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Magic takes 12th loss in 13 games

Magic center Nikola Vucevic drives against Celtics center Jared Sullinger in the second quarter of Boston’s 19-point victory.

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Magic center Nikola Vucevic drives against Celtics center Jared Sullinger in the second quarter of Boston’s 19-point victory.

BOSTON — The Magic needed a win Friday night.

Orlando entered its game against the Celtics on a seven-game losing streak and had lost 11 of 12.

The Magic should have played like a desperate team.

Instead, the Celtics brought more energy to TD Garden.

The end result wasn't surprising: The Celtics rolled past the Magic 113-94.

A sequence at the close of the third quarter exemplified the Magic's approach. Tobias Harris made a 3-pointer to cut Boston's lead to 84-77 with 5.6 seconds left in the quarter. The Celtics inbounded the ball to Evan Turner, who dribbled forward, spun past Mario Hezonja and tried a floater from 15 feet without Harris contesting the shot.

When the ball sailed through the hoop, Magic big man Jason Smith drooped his head.

The game was full of deflating moments like that for Orlando, but Turner's basket seemed to demoralize the Magic. The Celtics opened the fourth on a 22-4 run to turn the game into a rout.

Coach Scott Skiles called a timeout with 7:03 to go and subbed out his starting five of Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo, Harris, Aaron Gordon and Nik Vucevic and replaced them with Keith Appling, Shabazz Napier, Hezonja, Andrew Nicholson and Dewayne Dedmon.

The Celtics made 50 percent of their shots, and seven of their players scored in double figures.

The Magic had trouble generating rhythm with the offense throughout the first quarter. The Celtics, who entered second in the NBA in steals per game, disrupted the Magic with their energy.

Orlando shot 8-of-23 in the first quarter. But the Magic started to chip away. Vucevic made two driving left-handed layups to cut Boston's lead to nine points. With 5.9 seconds left in the half, Vucevic drew a foul on Amir Johnson, and Vucevic made both his free throws to pull Orlando within 56-50.

But Isaiah Thomas, named an Eastern Conference All-Star on Thursday, received the inbounds pass, sped upcourt and scored on a driving layup as he encountered no resistance. It took Thomas just 4.8 seconds to score.

Hornets: Small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist returned four months removed from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Charlotte coach Steve Clifford planned to start Kidd-Gilchrist in late Friday's game at Portland. He was injured in the team's first preseason game, Oct. 3 at Orlando.

Game highlights: Carmelo Anthony had 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in his return from a two-game absence, and the Knicks snapped a four-game skid with a 102-84 victory over the Suns, handing Phoenix its 13th straight road defeat. … Kevin Love scored 19 of his 29 in the first half and Kyrie Irving scored 28 as the visiting Cavaliers topped the Pistons 114-106.

Around the league: The Suns signed Development League player Jordan McRae to a 10-day contract. McRae set a D-League record Tuesday with 61 points for Delaware in a 130-123 overtime victory over Canton.

Celtics 113, Magic 94

ORLANDO (94): Harris 3-12 2-2 10, Gordon 3-9 4-4 12, Vucevic 4-11 6-6 14, Payton 6-11 0-0 12, Oladipo 2-6 7-9 11, Fournier 3-7 2-4 8, Frye 1-1 0-0 2, Napier 5-8 0-2 13, Hezonja 1-2 0-0 2, Smith 3-6 0-0 6, Dedmon 1-2 0-0 2, Appling 0-1 0-0 0, Nicholson 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 32-79 23-29 94.

BOSTON (113): Crowder 6-11 0-0 15, Johnson 2-3 1-2 5, Sullinger 5-10 1-1 11, Thomas 5-14 4-4 14, Bradley 3-9 0-0 6, Turner 5-7 5-5 15, Smart 5-9 3-5 16, Olynyk 7-12 1-2 16, Jerebko 4-4 2-2 13, Young 0-2 0-0 0, Zeller 1-4 0-0 2, Hunter 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 43-86 17-21 113.

