Boston (4-4) ended Orlando’s three-game winning streak on Friday and the Magic have now lost their last three games. Orlando (3-5) has yet to win on the road this season, losing in Indiana, Minnesota, Atlanta and Boston. The Celtics outscored the Magic over the final three quarters in last Friday’s first meeting and they bettered the Magic in all four periods on Monday.
The Celtics’ hot shooting allowed them to blow out to an 18-point lead early in the fourth quarter. The Magic missed a chance to get back to within nine of the lead when Victor Oladipo couldn’t connect on a 3-pointer with 5:05 to play. From there, Boston pushed the lead back to 16 when Orlando couldn’t get defensive stops.
``(Boston coach) Brad (Stevens) should send me a fruit basket because ever since the second quarter of our game at our place things have gone in the opposite direction for us,’’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. ``(The Celtics) are playing extremely well and we haven’t played as well. It tells you about the league in that when you have a chance to take care of business, you take care of business of it will bite you quickly.’’
Through the first seven games of the season, Orlando made tremendous strides defensively from last season. The Magic yielded just 40.3 percent shooting to foes in the first seven games, four of those opponents failing to even reach 40 percent from the floor.
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