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Celtics 94, Magic 73 : Dionte Christmas Drops 21 in Big Win Against the Magic

Marc Serota - Getty Images
Marc Serota - Getty Images

If you didn't tune into to the very last AirTran Pro Summer League game where the Orlando Magic (2-3) faced the Boston Celtics (4-1), then it was probably for the best.

The Celtics drove miles past an exhausted Orlando Magic team this morning in a blowout fashion, 94-73. Their lead extended by as much as 29 points when the Celtics made barrage of 3-pointers (11-26 from long distance).

Orlando didn't lose the game just because of the Celtics' 3-point offense, but rather the Magic had 21 turnovers to attribute for their loss.

Less than 24 hours ago the Magic played their first double-overtime game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

"[Last night's game] definitely caught up with us today," Orlando Magic Player Development Coach Mark Price said.

"Our guys had to play a lot of minutes last night[...]we just ran out of gas today."

Because it is summer league, Price didn't allow his team to feel discouraged after a week's worth of basketball.

"It wasn't stacking up to be a good day to start with and then Boston just went lights out," Price continued.

"It made a rough day for them but I said [to the team], Listen, don't let today take away from the effort you've put all week."

Former Temple shooting guard Dionte Christmas took control in the first half scoring 19 of his 21 points. Christmas has yet to distinguish himself on an NBA roster. His last signing was with the Houston Rockets during April 2012.

Christmas banked in three triples while making 50-percent of his shots from the field. He added five rebounds, four assists and three steals while committing only one turnover.

The Celtics received help in the backcourt from E'Twaun Moore who efficiently scored three-of-four 3-pointers.

Not to mention, rookie center Fab Melo grabbed 10 rebounds, signifying his best performance in that statistical category for the week.

For the Magic however, sophomore small forward Justin Harper led the team with 16 points on shooting six-of-17 from the field. Harper shot inefficiently from the 3-point line once again making three of his 9 attempts. In fact, for the span of five games Harper played, he has been knocking down 28.1-percent of his three-pointers, which from an NBA standpoint is below league average (34.9-percent according to Basketball Reference)

Last season the Magic shot 37.5-percent beyond the arc; had former Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy been with the team still, Harper more than likely wouldn't crack the rotation due to his three-point efficiency. Then again, this is a small sample size and we're talking about summer league competition here.

Rookie power forward Andrew Nicholson yet again had another mellow performance scoring four points on top of missing four of his six attempts from the field.

On the brighter side of the story, rookie center Kyle O'Quinn who grabbed nine rebounds today in 18 minutes of playing time stated he would be staying in Orlando for majority of the summer to improve his game.