtime.
“This is a great experience for us,” Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. “We had guys contribute off the bench. Josh (McRoberts) came in and played some great minutes for us in regulation and overtime. And it's a great sign to see guys wanting to play, waiting to play for each other, and contributing. So we'll put it all together.”
Orlando hosts San Antonio on Wednesday at 7:00 pm on FS Florida.
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