Magic and Oladipo Stop Celtics 110-91


From the Associated Press:

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Victor Oladipo scored 19 points and Nik Vucevic added 18 points and 10 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic beat the Boston Celtics 110-91 on Sunday night for their third straight victory.

Tobias Harris had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic. Andrew Nicholson added 14 points and eight rebounds and Aaron Gordon had 12 points.

Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 20 points and seven assists. Avery Bradley had 17 points and Jae Crowder had 12. The Celtics were 5 of 27 (18.5 percent) on 3-pointers in the game.

The Magic reserves took control in the second and third quarters, helping Orlando outscore Boston 63-47 during that time to take an 84-67 lead into the fourth. Oladipo and Nicholson combined for 25 points, 10 rebounds and four assists during that run.

Oladipo played his third straight game as a reserve and had eight rebounds and six assists. The Orlando bench outscored Boston’s 56-31.

The Celtics got within 12 points twice in the last 5 minutes behind seven straight points from Thomas but never got closer.

Boston played the first of a five-game road trip and was lethargic in getting to Magic shooters and even slower going after misses. The Celtics were outrebounded 54-34, and the Magic used 17 offensive rebounds to record 26 second-chance points to just 11 for Boston.

Both teams stumbled out of the gate, combining for 14 turnovers and 0-for-10 shooting on 3-pointers in the first quarter.

Orlando righted the ship faster in the second period, shooting 58.3 percent (14 of 24) and hitting four 3-pointers to take a 53-45 halftime advantage. Nicholson had a pair of threes and 10 points at halftime.


Celtics: Boston leads the NBA in opponent turnovers, forcing 19.5 per game. … Boston is 0-7 when opponents score 100 or more points. … PG Marcus Smart missed his fifth straight game with a calf injury.

Magic: The Magic are 9-6 in November, the first winning month for the team since March of 2012. … The bench combined to hit 21 of 36 shots (58.3 percent). … Orlando has not won four in a row this season. … Magic PG Elfrid Payton is shooting 74.4 percent (29 for 39) from the free-throw line this season after shooting 55.1 percent last season (118 for 214).

Up Next: Boston is at Miami on Monday night. The Magic begin a 10-day trip in Minnesota on Tuesday night.

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