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Orlando Magic lose sloppily at home to Celtics

2013 November 8
by Brian Serra
ETwaun Moore - Celtics

E’Twaun Moore drives to the rim against the Boston Celtics and Brandon Bass

On a night when nothing was going right for the Orlando Magic, they managed to keep it close enough against the Boston Celtics to give themselves a shot to win the game at the end. Trailing 90-87 with 4.5 seconds left, Arron Afflalo appeared to hit a game tying three-pointer before a replay showed he had both feet on the line. After a made free throw and hectic half-court shot attempt by Orlando, the Magic ultimately fell by a score of 91-89.

The Magic came out sharp early, attacking on Jameer Nelson/Nik Vucevic pick and rolls and utilizing Vuc as the focal point of the offense, and led 29-24 after the first quarter. Nik Vucevic had 12 first quarter points but would score just two points for the rest of the game. He finished the night with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

After the first quarter, the wheels fell off. A combination of pesky Boston defense and poor Orlando offense was the perfect formula to end Orlando’s 3-game winning streak.

  • 20 Orlando Magic turnovers, compared to just 11 for Boston
  • 4-20 on three point attempts. Yes, you are correct that shooting 20% from deep is bad.
  • 66% from the free throw line on 29 attempts. Boston shot 81% on 26 attempts.

Despite the negative body language, poor shooting and general lack of unified play, Orlando can still take some solace in the fact that they had a chance to win the game. A game in which they had absolutely no business being in.

Arron Afflalo led the Magic in scoring with 23 points. Vucevic’s 14 was second and Jameer Nelson had 12 points, 7 assists and 7 turnovers on 4-15 shooting. Victor Oladipo failed to score in double figures for the first time this season after scoring just nine points on 3-12 shooting.

Avery Bradley once again caused havoc to both Nelson and Oladipo who combined for 10 turnovers as they were hounded up the floor all night. While Magic played decent enough defense to hold Boston to 36% shooting on the night, they too often were caught napping on back screens (looking at you Moe Harkless) or giving up second chance points.

The first home loss of the season drops the Magic to a record of 3-3. The Boston Celtics, without Rajon Rondo, are now 2-4. Orlando is back in action tomorrow night in Atlanta with tip-off set for 7:30 EST.

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