By John Denton
ORLANDO -- Very much one of the feel-good stories of the young NBA season, the Orlando Magic showed on Friday night that their young roster still has some growing pains to work through this season.
Unable to build upon the momentum of a three-game winning streak that included impressive home wins against the Nets and Clippers, the Magic were sluggish and sloppy on Friday against the rebuilding Boston Celtics. And after turning the ball over 20 times and slumping to a season-low 39.8 percent shooting, the Magic had to stomach a 91-89 lost to the Celtics at the Amway Center.
``Outside of our opener (loss to Indiana), we’ve lost two games that we felt we should have won,’’ said Orlando’s Arron Afflalo, referring also to last week’s overtime loss at Minnesota. ``We are still learning in the process. I do think that we came to play tonight. I just think the focus has to be a little sharper for a team that’s trying to be a (good) team.’’
For Orlando (3-3), it was a disappointing conclusion to a game that it led by as much as 12 points in the first half. But on this night, the Magic just couldn’t get good enough shots or handle the ball well enough against the ball-hawking Celtics (2-4).
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