The Celtics hold off Magic to win it 91-89.
In the 1st quarter, a slow start to the game by both teams had it tied 4-4 with 9:00 left. Great ball movement by the Magic led to a 3 but then a quick fire 6-0 run put Boston on top 10-7 with 7:50 left. The Magic responded with an 8-0 blitz to lead 15-10 at the first timeout with 5:34 remaining. Out of timeout, the Magic continued the run and extended the lead to 19-10 with 4:29 left. Jordan Crawford stopped the ice cold streak with an offensive rebound and put back to make it 12-19 with a little over 3:00 left, The Celtics had not scored since 7:57 in the period, and Celtics trailed 24-17 at the end of the 1st. The Celtics only shot 7-27 (26%), the Magic shot 48%. Kelly Olynyk had 2 points, 5 rebounds (4 offensive).
To start the 2nd the Celtics went on a 6-3 run to cut the Magic lead to 4 with 10:17 remaining, before Orlando recouped the lead once more to 10 with a pair of free throws with 8:58 left. A 6-0 blast by Courtney Lee forced a Magic timeout with 6:08 left, 6 point Magic lead. Lee scored 9 of the last 11 Boston points to bring the Celtics within 5 with 4:37 left. Jeff Green scored his first basket which sparked a 6-0 Boston run that ended on the back of a massive slam by Green to make it a 3-point game with 2:22 left. Jordan Crawford converted an and 1 with 0.8 seconds left and made it 46-49 at the half, Celtics trail. The Magic had a lot of free throw attempts but missed 7 in the half. The Celtics ended the quarter on a 21-12 run as Courtney Lee made a big quarter scoring 11 of Boston’s 29 points on 4-6 shooting from the field and 3-4 from the line. Olynyk had 6 points with 6 rebounds (5 offensive).
The 3rd quarter started with more offensive rebounding for the Celtics but they could not finish at the rim, which did not help things while Orlando made theirs at the other end. The Celtics answered with an 8-0 blitz and took the lead 54-51 with 8:39 left. AB then knocked in a trey, then a lovely runner by J-Craw put the Celtics up 59-55 with 6:42 left. It went a bit quiet for a couple of minutes, going 61-56 with 4:28 left. Magic cut it back to 1 before another Jeff Green dunk followed by back to back layups by Sullinger had Boston in front 69-62 with 1:51 left, but the Magic responded with an and 1. The Celtics outscored the Magic 25-19 in the quarter to take a 68-71 lead into the last. Sullinger had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, Bass had 12 points and 5 rebounds.
The 4th started very slow, but the Celtics were the first to score through Courtney Lee to push the lead to 5 with 10:37 left. The Celtics extended it to 7 before the Magic went on a 7-0 run to tie it up with 7:31 left. Avery responded with a 3 point play to make it a 3 point game with 7 minutes left. With 5:53 left it was a 1 point Celtic lead. Avery Bradley made another 3 point play to make it 81-77 with 5:48 left. Nelson hit his second 3 of the quarter to make it a 2 point game with 3:28 left. Celtics responded and pushed the lead to 6 with 2:32 left. Avery Bradley fouled Afflalo on the 3 and he made the resulting free throw, a comeback 4 point play bringing things back to a 2 point game with 1:38 remaining. A wonderful play out of the timeout with Olynyk gave the Celtics a 4 point lead with under a minute left. Afflalo converted an and 1 to make it a 1 point game with 26 seconds in the game. Bass, once again took charge and knocked down 2 clutch free throws to give the Celtics a 3 point lead with 10 seconds left. Afflalo made a deep 2 to make it a one point game with 4.6 seconds remaining. Avery went 1 of 2 from the line, Oladipo missed a 3 and the Celtics hold off a late charge by the Magic to win it 89-91.
- The Celtics shot 36% from the field compared to the Magic’s 40% but took 12 more shots than them.
- Orlando missed 10 free throws, the Celtics only missed 5.
- Magic had 20 turnovers. The Celtics had 11.
- The Celtics grabbed 3 more offensive rebounds than the magic.
- Both teams shot a shocking 6-34 from 3 combined
- Brandon Bass finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds
- Avery Bradley had 14 points and 8 rebounds
- Jordan Crawford had 13 points and 5 assists
- Jared Sullinger finished with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
- Courtney Lee had 13 points on 5-9 shooting and 3-4 from FT (11 in the 2nd quarter)