After losing to the Miami Heat Thursday night, the Boston Celtics had hoped they could get back on the right side of the scoreboard Saturday night when they went to Orlando to take on the Magic. At times, it looked like they would. But in the end, it just wasn’t meant to be.
The Celtics led at halftime by ten, but the second half belonged to the Magic, and they lost, 105-103.
The game started well enough for the Celtics as they got out to an early 14-5 lead in the first. But the Magic eventually went on a run of their own, 9-1, to tie the game up at 19-19 heading into the second. They stayed hot to begin the second and quickly got out to a 27-19 lead.
But then it was Boston’s turn to go on a run. They used a 23-5 run to take control of the game and get out to a ten-point lead, 44-34, with four minutes to play in the half. The Celtics maintained the lead heading into halftime, 51-41.
Boston was able to push the lead out to 12 points in the third quarter. But then Terrance Ross caught fire scoring nine points inside the final two minutes to close the gap to 77-72, Celtics. Orlando continued to chip away at the Boston lead in the fourth until a 9-2 run gave them a seven-point lead, 91-84, about midway through the quarter.
Orlando pushed the lead out to nine with a little less than two minutes to go. The Celtics rallied to close within one, but a late free throw gave the Magic a two-point advantage with 3.2 seconds to go. Boston was able to get on last good look at the basket before time expired, but Jayson Tatum missed an 18-footer.
Kyrie didn’t look happy after this final play in the Celtics’ loss. pic.twitter.com/lPnsjjfg1G
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 13, 2019
Terrance Ross drove the comeback for the Magic in the second half with 18 of his 25 points. After the game, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens credit for changing the game (ESPN).
“When a guy catches fire, you’ve got to slow him down. We didn’t get into his air space good enough and when we did, we fouled. When Ross got going, it opened everything up.”
Magic forward Aaron Gordon led all scorers with 28 points followed by Ross and Kyrie Irving with 25.
Boston will try to put an end to their losing streak when they face the Nets in Brooklyn Monday night. Orlando will face the Houston Rockets on Sunday.