BOSTON, Jan. 10 (Ticker) --
After acquiring one of the NBA's best
defensive players, the Orlando Magic showed why they needed him.
The Magic looked defenseless in a 119-101 loss to the Boston
Celtics, who had eight players in double figures led by Paul Pierce
's 18 points.
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Orlando, which entered the game allowing a league-worst 100.9
points per game, traded third-leading scorer Cuttino Mobley
the Sacramento Kings for guard Doug Christie
, who has been named
to the NBA's All-Defensive First or Second Team in each of the
last four seasons.
"Cuttino is a very good player," Magic coach Johnny Davis
"He is a fine outside shooter so we are going to miss him. ...
At the same time, Doug Christie is a multidimensional player.
He will add a lot of different things and we will welcome him
Originally in the starting lineup, Mobley was replaced by
about 30 minutes before the game started.
"I got a phone call a few minutes before (the game started),"
Davis said. "Sometimes that is the way it goes and the timing
of things can't be orchestrated. We just have to handle it and
we didn't do a good job of that tonight."
The move upset Steve Francis
, who had played his entire career
with Mobley. Francis did not score until there were just under
five minutes left in the first half -- after the Celtics had
already taken a commanding lead.
"It was hard for me to play," Francis said. "(Mobley) is my
brother. I've played my whole career with him, so I wasn't as
focused as I normally am."
No team has taken advantage of the Magic's defensive woes more
than the Celtics, who never trailed and set a season high for
points in a regulation game. Boston's previous best also came
against Orlando, a 117-101 victory on Nov. 29.
"It looks like we always play well against them," Celtics
forward Jiri Welsch
said. "Down in Orlando, we had a great game
and tonight was a good game as well. I guess their style just
works for us."
scored five of his 15 points in a 12-2 run in the
first quarter, capping the spurt with a 3-pointer that made it
18-6 midway through the opening period.
The Magic cut the deficit to 32-28 on a jumper by rookie Jameer Nelson
early in the second quarter. But rookie Tony Allen
four points and two assists in a 14-0 burst that pushed the
advantage to 46-28 with 8:45 left and all but sealed the win.
Allen and fellow reserves Al Jefferson
, Marcus Banks
scored all but two points in the run, part of a
49-point effort from Boston's bench.
"The more we can rest guys, the better," Rivers said. "The fact
that we had to put the starters back in, that was the only
thing I didn't like about the game."
Allen scored 16 points, Welsch added 12 and rookie Al Jefferson
collected 10 and 11 rebounds for Boston, which led by as many
29 in the second half.
"I didn't think Orlando had a lot in them because of the whole
trade thing," Boston coach Doc Rivers
said. "And I thought we
played great so that was a good combination."
Nelson scored a season-high 19 points and Francis contributed 18
for Orlando, which has lost seven in a row on the road.
"Our team did not respond to the adversity of the situation,"
Davis said. "I thought later we tried to compete, but we we not