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Magic vs. Celtics: Orlando hopes to stuff coal in Boston's stocking

Orlando, losers of six of its last seven games, has been naughty of late. It can back onto its fans' nice lists with a win against the Celtics on Tuesday.

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Jeff Green
Jeff Green
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The Orlando Magic host the Boston Celtics on Tuesday mired in a rut: the team has lost six of its last seven games, looking sluggish and discombobulated for long stretches of each.

Tipoff between Orlando and Boston is set for 7:00 PM. Fox Sports Florida and ESPN 580 AM will offer live coverage in the Orlando market.

Orlando's last time out: Orlando's season may have reached its nadir Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers, the league's worst team, as Philly cruised to a 96-88 win on the Magic's home floor. Michael Carter-Williams, the reigning Rookie of the Year, scored 21 points with six assists, and lightly regarded backup center Henry Sims posted a 12-point, 12-board double-double. Magic center Nikola Vucevic scored 19 with 17 boards against his former club.

Boston's last time out: Despite 22 points and eight boards from starting center Tyler Zeller, the Celtics' three-game winning streak ended, 100-84, Sunday in South Beach against the Miami Heat. Starting at point guard in place of the traded Rajon Rondo, the rookie Marcus Smart shot 1-of-4 for three points. As a team, Boston converted only 39.8 percent of its shot attempts, allowing Miami to win handily despite the absence of Dwyane Wade word.

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The last meeting: Wednesday, Boston routed the Magic by a 109-92 final as six Celtics reached double-figure scoring. Boston shot 55 percent from the field as Brandon Bass, a former Magic player, led the way with 18 points in reserve. Tobias Harris scored 17 for the Magic, while Vucevic scored 18 points on 9-of-19 shooting.

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