Magic snap 10-game losing streak, defeat Celtics


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Tobias Harris had 18 points and 7 rebounds in the Magic’s win over the Celtics.

The Orlando Magic snapped a 10-game losing on Sunday night by defeating the Boston Celtics 93-91 in front of an announced crowd of 17,548. The Magic were led by Arron Afflalo, who recorded his first double-double of the season by scoring 20 points and adding 13 rebounds.

Orlando relied on a balanced scoring attack with five players scoring at least 10 points.

“I think it was just great to see us kind of grind out that game from beginning to end,” said head coach Jacque Vaughn. “To be able to answer out of timeouts, have winning plays at the end of the game, diving on the floor and getting opportunities to get the basketball. It was just a great effort overall from the guys.”

The Magic recovered from a poor shooting performance in the first quarter by outscoring the Celtics 35-20 in the second quarter.

“The second quarter was what beat us ultimately,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “We were just awful in the second quarter, and that came back to haunt us.”

Free throws proved to be what enabled the Magic to go on their big run. The Magic were able to get to the line a total of 13 times in the second quarter, where the Celtics only got to the line just three times in the first half alone.

Vaughn praised the team’s ability to get to the line, saying it’s a sign that the team is sharing the basketball.

“I think that was one, the fact we were able to get the ball moving from side to side and really get them on their heels a little bit and attack the rim,” said Vaughn.

Sunday night’s game marked just the second game this season for Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo after suffering a torn ACL last season. Rondo said following the game that he felt fine.

“I’ve just been getting a lot of treatment,” said Rondo. “The guys have been taking good care of me. Once the game starts, I think the adrenaline just takes over; it gets me through the game.”

Rondo said it’s going to take a little bit of time for the other players to adjust to his style of play.

“It’s not an excuse, I think why we’re losing are the 50-50 plays,” said Rondo. “We got to do a better job of getting those plays and coming down and getting stops to where we need to be.”

The Magic now turn to the Brooklyn Nets, who they face on Tuesday in Brooklyn.