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Magic takes advantage of Knicks minus Porzingis

ORLANDO — Nikola Vucevic scored 24 and Evan Fournier added 23 to help the Magic beat the Knicks 112-99 Wednesday.

Jonathon Simmons scored 15 of his 16 in the second half. He had 11 straight points early in the fourth to push Orlando's lead back to double figures.

The Magic, benefiting from the return of starting point guard Elfrid Payton, snapped a two-game losing streak. New York had its three-game winning streak halted after having to play without the league's second-leading scorer going into Wednesday, Kristaps Porzingis (ankle and elbow injuries).

With Porzingis out, Tim Hardaway was the Knicks' only consistent scoring threat, finishing with 26 points. The Knicks had won six of seven but seemed out of synch offensively without Porzingis (30 points per game). They shot 53 percent from the field but committed 23 turnovers.

Orlando got its offensive rhythm back with Payton, shooting 54 percent from the field and 46 from 3-point range, mainly on the strength of spacing with Payton on the floor. Payton returned from a hamstring injury that forced him to miss eight games. He finished with 11 points, 11 assists and six rebounds in 29 minutes.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Aron Baynes matched his career high with 21 points, Kyrie Irving scored 19 and the host Celtics beat the Lakers 107-96 for their 10th straight win. Celtics fans gave rookie Lonzo Ball an icy welcome in his first trip to TD Garden, booing the No. 2 overall pick whenever he touched the ball. He finished with nine points, six assists and five rebounds, making just 4 of 15 from the field. Celtics forward and former Gator Al Horford missed the game after being placed in concussion protocol. … Tobias Harris scored 23 and the Central Division-leading Pistons won for the sixth time in seven games, beating the visiting Pacers 114-97.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The league said Carmelo Anthony's flagrant 2 foul Sunday at Portland will stand, but rescinded the flagrant issued to Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City's loss Tuesday at Sacramento. The league also fined Westbrook, Paul George and coach Billy Donovan $15,000 apiece for their criticisms of officials after the call against Anthony.

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