The Boston Celtics handily dealt with the Orlando Magic 113-94. The game was relatively close until the closing quarter in which the C's put together an insane 15-0 run to take a dominant 26 point lead halfway through the period.
The Celtics were led by a combination of Evan Turner, Marcus Smart, Isaiah Thomas, and Jae Crowder. Turner (15 pts, 8 ast, 2 reb) took on the role of distributor while Smart (16 pts, 3 stl, 3-5 3PM) thrived on the perimeter and on the defensive end. Both Turner and Smart supplied their stats off the bench while Thomas (14 pts, 8 ast) and Crowder (15 pts, 4 reb, 2 ast) helped keep the C's ahead of the Magic through the first three quarters.
Kelly Olynyk (16 pts), who was rocking the man-bun on the parquet tonight, also played a good game. He scored 9 of Boston's first 11 points in the fourth quarter, and assisted the other two, to spark an 11-4 run.
Even Jonas Jerebko (13 pts, 10 reb) put up a great statline, tallying his first double-double of the season. Jerebko has only scored more than 10 points one other time this year. The Swedish Chef shot a flawless 4-for-4 from the floor, and 3-for-3 from deep. The only blemish on his statline? One turnover.
Orlando, meanwhile, pulled their starters for most of the fourth quarter. The Magic had 6 players in double figures but the bulk of their scoring came from their starting 5. Each starter finished in double figures and the 5 combined for 59 points of the Magic's 77 in the first three quarters. None of the starters scored in the fourth quarter. Instead, Shabazz Napier (13 pts) went off in the fourth, tallying 9 of his 13 points in the final period, all in garbage time.
This victory pushes Boston's win streak to 5 games, and they also move a season-best 6 games over .500. The win also moves the C's into a tie for fourth place with the Atlanta Hawks, and the Celtics now sit half a game back of the #3 Chicago Bulls. Boston does lose it's streak of forcing 20+ turnovers in a game, though, which was at an astounding 4 consecutive games.
The Celtics will face the Magic again this weekend, in Orlando on Sunday.
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