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New focus helps Magic end skid

Maybe life without Grant Hill won't be so bad for the Magic.

Pat Garrity hit a tiebreaking three-pointer with 50 seconds left Saturday and John Amaechi scored 23 as Orlando snapped a five-game skid in Boston by beating the Celtics 95-90.

"Now that we know what our team will be the rest of the season we can play accordingly," coach Doc Rivers said.

Last week, the Magic learned that Hill would miss the rest of the season to undergo surgery on his left ankle. Orlando's last win in Boston was 107-96 on Nov. 2, 1997.

Garrity's shot broke a tie at 90 and Michael Doleac hit two free throws to ice it for Orlando. Tracy McGrady added 19 points and seven rebounds.

Antoine Walker led Boston with 26 points and 12 rebounds, Paul Pierce added 15 points and Chris Carr had 14.

"It's coming down to the last few minutes and we are making key mistakes," Pierce said.

Orlando committed three technical fouls in the first half, one on illegal defense and two on Darrell Armstrong who was ejected after arguing a call with 3:55 left. Garrity got a technical in the second half.

"I was talking to my teammate and the next thing I knew (referee Jess) Kersey came over and said, "You're out of here,' " Armstrong said. "I was cursing but I was talking to Drew (Andrew DeClerq)."

Boston went on a 16-2 run late in the second quarter and early in the third to take a 54-50 lead on a three-pointer by Pierce and a three-point play by Kenny Anderson.

But the Magic answered with a 15-0 run capped by Mike Miller's three-pointer with 5:33 left in the third quarter.

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