One of the most important traits a basketball team can show is responding well to adversity. The Boston Celtics displayed that trait Monday night.
Hosting the Orlando Magic at TD Garden, Boston led by as many as 12 points late in the second quarter. The C’s maintained a double-digit lead into the third quarter after opening the second half by hitting five of their first eight shots.
However, as is normal in the NBA, the opponent made a run. Orlando rattled off seven consecutive points to make it a one-possession game, at 65-62, with 7:50 remaining the third.
The Celtics were all of a sudden staring in the face of adversity. A 12-point lead had turned into a one-possession game. Momentum? It was on Orlando’s side.
Boston responded to Orlando’s threat like any good team does – with a haymaker. The Celtics pieced together a 10-2 run over the next two minutes. Avery Bradley keyed the spurt by dropping in the first eight points, four via layups, two from the free-throw line, and two off of a pull-up jumper. Brandon Bass capped Boston’s run with a slam dunk in transition to put Boston on top 75-64 with 5:46 remaining in the third.
The Magic were unable to answer to that impressive run by the Celtics. Boston’s lead remained in double-figures for all but 51 seconds of the rest of the game en route to a 120-105 win.
Adversity can break some teams, but it couldn’t break the Celtics on Monday. They showcased one of the most important characteristics an NBA team can possess, which is the ability to fight on through.
Key Box Score Line
It’s safe to say that Avery Bradley likes playing against the Orlando Magic. The fourth-year guard has scored at least 20 points just seven times in his career. Two of those games have now come against Orlando.
Bradley dropped in a game-high 24 points Monday night as the Celtics cruised past the Magic. He was electric on offense, making 10 of his 15 shot attempts that were mostly taken in the mid-range area. Bradley also shot 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.
We all know by now that offense from Bradley is an added bonus. He’s always going to bring it on defense. He did so again tonight by ripping three steals from the Magic during his 29 minutes of action. That combination of offensive firepower and staunch defense helped Boston outscore Orlando by 12 points while he was on the court.
Box Score Nuggets
- Neither team grabbed more than 37 rebounds.
- Boston shot 60 percent from the field, 41.7 percent from 3-point range and 86.7 percent from the free-throw line.
- Avery Bradley scored a game-high 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting.
- Bradley and Gerald Wallace each grabbed three steals.
- The Celtics scored a season-high 120 points.
- Boston led by as many as 21 points.
- All 10 of the game's starters scored in double-figures.
- None of Orlando's starters attempted more than 12 shots.
- Jared Sullinger and Vitor Faverani each blocked two shots.
- The Celtics scored at least 28 points in all four quarters.
- Boston outscored Orlando 20-4 in fast break points.
- Arron Afflalo led the Magic in both scoring (18 points) and assists (seven).
- While Bradley shot the ball well, he did not record a rebound or an assist.
- Jordan Crawford notched his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 assists.
- Crawford did not commit a single turnover.
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