Anderson Flourishes, Magic Get First Win
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By Ali Kicklighter
ORLANDO -- Ryan Anderson notched a double-double with 33 points and 14 rebounds as the Orlando Magic earned their first victory at the 2009 Orlando Pro Summer League with Tuesday’s 85-82 triumph over the Boston Celtics.
The former University of California standout, who last month was traded along with Vince Carter to the Magic, racked up 14 of Orlando’s first 23 points.
Three other Magic players scored in double figures, including Kasib Powell, Darian Townes and Maurice Ager.
Powell finished with 15 points, while Townes and Ager each had 10.
The Magic had a one-point lead at the half, but the Celtics were able to quickly establish some momentum after the break as the Celtics controlled a six-point lead in the third.
Orlando managed to regain the lead in the fourth as it pulled out to a four-point advantage with three minutes remaining. After a back-and-forth battle, the Celtics rallied back to even the game at 80 with one minute left before the Magic sealed it in the final seconds.
Coby Karl, who returned to action after missing Monday’s opener due to a FIBA technicality, led Boston with 18 points, while J.R. Giddens contributed 17 points and Nick Fazekas had 12.
Orlando will clash with New Jersey/Philadelphia on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET, while Boston and Oklahoma City will precede at 5 p.m.