Orlando Magic Eliminate 10-Game Slide by Beating Boston
The Orlando Magic ended their season-worst 10-game losing streak by defeating the Boston Celtics 93-91 in front of a raucous 17,548 Amway Center spectators on ‘India Day’. Jameer Nelson would miss a 3-pointer with 10.1 seconds remaining on the clock, but Tobias Harris earned a foul in the rebound scramble. ‘T12′ drilled both free throws and the Magic led 93-91. Orlando won the contest with their defense as Tobias Harris denied Jeff Green a right side drive to the rim, and the Magic’s help defense would panic Avery Bradley into not even being able to attempt a shot at the end. Orlando held Boston to only 36.7 FG% on the night.
Arron Afflalo posted an outstanding 20 points, a career-high tying 13 rebounds, and 6 assists to earn his first double-double in a Magic uniform. Glen Davis finished with 17 points, eleven of which came in the crucial 4th quarter. Tobias Harris continues his streak of efficiency by tallying 18 points and 7 rebounds. Jameer Nelson finished with his fourth double-double of the season, notching 16 points and 10 assists. Kyle O’Quinn managed 10 points and 9 rebounds off the bench, just one board shy of his first double-double of the season. The Magic survived despite 22 points from Jeff Green as well as 18 points and 12 rebounds out of Kris Humphries.
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- The Magic entered Sunday evening 0-12 this season without the services of Nikola Vucevic.
- Orlando also came into the game having lost 10 consecutive contests to the Celtics. Last regular season victory coming December 25, 2010.
- Tonight was Jameer Nelson’s 621st career game in a Magic uniform, tying him with Dwight Howard for 2nd place all-time on the franchise list. Nick Anderson is 1st at 692 games played.
- Orlando trailed 12-20 before Arron Afflalo caused Jeff Green to slip and fall with a hard thud. Green after a minute on the parquet floor got up on his own and went to the locker room. Green was back on the bench not long after.
- Late in the first period Arron Afflalo was bleeding from his arm. A short locker room trip later and he was back on Jacque Vaughn’s bench.
- Orlando trailed after one period of action, 26-18. Magic only shot 33.3FG% while Boston managed fifty percent.
- A rampant 7-0 run in the first two minutes of the 2nd period found Orlando within 1 as Kyle O’Quinn and Arron Afflalo were carrying the offense.
- With no Nik Vucevic or Ronnie Price, it was odd witnessing Coach Vaughn utilizing a 7-man rotation. E’Twaun Moore and Kyle O’Quinn were the only bench guys used in the entire game.
- Orlando actually finished the first half strong and led 53-46 at the break with Arron Afflalo, Jameer Nelson, and Kyle O’Quinn all coming quite close to tallying first half double-doubles. Tobias Harris and Afflalo led the Magic in those initial twenty-four minutes with 10 points each.
- Orlando was 15-of-16 at the free throw line while Boston was only 3-of-3 at the charity stripe.
- Midway through the 3rd period, Afflalo was sitting on 12 points and 10 rebounds. It’s his first double-double in a Magic uniform, and sixth in his career. The previous 5 came with Denver.
- Jerryd Bayless sprained his right toe in the 3rd quarter and didn’t return. Finished with 4 points.
- The Celtics went on a 13-0 run and held a 61-57 advantage. Orlando didn’t notch a point from the 9:31 mark until Tobias Harris got an And-1 opportunity with 2:53 left in the third quarter.
- Orlando led 66-64 entering the 4th period with Boston shooting 37.7 FG%. Orlando at 40.4%.
- It was a seesaw battle of a second half with Orlando up 78-77 at the 6–minute mark before Rajon Rondo, who was on a 20-minute limit, checked back in to try and decide the contest.
- Rajon Rondo rolled off a screen and drilled an 18-footer from the left elbow to put Boston up 89-87 with 1:16 remaining in the contest. However, Rajon only finished with 6 pointts, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.
- Out of the Jacque Vaughn timeout, Arron Afflalo answered with a nifty lay-up drive to tie the game with one minute to go.
- Following a defensive stop, Jameer Nelson drilled two free throws and had the Magic ahead 91-89 with 35.3 seconds on the clock.
- Celtics Coach Brad Stevens responded with a creative inbound feed play for Jeff Green that resulted in an And-1. From there, Green missed the free throw and Orlando had an opportunity to break the 91-91 deadlock with 30.7 seconds showing.
The 11-30 Orlando Magic begin the second 41-game session of their season now as they travel to Brooklyn to take on the Nets on Tuesday.
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