Orlando 22 28 27 17— 94

Boston 26 32 28 27— 113

3sOrlando 7-20 (Napier 3-6, Harris 2-4, Gordon 2-4, Nicholson 0-1, Appling 0-1, Fournier 0-2, Oladipo 0-2), Boston 10-24 (Jerebko 3-3, Smart 3-5, Crowder 3-6, Olynyk 1-2, Hunter 0-1, Thomas 0-3, Bradley 0-4). ReboundsOrlando 48 (Gordon 9), Boston 52 (Sullinger 11). AssistsOrlando 17 (Vucevic 4), Boston 28 (Turner, Thomas 8). FoulsOrlando 18, Boston 20. A17,729 (18,624).

Knicks 102, Suns 84

PHOENIX (84): Len 3-5 0-1 6, Tucker 4-8 1-2 9, Chandler 1-2 0-0 2, Goodwin 3-15 0-0 6, Booker 8-15 2-3 21, Weems 2-3 0-0 6, Teletovic 2-7 0-0 4, McRae 4-9 3-4 12, Warren 5-9 1-2 12, Morris 3-9 0-0 6, Leuer 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 35-85 7-12 84.

NEW YORK (102): Anthony 5-14 7-7 19, Porzingis 3-8 1-2 7, Lopez 5-8 3-4 13, Galloway 4-9 1-2 11, Afflalo 6-13 3-3 17, Grant 2-7 0-0 4, Thomas 3-4 2-2 8, Amundson 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 2-6 6-6 10, Vujacic 3-9 0-0 7, O'Quinn 2-5 0-0 4, Antetokounmpo 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 36-84 23-26 102.

Phoenix 16 24 21 23— 84

New York 26 32 27 17— 102

3sPhoenix 7-26 (Booker 3-6, Weems 2-3, McRae 1-2, Warren 1-2, Tucker 0-1, Leuer 0-1, Goodwin 0-3, Morris 0-3, Teletovic 0-5), New York 7-20 (Anthony 2-3, Galloway 2-5, Afflalo 2-6, Vujacic 1-3, Williams 0-1, Porzingis 0-1, O'Quinn 0-1). ReboundsPhoenix 50 (Chandler 12), New York 56 (Anthony 10). AssistsPhoenix 20 (McRae, Tucker 4), New York 24 (Anthony 8). FoulsPhoenix 19, New York 18. TechnicalsGoodwin. A19,812 (19,763).

Cavaliers 114, Pistons 106

CLEVELAND (114): James 7-16 6-7 20, Love 9-19 6-6 29, Thompson 3-5 5-5 11, Irving 11-19 6-7 28, Smith 2-10 0-0 6, Mozgov 5-6 2-2 12, Dellavedova 1-4 2-2 5, Shumpert 1-2 0-0 3, Jefferson 0-2 0-0 0, Cunningham 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-83 27-29 114.

DETROIT (106): Morris 4-10 5-5 14, Ilyasova 4-10 2-2 11, Drummond 9-14 2-8 20, Jackson 6-16 3-3 15, Caldwell-Pope 7-15 3-3 19, Tolliver 2-5 2-2 8, Johnson 6-10 2-3 15, Jennings 0-2 0-0 0, Baynes 2-2 0-0 4, Anthony 0-0 0-0 0, Hilliard 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-84 19-26 106.

Cleveland 33 33 30 18— 114

Detroit 27 31 20 28— 106

3sCleveland 9-23 (Love 5-7, Smith 2-6, Dellavedova 1-1, Shumpert 1-2, James 0-2, Jefferson 0-2, Irving 0-3), Detroit 7-23 (Caldwell-Pope 2-4, Tolliver 2-5, Johnson 1-1, Ilyasova 1-4, Morris 1-4, Jennings 0-2, Jackson 0-3). ReboundsCleveland 54 (Thompson 14), Detroit 43 (Drummond 8). AssistsCleveland 20 (James 8), Detroit 20 (Jackson 6). FoulsCleveland 25, Detroit 24. TechnicalsCleveland defensive three second, Detroit defensive three second. A21,012 (22,076).

Magic takes 12th loss in 13 games 01/29/16 [Last modified: Friday, January 29, 2016 10:37pm]
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