Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
In a battle between Eastern Conference foes, the 14-31 Orlando Magic will travel to play the 22-23 Boston Celtics. This will be their second game of the season, as Boston took a 116-110 overtime victory on November 25, 2012.
This time around, the Celtics will be without Rajon Rondo and the Magic without Glen Davis.
Down their best players, the key to this game will be how each team reacts. For starters, Boston has won two in a row and Orlando hasn't tasted victory since January 16.
Check in tonight as B/R provides live coverage to Boston's push for .500 and Orlando's attempt at saving a lost season.
Keys to the Game
3. Overcoming Injuries
Entering the game, the Boston Celtics were set to be without Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger. Both were diagnosed with injuries that would force them to miss the remainder of the 2012-13 NBA regular season.
The news wasn't much better in Orlando.
Starting power forward and interior force Glen Davis is expected 8-to-12 weeks as he recovers from foot surgery. This is yet another disappointing twist in a rough season for the Magic of Orlando.
Many expected the team that was able to overcome injuries to win this game. They did.
2. A Battle in the Paint
If you thought this one was going to be decided by three-point shooting, you had good reason. After all, we were in store for a battle between the likes of J.J. Redick and Jason Terry.
The two sides combined for seven three-point field goals and 108 points in the paint.
Orlando scored 52 of their 84 points in the paint, consistently attacking the Celtics' undersized interior. Whether it was big men or perimeter players, the Magic found a way to score at will when around the basket.
As for Boston, they dropped 56 of their 97 points in the lane.
Jeff Green had a lot to do with this, as he scored 17 points and found his way into the paint for a trio of ferocious dunks. His teammates joined him in the interior affair, taking it to the Magic down low en route to a 13-point win.
This one was fought in the paint. Boston won by the slimmest of margins.
1. Boston's Resilliency
Anyone who tells you that this win was as dominant as the 97-84 score suggests is out of their mind. Whoever tells you that they weren't admirably resilient is equally as dishonest.
Boston scratched and clawed their way to a quality win.
Paul Pierce did his best Rajon Rondo impersonation, going off for 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Kevin Garnett added 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Courtney Lee tacked on 14 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Jeff Green's 17 points may have been the true shining point of this evening.
Jason Terry and Leandro Barbosa each added 12 points off of the bench as the Celtics displayed their extraordinary depth. This is exactly what Boston is going to need if they plan on making the playoffs.
Is this the start of something special in Boston or just a flash in the pan? Let's hope for the former.
Boston Celtics box score via NBA.com.
Orlando Magic box score via NBA.com.
As great as Kyle O'Quinn may have been, the Orlando Magic's comeback falls short.
The Boston Celtics win this one.
Boston Celtics 97, Orlando Magic 84 — End of the Game
I'm not making this up.
Kyle O'Quinn is making shot after shot. 11 fourth quarter points in six minutes.
Is Dwight Howard back in Orlando?
Boston Celtics 97, Orlando Magic 84 — 17.7 seconds remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Kyle O'Quinn again. This kid has been impressive in his limited minutes.
Boston Celtics 94, Orlando Magic 82 — 1:09 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Rookie Kyle O'Quinn is going to work and Boston's lead is down to 12. They should hold on for this W< but they're coming apart late.
Until Courtney Lee hit that jumper.
Boston Celtics 94, Orlando Magic 80 — 1:38 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
The Celtics and Magic are trading scores late. Orlando remains down 15, though, which suggests we're just about over.
Boston Celtics 92, Orlando Magic 77 — 2:38 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
E'Twaun Moore is taking over in the closing minutes and cutting a dominant lead to a comfortable one.
Boston Celtics 90, Orlando Magic 75 — 3:23 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Brandon Bass drops in the free throws and the Boston Celtics are in long minutes of garbage time. Fortunately, Doc Rivers' bench could start on most teams.
Jason Terry for three after a nice dunk by E'Twaun Moore.
Boston Celtics 90, Orlando Magic 71 — 4:07 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Jeff Green lays it in off glass once again and his point total is up to 13.
Between Green, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, the Celtics are dominating this one. Pierce is doing his best Rondo impersonation tonight.
14 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Boston Celtics 82, Orlando Magic 63 — 8:07 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Jeff Green drops in a lay-up, but he comes up favoring his wrist. Grimacing as he walks up the court but he stays in the game.
Kevin Garnett drops in a hook shot for an additional two.
Boston Celtics 76, Orlando Magic 59 — 11:10 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
The Orlando Magic were hot to start the quarter, going on a 14-7 run. The Boston Celtics were hot to close it out, going on a 15-5 run.
It's not about how you start, it's how you finish.
Boston Celtics 72, Orlando Magic 59 — End of the Third Quarter
It is mind-boggling how quick Leandro Barbosa is.
How far the Boston Celtics go in terms of the postseason is unclear. What is celar, however, is that Barbosa will be a key to it.
What a fake and finish by the Brazilian.
Boston Celtics 68, Orlando Magic 58 — 52.5 seconds remaining in the Third Quarter
Since that Jeff Green dunk, the Boston Celtics have two easy buckets and the Orlando Magic have committed nothing but turnovers.
Boston Celtics 66, Orlando Magic 56 — 1:58 remaining in the Third Quarter
Jeff Green just did what Jeff Green does. What a dunk.
The TD Garden finally has some life.
Boston Celtics 62, Orlando Magic 54 — 3:24 remaining in the Third Quarter
Jason Terry has one of the prettiest shooting strokes in NBA history.
Paul Pierce from mid-range and the Boston Celtics are back up five.
Boston Celtics 59, Orlando Magic 54 — 4:21 remaining in the Third Quarter
Brandon Bass muscles his way to two points with the offensive rebound and two-handed standing dunk. Powerful.
Former Celtic E'Twaun Moore heading to the line after drawing a foul on the other end.
Boston Celtics 57, Orlando Magic 53 — 5:04 remaining in the Third Quarter
J.J. Redick and Andrew Nicholson have stepped up with some big third quarter shots to cut this one to single-digits. Orlando has Boston on their heels.
Boston Celtics 55, Orlando Magic 49 — 5:54 remaining in the Third Quarter
The Orlando Magic are coming out firing, averaging more than two points per minute. Unfortunately, their defense hasn't been much better.
Boston Celtics 55, Orlando Magic 49 — 5:54 remaining in the Third Quarter
We head to the half with the Boston Celtics up 11.
Paul Pierce has five points, eight rebounds and four assists to do his best Rajon Rondo impression. Kevin Garnett has chipped in 10 points and five rebounds to compensate for Jared Sullinger's absence.
As for the Orlando Magic, they haven't looked so hot.
As a team, Orlando is shooting just 32.6 percent from the floor. They're 1-for-13 from beyond the arc, as well.
Nikola Vucevic finishes with a first half double-double at 11 points and 10 rebounds to provide a bright spot.
Boston Celtics 46, Orlando Magic 35 — Halftime
Brandon Bass misses the jump shot and Maurice Harkless with the throwdown. Harkless hangs his arm in the basket after the dunk.
Neither play received very many cheers.
Boston Celtics 45, Orlando Magic 35 — 38.5 seconds remaining in the Second Quarter
Jameer Nelson comes up limping after failing to stop a ferocious two-hand dunk by Jeff Green. Green shows no remorse in laying it in mere seconds later.
Boston Celtics 45, Orlando Magic 33 — 1:29 remaining in the Second Quarter
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