Two nights after a hectic double-overtime loss, the injury-riddled Boston Celtics certainly were in need of a much more mellow contest.
They got just that, soundly defeating the Orlando Magic 92-83 Friday night at Amway Center.
Boston trailed just once in the victory, making pretty easy work of the Magic for the majority of the game. The C’s had five scorers in double figures, with Terry Rozier and Greg Monroe leading the way with 17 points apiece.
Shelvin Mack led the Magic with 16 points.
The Celtics climb to 47-22 with the win, while the Magic fall to 21-49.
Here’s how it all went down:
PG: Terry Rozier
SG: Jayson Tatum
SF: Marcus Morris
PF: Al Horford
C: Aron Baynes
Horford made his return to the floor after missing the previous two games with an illness. The big man dropped 15 points on 6-for-18 shooting, also grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out three assists in his 31 minutes of work.
Both teams were pretty stagnant on offense to begin the game, combining to shoot 16-for-47 from the field as the Celtics led 25-16 after one. Since neither team could build much momentum on offense, the biggest run of the game was the C’s early 6-0 run.
Morris led all scorers with seven points in the frame.
C’S HEAT UP
After a quiet first quarter, the C’s came out firing in the second, going on a quick 6-0 run over the first 1:58 to build their advantage to 15 points, forcing Orlando into a timeout. On the other side of the stoppage, the Magic answered with a 9-0 run over 2:30 to cut the lead to six with 6:26 to play.
From there, both teams proceeded to each put together small runs, with the Celtics ultimately entering the break ahead 48-31.
Shane Larkin led all scorers with 10 points in the first half.
The third quarter started off quiet but heated up quickly for the Celtics, who outscored the Magic 27-21 in the frame, taking a 75-52 lead into the final 12 minutes.
After a back-and-forth first few minutes, the Celtics went on an 8-0 run, putting them up 60-36 with 6:29 remaining. The Magic pulled back within 14, but Boston finished the final two minutes of the stanza on a 7-0 run.
Monroe was a horse in the paint, dropping 10 points in the third.
SEALING THE DEAL
While it was very clear the Celtics were in control, the Magic never really went away in the fourth quarter, actually outscoring Boston 31-17.
Orlando opened the first 3:50 of the frame on an 11-2 run, chipping away at Boston’s lead. They proceeded to continue cutting into the advantage, actually making it a bit of a game toward the end. The Magic trimmed the Celtics’ edge to just nine points, despite entering the quarter down by 23.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Somebody had their “Naderade” this evening.
The Celtics will fly to the Big Easy for a Sunday evening game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Tip from Smoothie King Center is set for 6 p.m. ET.
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