NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Boston 19 32 26 26 103
Orlando 19 22 31 33 105
4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 PM CTNaN:� , January 12, 2019
Amway Center, Orlando, Florida  Attendance: 18,846

Road-weary Magic reeling as Celtics hit Orlando

According to STATS
According to STATS

Boston Celtics at Orlando Magic

  1. The Celtics suffered their worst loss of the season on Thursday, falling to the Heat, 115-99. Prior to that game, Boston had scored over 100 points in 24 consecutive games, the longest such streak by any team in the NBA this season.
  2. The Magic have been outscored by an average of 14.0 points during their current four-game losing streak, getting outscored, 57.5-35.5, on average in the paint. Orlando has allowed at least 50 points in the paint in each of its last seven games.
  3. Orlando has won two of its last three games against Boston, including a 93-90 victory in October. The Magic have held the Celtics to fewer than 100 points in each of those three games, limiting Boston to 40.7 percent shooting overall, and 28.0 percent from three-point range.
  4. Kyrie Irving has shot 50.0 percent or better from the field in eight consecutive games, the longest such streak of his career. Irving has shot better than 50.0 percent in each of his last three games against Orlando, averaging 30.7 points and shooting 57.9 percent from the field.
  5. Aaron Gordon has scored fewer than 20 points in six straight games, with Orlando losing five of the six. Overall this season, in games in which Gordon plays, the Magic are 7-2 (.778) when he scores at least 20 points, and 9-21 (.300) when he fails to reach that mark.
  6. Marcus Smart has made at least four three-pointers in three of his last four games, and his 13 three-pointers over that time are the most he has ever made over any four-game span. However, throughout his career, the Celtics are just 5-17 (.227) when Smart makes at least four three-pointers -- that is the worst team record by any active player when making at least four three-pointers (min. 20 games).

The Orlando Magic are on their third four-game losing streak of the season. Bouncing back from this one won't be easy.

They recovered from an early season four-game skid to win at San Antonio to start a 7-2 run over nine games. Orlando later shook off a December slide by beating powerful Toronto, and then Detroit, at home.

The Magic (17-24) hope their home court helps again as they host the Boston Celtics on Saturday after a 1-5 road trip ended with losses to Minnesota, the Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento and Utah. After playing Boston, Orlando wraps up a back-to-back home set with surging Houston stopping by on Sunday.

"The bottom line is we have to get better play from more people. The nights that we do, we're fine, but that's every team in this league," said coach Steve Clifford.

"The easy thing is when we say, 'We can beat the best teams.' Well, every team can beat the best teams, but that's not what the NBA is about. The NBA is about being able to beat a really good team on Friday and come back and beat another good team on Sunday. That shows the talent and depth that you have."

Boston (25-16) is coming off Thursday's 115-99 loss at Miami that snapped a four-game winning streak. Point guard Kyrie Irving wasn't satisfied with scoring a team-best 22 points on 10-of-19 shooting, so he went right to Miami's practice court after the game for a workout.

"That's my job, right? It's always good to get some work. It was a tough loss. They shot extremely well and did some great things. You have to give credit to the Heat and the way they came prepared. They made some big shots," Irving said.

"I just wanted to get some extra shots and feel good going into the next game. ... It was good to see my shot go in a little bit. It was therapeutic."

Irving leads Boston with a 22.6 scoring average, followed by forwards Jayson Tatum (16.2) and forward Marcus Morris (15.5). On Wednesday, the Celtics had their highest-scoring game of the season in a 135-108 rout of the Indiana Pacers.

While offense isn't usually Boston's problem, it is for the Magic. Orlando failed to hit triple digits in each of the past three games and ranked 27th in the league in scoring after Thursday night's games, averaging 103.0 points.

Center Nikola Vucevic is having the most productive season of his eight-year career, averaging 20.2 points and 9.4 rebounds.

While Orlando is seven games under .500, having 17 victories at the halfway point of its season is still a five-win improvement over this time last season. And they are very much in the playoff chase, with only five Eastern Conference teams being above .500.

"A lot of stuff can still happen," guard Evan Fournier said. "It's going to feel good to be back in Orlando. The biggest thing, we just have to figure out when we have a lead, we have to keep it."

Orlando coughed up a 21-point first-half lead in a 106-93 loss to the Jazz on Wednesday night. Rookie center Mo Bamba (6.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg) didn't play in the game because of a sore foot and isn't likely to play in either game this weekend, Clifford said Friday.

Orlando won 93-90 in Boston on Oct. 22, although the Celtics have won seven of the past nine games in the series.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 11, 2019

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