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Key Moment

Something happened after the first quarter of Sunday’s meeting between Boston and Orlando.

The Magic woke up.

Orlando looked lackadaisical and lost during the first period. Boston, to its credit, took advantage.

The Celtics made the Magic pay at both ends of the court, opening up a 14-point lead after the first 12 minutes of play. Boston pulled ahead by 20 points after scoring the first six points of the second quarter over a span of just 93 seconds.

That’s when Orlando began to figure things out.

Over the course of the next two quarters, the Magic slowly but surely clawed back into the game. They played inspired basketball at both ends – much the way Boston did over the first quarter-plus – for the remainder of the night.

Boston’s lead had vanished midway through the third quarter. Victor Oladipo’s three-point play at the 4:51 mark tied things up at 59-59, marking the first moment of game in which the Magic did not trail since the score was 0-0.

The teams went back and forth for the remainder of the contest, but Orlando’s confidence was too much for Boston to overcome. The Magic made key plays down the stretch and held on for a 103-98 victory.

Key Player

Brandon Bass had a pretty good game Sunday night in Orlando, didn’t he?

See for yourself.

Bass set a new career high by grabbing 17 rebounds against the Magic. Ten of those boards were grabbed at the offensive end of the court.

The power forward also gave major contributions in the scoring column. Bass scored 19 points on the night by making nine of his 14 field goal attempts. He even showed off his developing 3-point skills by nailing his lone attempt of the night, from the right corner of the court.

Bass also tied his career high with five assists on the night during his 38 minutes of playing time.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Channing Frye, who scored only six points, was the only Magic starter who didn't score in double-figures.
  • Boston shot just 39.3 percent from the field.
  • Orlando scored 27 points off of Boston's 16 turnovers.
  • Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 21 points.
  • Brandon Bass set a new career high with 17 rebounds, tied his career high with five assists, and also scored 19 points.
  • Two players in the game, Bass and Dewayne Dedmon (16 rebounds), grabbed at least 16 boards.
  • Victor Oladipo scored a game-high 22 points.
  • Each team led by double-digits.
  • Orlando scored twice as many points in the paint as Boston (52-26).
  • Thomas' nine assists were a game high.
  • Oladipo and Elfrid Payton, Orlando's starting backcourt, each shot 7-of-16 from the field.
  • Gigi Datome scored 10 points, his highest total as a member of the Celtics.
  • Orlando scored at least 26 points in each of the final three quarters after scoring just 17 during the first period.
  • The Celtics were outrebounded 56-48.

Quote of the Night

They flexed on us. We didn't match it. That's the best way I can describe it.

Brad Stevens on the Orlando Magic.

Key Player

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