=== Celtics squeak by Magic in Orlando ===
Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Bass scored 16 points and the Boston
Celtics beat the Orlando Magic for the ninth straight time with a 91-89 win on
Avery Bradley had 14 points and Jordan Crawford and Courtney Lee both scored
13 for the Celtics, who have won back-to-back games after starting the season
Arron Afflalo had a game-high 23 points for the Magic, who had a three-game
winning streak snapped -- their longest since Dec. 14-19. Nikola Vucevic had
12 points in the first quarter but scored just two after that. He finished
with a game-best 13 rebounds.
"They did a good job of taking away my post-ups," said Vucevic. "In the first
quarter I was able to get some post-ups and pick-and-rolls and they took those
Afflalo's foot was on the 3-point line on a jumper he banked in from the left
corner with 4.6 seconds left to get the Magic within 90-89. Bradley missed one
of his free throws at the other end, but Orlando's Victor Oladipo was stopped
near midcourt and his desperation shot at the buzzer hit off the backboard.
The Magic's last win against the Celtics came on Christmas in 2010. They will
get their next chance to end the streak soon -- the teams play in Boston on
The Celtics beat Utah on Wednesday night to avoid tying a franchise record for
worst start but first-year NBA coach Brad Stevens said the team isn't much
different after two straight wins.
"We have to get better," the Celtics coach said. "It's good to win, but we
play at Miami on Saturday and they're the best team in the league. It never
stops. You have to ride the momentum but you can't let it consume you."
The Celtics turned a five-point deficit into a six-point lead with a 15-4 run
in the third quarter. Bass scored six in the burst, including two on an alley-
oop dunk set up by Jeff Green.
They never trailed after that, though the game remained close.
Vucevic made five of his six shots for 12 points in the first quarter and the
Magic held the Celtics to 25.9 percent shooting. Eight of Vucevic's 12 points
came during a 12-0 run that gave Orlando a 19-10 lead.
The Magic led 24-17 going into the second quarter and went ahead by as many as
12. Lee had 11 points off the bench in the second for the Celtics, including
nine in a row to spark a 15-6 burst that got them within three. It remained a
three-point Orlando lead at 49-46 going into halftime.
Jameer Nelson had 12 points and seven assists for Orlando ... The Magic went
3-1 on a four-game homestand and will play the Hawks in Atlanta on Saturday.
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