Recap: Celtics 116, Magic 110 (OT)

November 25, 2012

The Orlando Magic proved on Sunday night that they can hang with the league’s elite teams when their effort level is at an extremely high level.

What they learned against the Celtics is that in order to convert those close contests into victories, they’ll also need to take care of the basketball and rebound effectively.

The Magic gave away the rock 19 times, leading to 23 Celtics points, and were outrebounded 51-42. Boston outscored the Magic 21-10 in second-chance points, which ultimately proved to be the difference in a tight-knit 116-110 overtime home loss.

“We had some stops and instead of us (coming away with what) everyone calls those 50/50 balls, they came away with them a few too many times,” Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn explained.

The Celtics interior proved to be dominant as rookie Jared Sullinger, former Magic forward Brandon Bass and perennial All-Star Kevin Garnett combined for 14 offensive rebounds.

“That’s something that we’ve got to deal with,” Vaughn added. “There’s no secret, our turnovers and the second-chance points (hurt us).”

The Magic’s point guards had a difficult time with their assist-to-turnover ratio. Jameer Nelson and E’Twaun Moore were part of nine of Orlando’s 18 giveaways and managed to distribute just four assists.

Boston’s Rajon Rondo, on the other hand, dished out 16 dimes, while committing only one turnover.

Still with all those stats in Boston’s favor, the Celtics needed overtime to overtake a Magic squad that played with plenty of heart and hustle.

“I thought throughout the game they never changed the way they played,” Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers explained. “They just played hard.”

"I need to suck it up and do what I need to do. I let my team down. They played extremely hard. This is on me I think. I don't care what anybody says ... if I come to play we'd beat them." - Glen Davis on his performance against the Celtics.
This Statline of the Night goes to Orlando Magic forward Josh McRoberts, whose versatility and effort on the court translated into seven points, 14 rebounds, two assists and three blocks on the stat-sheet.
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