Not many have patience for the “give it time” message Brad Stevens and the Celtics organization has been sending out all season. Perhaps it’s just a way of deflecting early criticism, or maybe Stevens is actually on to something.
Six players hit double-digits in the scoring column, The C’s limited turnovers, and Boston went on to beat the Orlando Magic 91-89 en route to its first road victory of the season.
Don’t look now, but the Celtics have won two games in a row.
Brandon Bass played a team-high 37 minutes, and netted 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Avery Bradley has 14 points to contribute, and surprisingly had a team-high eight rebounds, as well.
Courtney Lee and Jordan Crawford each had 13, Jared Sullinger had 11, and Jeff Green had 10 points – rounding out the C’s who finished with 10 or more.
Eight of Green’s 10 points came via dunk, including a ferocious slam over Nikola Vucevic that got twitter buzzing. His aggressiveness set the pace for Boston, who used scrappy defense and physicality to trump the Magic.
Crawford started for the second night in a row, and led the team with five assists. That means Gerald Wallace came off of the bench once again, and only had two points in 20 minutes of play.
Aaron Afflola led the Magic with 23 points on 8-of-15 from the field.
The Celtics won the turnover battle by a margin of nine, the best effort they have turned into all season.
Boston also went 21-for26 from the free throw line.
With the win the Celtics are 2-4 on the season, while Orlando falls to 3-3. Boston travels to Miami for a 7:30 tip-off with the Heat tomorrow night (Saturday).