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Orlando played solidly defensively, but couldn't muster enough baskets to keep its game against the Celtics on Friday competitive.

Jeff Green and E'Twaun Moore
Jeff Green and E'Twaun Moore
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The Orlando Magic's losing streak continued Friday night against the Boston Celtics as Beantown shot 50 percent en route to winning by a 97-84 final. Jeff Green scored 17 points in 29 minutes off the Celtics' bench, while five other players reached double-digits as well. The Magic shot only 37.9 percent from the field and played much of the game without starting point guard Jameer Nelson, who left in the second quarter and did not return.

Team Pace Efficiency eFG% FT Rate OReb% TO Rate
Magic 94.3 89.1 39.5% 9.5 28.3 14.8
Celtics 94.3 102.8 52.4% 10.7 23.8 15.9
Green denotes a stat better than the team's 2012/13 average;
red denotes a stat worse than the team's 2012/13 average.

Despite the defeat, Orlando can point toward its defensive performance as a reason for optimism. Boston is one of the league's worst offensive teams and did shoot a high percentage, but it did very little else right offensively in the win. The Celtics' 102.8 offensive rating is the worst for an Orlando opponent in a Magic loss since December 12th, when the Atlanta Hawks managed only 95.8 points per 100 possessions and managed to win anyway.

If Orlando itself had played competently at the offensive end, it could have snapped its losing streak rather than continuing it. But without Arron Afflalo, Glen Davis, or Nelson, the Magic had few go-to scorers, and Boston's defense remains one of the league's finest anyway.

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