NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Boston
(Monday, January 10th)
Final Score: Boston 119, Orlando 101
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Paul Pierce scored 18 points to lead eight Boston players in double figures, as the Celtics posted an easy 119-101 win over Orlando at the FleetCenter.
Tony Allen added 16 while Gary Payton, Ricky Davis and Raef LaFrentz all chipped in 15 for Boston, which snapped a two-game slide. Payton also finished with seven rebounds and six assists.
Jameer Nelson came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points and Steve Francis contributed 18 for the Magic, who had their three-game winning streak come to an end.
During the game, Orlando announced that it acquired veteran guard Doug Christie from Sacramento and in exchange for guard Cuttino Mobley and forward Michael Bradley.
The announcement of the trade was made during the second quarter and at that time Mobley and Bradley were removed from the team bench.
"We felt that Doug (Christie) was a perfect fit for the chemistry of our team right now," said Orlando general manager John Weisbrod. "He's a tremendous passer and defender, he's accustomed to playing in an up-tempo offense and he brings valuable playoff experience. Cuttino (Mobley) is a very difficult piece to give up -- one of my favorite people -- but we needed to use our depth at shooting guard to fill the areas in which we're deficient."
The Celtics took control of the game from the onset as Payton's two free throws with 8:21 left in the first quarter made it 13-4. The margin grew to 16 points moments later, but Orlando fought back and pulled within 32-26 after one period.
However, the Magic quickly fell behind by double-digits in the second as Allen's breakaway layup with 8:44 left capped a lengthy 14-0 run to give Boston a 46-28 edge. Allen netted four points during the surge while Marcus Banks and Jiri Welsch each scored three apiece.
"I didn't think Orlando had a lot in them because of the whole trade thing," said Orlando head coach Doc Rivers. "And I thought we played great. So that was a good combination."
The cushion increased to 21 points later in the quarter and the Celtics went into the locker room with a hefty 65-50 advantage.
Boston's lead grew to 81-57 on Payton's layup with 7:12 left in the third and the gap ballooned to 93-66 after three quarters.
"We didn't play tonight," said Orlando head coach Johnny Davis. "Our team tonight did not respond to the adversity of the situation. I thought later we tried to compete but we weren't there from the middle point."
Orlando trailed 100-70, but reeled off 13 straight points in the fourth, keyed by nine from Nelson, to pull within 17. The Magic, though, did not get any closer than 15 points in the waning minutes.
Welsch had 12 points while Mark Blount and Al Jefferson both scored 10 for Boston. Jefferson also ripped down a game-high 11 rebounds...Grant Hill had 15 points and nine assists in the loss...The Celtics were 8-of-19 from three- point range and Orlando was just 3-of-9 from beyond the arc...The home team has won 11 of the last 13 contests in this series...Boston has also captured three straight over the Magic...Orlando has lost seven straight and 12 of its last 13 in Beantown. The last Magic victory in Boston came on December 30, 2000.
01/10 22:36:25 ET