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Magic at Celtics: Beat-up Orlando visits Boston as roadtrip continues

Orlando enters Friday's matchup with Boston having lost seven straight games.

Avery Bradley
Avery Bradley
Jared Wickerham

The Orlando Magic visit the Boston Celtics on Friday looking to end a seven-game losing skid. Tipoff is set for 7:30 PM Eastern on Fox Sports Florida in the Orlando market. The Orlando Pinstriped Post GameThread will appear at 5:30 PM in this StoryStream and on the cover.

Orlando's last time out: Starting guards Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick combined for 50 points, but they got precious little help from their teammates as the New York Knicks toppled the Magic, 113-97, in a game that didn't feature much defense. Tyson Chandler scored 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting to lead six Knicks in double-figure scoring. New York drained seven three-pointers in the fourth period to put some distance between itself and the visitors, who entered the fourth trailing by only six points.

Boston's last time out: The Celtics topped the visiting Sacramento Kings, 99-81, on Wednesday behind a dominant second quarter. Boston outscored the Kings by a 37-14 margin in the second, which lopsidedness allowed the Celtics to prevail easily despite losing each of the other three quarters. The Celtics shot 16-of-20 from the field in the second and committed only three turnovers. Overall, Paul Pierce led Boston with 16 points.

The last meeting: Boston held off a second-half Magic rally to win in overtime, 116-110. The Magic trailed by 10 points at halftime but fought their way back, taking a two-point lead with 1:34 to go on a Glen Davis layup. Kevin Garnett answered with a tying jumper to knot the score at 102, and neither team scored for the rest of regulation. Minutes later, Pierce hit a go-ahead three-pointer which gave the visiting Celtics the lead for good.

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