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Magic vs. Celtics: Orlando hosts Boston in playoff tune-up

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Orlando takes on a Celtics team looking to get into a rhythm for the postseason.

Terrence Williams
Terrence Williams
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The Orlando Magic play the penultimate game of their home schedule on Saturday when they host the Boston Celtics at Amway Center. Tipoff is set for 7 PM Eastern on Fox Sports Florida in the Orlando market. The Orlando Pinstriped Post GameThread will appear at 5 PM in this StoryStream and on the cover.

Orlando's last time out: Against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, the Magic blew a lead that stretched to as large as 14 points in the first quarter, and trailed by five points with 52.5 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Tobias Harris' three-pointer with 1.9 seconds left tied the score at 95 and forced overtime, where Orlando took control for a stunning victory. Harris and Nikola Vucevic joined some elite company with their twin 30-point, 19-plus-rebound performances.

Boston's last time out: The Celtics are playing their second game in as many nights, having lost to the Miami Heat, 109-101, in South Beach on Friday night. Miami shot 12-of-23 from three-point range in the victory. Boston rested Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, and was led by Jeff Green's 25 points.

The last meeting: Six Celtics scored in double-figures as Boston secured an easy win, 97-84, over Orlando on February 1st. The Magic shot 37.9 percent from the floor and 15.8 percent on three-pointers. Vucevic and Andrew Nicholson each had double-doubles for Orlando. Green led the Celtics with 17 points off the bench.

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