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Sunday, 19 January 2014 23:11

Game #42 Recap: Boston Celtics Fall Against Orlando Magic, 93-91

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Orlando Magic 93, Boston Celtics 91 The Celtics headed to Orlando to face the Magic after a close three-point loss against the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night in Boston. The Celtics started well tonight, making three of their first five shots. Boston went on an early 14-2 run against Orlando, giving Boston a ten-point first quarter lead (16-6). Boston continued to pace themselves against Orlando, making two shots for every one Orlando shot. Kyle O'Quinn stepped up for Orlando at the bottom of the quarter, making the Magic's last seven points of the quarter. O'Quinn's help wasn't enough for the Magic to overcome the Celtics though, Boston worked up an eight point lead (26-18) heading into the second quarter. The Magic had a surge of offense early in the second quarter, going on a 7-0 run against the Celtics, cutting the Celtics' lead to one point (26-25). Orlando's run was capped off by a three-pointer by Celtics' rookie Kelly Olynyk. Orlando tied the game up three times mid second quarter before going up one point against the Celtics (34-33) with a three-point play by Victor Oladipo on a foul against Olynyk. Following a pullup jumper by Avery Bradley, the game saw four consecutive lead changes until another foul on Olynyk put Magic's Jameer Nelson on the free throw line for two. Nelson hit both, putting Orlando up by three (40-37). A tip-in by Kris Humphries followed by an oop from Rajon Rondo for Jeff Green put Boston up by one (41-40). Boston's lead was short lived, however. Two free throws from Oladipo off of a Bradley foul put Orlando back up by one (42-41), spurring a 6-0 Orlando run, leaving Boston down by five (46-41). Another run by Orlando (7-2) late in the second quarter put the Magic up by seven (53-46) heading into halftime as the Magic outscored the Celtics 35-20 in the quarter.  Orlando made their first shot to start the third quarter while the Celtics missed their first four shots.Boston's luck turned around mid third quarter as they went on a 13-0 run against the Magic, putting them up by four (61-57), giving the Celtics their first lead since the second quarter. A made free throw by Orlando's Tobias Harris on a three-point play following a foul on Kris Humphries, followed by a Nelson free throw and pullup jumper once again gave Orlando a two-point lead (63-61). This was just the first of three lead changes in the final two minutes of the second quarter. The lead switching continued in the second quarter. Avery Bradley hit two free throws to tie the game at 66-66, followed by a free throw by O'Quinn which put Orlando up by one (67-66). Boston did not start the quarter well at all, missing all of their first five field goal attempts, accompanied by two turnovers in the first two minutes of the quarter. The bad luck did not last long though, four quick free throws put Boston on top by one point (70-69).  Orlando tied the game up at 72 with a three-pointer from Arron Afflalo and once again at 74 with a Harris free throw and again at 77 with a Glenn Davis free throw but they were unable to take the lead until an Afflalo free throw put Orlando up one (78-77).   The lead once again changed with a Rondo Jumper, giving Boston a one-point lead (79-78), followed by a Davis dunk, giving Orlando a one-point lead (80-79).   Boston tied the game up twice late in the quarter, then a Rondo jumper gave Boston a two-point lead (89-87) followed by an Afflalo driving layup, which tied the game once again at 89.   Two made free throws by Nelson put Orlando up by two (91-89) with 35 seconds left in the game. Then, a Jeff Green layup tied the game at 91. Fouled on the shot, Green had a chance to give Boston the lead but missed the free throw. Orlando rebounded the ball and took a timeout with 30 seconds left on the game clock.    A loose ball foul against Humpries put Harris at the line for two. Harris made both free throws, putting Orlando up by two (93-91).   Boston took a timeout but was unable to convert in the final seconds and lost tonight by two points with a final score of 93-91.   Arron Afflalo and Tobias Harris lead Orlando tonight, Afflalo with 20 and Harris with 18 while Jeff Green, Kris Humphries, and Avery Bradley led Boston, Green with 22 and Humphries and Bradley each with 18 points.   The Celtics have one day off before facing the Heat Tuesday night in Miami.