The Celtics (27-21) had seven players score in double figures while
sending the Magic to their eighth straight loss and 12th in their
last 13 games in the opener of a home-and-home series that shifts to
Orlando on Sunday.
Boston blew open a fairly close game by going on a 22-4 tear that
ended with a 15-0 run in the first five-and-a-half minutes of the
Guard Marcus Smart and forward Kelly Olynyk, both coming off the
bench, led the scoring with 16 points apiece.
Forward Jae Crowder scored 15 points, newly named All-Star guard
Isaiah Thomas had 14 points and 11 assists, and guard Evan Turner
added 15 points and eight assists.
Reserve forward Jonas Jerebko had a season-high 13 points and 10
rebounds and forward Jared Sullinger contributed 11 points and 11
rebounds as the Celtics reached the 100-point mark for an 11th
Big man Nikola Vucevich led six Magic players in double figures with
14 points. He also grabbed eight rebounds as his streak of
double-doubles ended at six games.
Forward Aaron Gordon had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Magic
The Celtics showed a video tribute during a first-quarter timeout
saluting Thomas making the All-Star team.
Thomas, who had just scored his first basket of the game, then had a
hand in 10 straight points, scoring four and contributing three
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Boston used the Thomas-led 8-0 run to take a five-point lead that
grew to eight in the quarter and the advantage reached double
figures in the first three minutes of the second.
The Celtics took a 13-point lead with 3:56 left in the half but led
by eight at the break. Thomas ended the half with an end-to-end dash
and layup with 1.1 seconds left.
Jerebko, averaging 3.6 points per game coming in, scored eight
straight Boston points in the second quarter.
Turner ended the third quarter with a buzzer-beating floater that
made it 86-77.
Olynyk then scored nine points in the first 3:19 of the fourth
quarter and the lead was 16. It quickly grew to 27.
(Editing by John O'Brien)
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