By JIMMY GOLENAP Sports activities Author
BOSTON (AP) – At the same time as they received 16 video games in a row, the Boston Celtics did not make it straightforward on themselves.
A 16-point deficit in opposition to Atlanta. Down 13 within the fourth to Dallas. Double-digit deficits in three straight video games, in actual fact, that Boston erased en path to the fourth-longest profitable streak in franchise historical past.
The Celtics knew they could not proceed to depend on comebacks, and Friday evening they did not want one after opening with a blistering first quarter and coasting to a 118-103 victory over the Orlando Magic.
“Our guys got here out centered, able to play,” stated Al Horford, who had seven of his profession high-tying 10 assists within the first quarter. “We lastly obtained a (first) half going. That first half was the important thing for us profitable that recreation.”
One recreation after snapping their 16-game dropping streak, the Celtics despatched the Magic to their seventh straight loss. Kyrie Irving had 17 of his 30 factors earlier than halftime as Boston scored 40 factors within the first quarter and 73 by the half to rebound from its first loss in additional than a month.
Nonetheless carrying a masks after breaking a bone in his face on Nov. 10, Irving was 9 for 15 from the ground and sank all 10 of his free throw makes an attempt, many with the sold-out crowd chanting “M-V-P!”
Jalen Brown scored 10 factors within the first quarter, when Boston opened a 14-point lead. Aron Baynes completed with 13 factors and 11 rebounds – his first double-double with the Celtics – and Terry Rozier had a career-high 23 factors.
Jonathon Simmons scored 14 factors and Nikola Vucevic had 12 factors and 11 rebounds for Orlando. Aaron Gordon, who was 2 for 10 from the sector, stated the Magic did not play like they had been keen to finish their slide.
“We performed prefer it was simply one other recreation,” he stated. “We did not play like they had been the primary within the East and we’re on a dropping streak.”
Orlando scored the primary 4 factors of the sport and trailed by simply 4 with lower than 4 minutes left within the first earlier than Boston scored 16 of the subsequent 20 factors to take a 40-24 lead. Main 42-30 early within the second, the Celtics went on an 11-2 run and later obtained back-to-back Three-pointers from Rozier to open a 28-point lead.
“We’re not adequate defensively proper now,” Magic coach Frank Vogel stated. “And Boston was clicking on all cylinders.”
Rozier stated he wasn’t maintaining monitor of his profession excessive, and he definitely did not appear on the verge of a breakout after scoring 22 factors in his earlier 5 video games mixed.
“I am not good,” he stated. “I’ll have powerful video games. (However) I am going to have video games like this.”
Trailing 99-69 after three, the Magic outscored Boston 34-19 within the fourth quarter, when 4 of the 5 Celtics starters remained on the bench.
Vogel was unimpressed.
“You are speaking about rubbish time,” he stated.
Magic: Guard Shelvin Mack performed for Celtics coach Brad Stevens at Butler. … The Magic have misplaced 14 in a row in Boston.
Celtics: The Celtics wore their black jerseys for the primary time this season. Marcus Morris obtained the beginning, which implies he’s prone to sit out Saturday evening’s recreation in opposition to the Pacers. He didn’t play within the Celtics’ different back-to-back video games this season. … Stevens picked up a technical foul early within the fourth quarter for arguing a foul name; Arron Afflalo missed the shot, bringing a smile from the coach. … Shane Larkin didn’t play after falling arduous to the ground and sustaining a “whiplash-like” damage in opposition to Miami.
Magic: At Philadelphia on Saturday evening.
Celtics: At Indiana on Saturday evening.
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