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Celtics 113, Magic 94: In easy win, Boston smothers Orlando on defense

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The Celtics held the Magic at bay all night, handing them their eighth straight loss.

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In desperate need of a win, the Orlando Magic capped off their three game road trip in the front end of a home-and-home against the Boston Celtics in Boston. The Magic lost their eighth straight, getting blown out in the fourth quarter, losing 113-94 in Boston.

Early on, the Magic had a good energy level, moving the ball around to find high quality shots on many of their opening possessions. Despite their good looks, the Magic struggled shooting the ball, missing shot after shot in the quarter, finishing an abysmal 8-of-23 in the quarter. Though they were unable to get much going, the Magic were able to keep the Celtics from pulling away, keeping the game within six for the entire quarter. After 12 minutes, the Magic found themselves trailing the hosts 26-22.

After their defense kept them in the game early, things began to slip for the Magic once again. Their inability to keep Celtics guards out of the paint with dribble penetration allowed the hosts to get good looks on many of their trips down the floor. Boston's bench was able to dominate much of the second quarter, scoring 24 of the Celtics 32 in the quarter, including a pair of three-pointers from Marcus Smart. After a coast-to-cast finish from Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics carried an eight point lead into halftime, up 58-50.

Out of halftime, the Magic were able to hang relatively close with the Celtics. However, despite putting together mini runs to cut the Celtics lead down to one or two possessions, the Magic were quickly answered each time, with the hosts pushing their lead back out to eight to 10 points quickly. The third quarter once again saw the Magic struggle to consistently hit shots, with the team going 8-of-21 in the quarter. After Tobias Harris cut the lead to seven with a big three-pointer, Evan Turner finished a runner at the buzzer to put the Celtics up nine, 86-77 after three.

Up nine, the Celtics seemed to have decent control of the game heading into the final minutes of action. To start the fourth quarter, they took an even bigger strong hold, going on an 18-4 run to start the quarter to all but end the contest. Both teams went deep into their bench, with the Celtics continuing to pound a lifeless Magic bunch.

Boston's bench did much of the damage, with four players finishing in double figures, led by Marcus Smart and Kelly Olynyk's 16. Evan Turner added 15, with Jonas Jerebko scoring 13 of his own off the Celtics bench. Jae Crowder added 15, with All-Star Isaiah Thomas finishing the night with 14. Jared Sullinger rounded out the group, finishing with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Six Magic men finished in double figures, led by Nikola Vucevic's 14. Shabazz Napier added 13, with Elfrid Payton and Aaron Gordon scoring 12 apiece. Victor Oladipo finished with 11, while Tobias Harris added 10.