Boston Celtics (1-4) at Orlando Magic (3-2), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Celtics were able to capture that elusive
first win of the season last time out, so now they'll try to solve their road
woes when they open a tour through Florida Friday against the Orlando Magic.
The Celtics will also visit the Miami Heat Saturday night.
Boston lost its first four games of the season and avoided its first 0-5 start
since 1946-47 with Wednesday's 97-87 triumph versus the winless Utah Jazz.
Brandon Bass and Jeff Green scored 20 and 18 points, respectively, while
rookie Kelly Olynyk added 14 points off the bench.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens earned his first win at the NBA level and his
squad was able to fend off a furious Utah rally. The Jazz outscored Boston
25-13 in the fourth quarter before the hosts ended the rally. The Celtics also
recorded a season-high 22 assists.
"Winning's more fun than losing. But at the same time, I think we played two
pretty-good games back-to-back, so that's the most positive thing moving
forward," Stevens said. "And hopefully we feel better about ourselves as we
Boston scored 20 points off 22 Utah turnovers and got a big night from veteran
Gerald Wallace, who had nine points, nine boards and three assists off the
"I think each player in the NBA has got to sacrifice a little bit of their
game, and he sacrifices a lot," Green said of Wallace. "Coming off the bench,
the minutes he's playing, his style of play ... he sacrifices a lot. It shows
true ownership of his character and you can never question who he is."
After losing back-to-back road games to start the season, the Magic have won
three in a row to start a four-game homestand.
In Wednesday's improbable 98-90 victory over the mighty Los Angeles Clippers,
Orlando had a 26-16 advantage in the fourth quarter and was led by Nikola
Vucevic's career-high tying 30 points and 21 rebounds. E'Twaun Moore scored 12
points off the bench, while Arron Afflalo, Jameer Nelson and Victor Oladipo
all netted 11 points.
"They made their run and we took the blow," Nelson said. "We executed well, we
stuck to our game plan and even when they executed against our game plan and
were successful, we stuck with it."
Los Angeles outscored Orlando 32-15 in the third quarter and took a 74-72 edge
into the fourth. But the Magic took care of business at the end.
Orlando, which led by as many as 19 points in the first half, has now won 11
of the last 13 meetings with the Clippers, one of the favorites to win the
Western Conference. Former Magic sharpshooter J.J. Redick had 17 points in the
The Magic lost all three meetings with the Celtics last season and is winless
in the past eight games in this series. Boston has won three in a row at
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