May 22, 2018
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Orlando beats Celtics, snaps 10-game losing streak

By Tim Povtak, The Sports Xchange

ORLANDO, Fla. — Guard Arron Afflalo had 20 points and 13 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic snap a 10-game losing streak by beating the Boston Celtics 93-91 Sunday night.

Magic center Glen Davis had 17 points, including nine in the final seven minutes, to spark the win. Forward Tobias Harris had 18 points and hit a pair of free throws with 10 seconds remaining to provide the margin of victory.

Guard Jeff Green led the Celtics with 22 points. Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, in just his second game after returning from knee surgery, had six points and six assists in 21 minutes.

The Celtics made 22-of-24 free throws, including 13-of-14 in a tight fourth quarter. The game was tied nine times in the final 12 minutes, and neither team led by more than three.

The Celtics scored 13 consecutive points in the third period — eight from forward Kris Humphries — and turned a nine-point deficit into a three-point lead they failed to hold. The Magic scored only 13 points in the third quarter, but still took a 66-64 lead into the fourth.

The Magic led 53-46 at halftime, riding a 35-point second quarter and a solid start from Afflalo, who had 10 points and nine rebounds before intermission. Harris had eight points in that second quarter when the Magic made 12-of-13 free throws.

The Celtics led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter when the Magic missed seven consecutive shots.

The Celtics got a scare midway in the first quarter when Green hit the floor awkwardly trying to guard Afflalo. Green was writhing in pain and clutching his right knee. Although he was helped to the sideline and then to the locker room, he returned midway in the second quarter and looked fine. Near the end of the period, he grabbed an alley-oop pass from Rondo and dunked.

The Celtics lost reserve guard Jerryd Bayless early in the third quarter with a right big toe strain. He left with four points in seven minutes.

NOTES: Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Sunday before the game that he will continue to restrict PG Rajon Rondo to just 20 minutes per game, and no more than five minutes in a quarter. Sunday was just Rondo’s second game this season after recovering from knee surgery almost a year ago. He played 19:25 minutes in his first game back on Friday. … Stevens, before the game, was raving about Magic rookie SG Victor Oladipo. Stevens saw him up close when he worked at Butler University and Oladipo played at Indiana. “His work ethic is off the charts,” he said. “He’s got an extra gear that a lot don’t have. When you talk about guys in the draft, there are guys who are sure things. To me, he was a sure thing.” … Magic C Nikola Vucevic missed his seventh consecutive game recovering from his second concussion within the last year. The Magic went into Sunday night with an 0-12 record in games without Vucevic in the lineup. … Celtics came into the night having beaten the Magic 10 consecutive games.


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