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Boston Celtics vs Orlando Magic

The Boston Celtics and the Orlando Magic maintain two of the highest information within the Japanese Convention.
Heading into Sunday’s assembly in Orlando, the groups are coming off distinctly totally different performances.
Boston (7-2) is on a seven-game successful streak whereas the Magic (6-Three) are smarting from their worst displaying of the season and first residence defeat of the season.
The Celtics continued their streak by executing an entire reversal Friday evening in Oklahoma Metropolis. Earlier than Kyrie Irving scored 22 of his 25 factors within the second half in a 101-94 win, the Celtics have been taking pictures 31 % and trailed by halftime.


“It feels good, understanding what we have been battling, the kind of first half we put on the market,” Irving mentioned. “Man, it was ugly. It was an unsightly first half. It wasn’t fairly. We perceive that.”
Irving scored 15 factors within the fourth quarter, serving to the Celtics change into the primary staff to start out Zero-2 and comply with it up with a seven-game successful streak.
The Celtics are a seven-game successful streak for the second time in 2017. In addition they gained seven straight Jan. 25-Feb. 5 and wish to get an eighth straight victory for the primary time since placing 14 straight wins collectively Nov. 22-Dec. 22, 2010.
Boston leads the league in factors allowed at 93.eight, is among the many league leaders in opposing discipline purpose share (43.1) and opposing Three-point share (32.1).
The Celtics improved these numbers by outscoring Oklahoma Metropolis 64-39 after halftime and limiting the Thunder to 33.Three % from the sphere within the closing 24 minutes.
The turnaround from Boston’s worst first half of the season occurred after a spirited halftime dialogue.
I believe that we simply all challenged one another to simply come out and play laborious, to be higher,” middle Al Horford mentioned of the halftime discuss. “And we did that. We might have simply type of folded, however it exhibits character. Our guys got here out and stored combating. We didn’t make excuses. You recognize, simply happy with the group. We responded the precise method.”
About three hours earlier than Boston stored its streak going, the Magic have been handed an unsightly 105-83 loss to the Chicago Bulls, who're 2-5.
Orlando held a one-point lead at halftime however was outscored 61-38 the remainder of the best way, taking pictures 32.6 % (14 of 23) whereas permitting the Bulls to shoot 57.eight % (22 of 38).
“There’s no motive to panic,” middle Nikola Vucevic mentioned. “It’s one sport. We’ve had eight video games earlier than that. So, we've got to organize for an enormous one in opposition to an incredible staff like Boston. It’s going to be an enormous take a look at for us, however we've got to reply.”
Orlando shot a 40.7 % and a season-worst 28.6 % from Three-point vary (10 of 35). The powerful taking pictures evening dropped its Three-point share from 44 % to 42.1.
“We had a tough-shooting half each from the Three-point line and on the basket and missed some layups, however it's important to play by way of that stuff and keep true to who you're,” Orlando coach Frank Vogel mentioned. “I believed once we bought behind, or we weren’t making pictures we type of fell into some dangerous habits and that’s a part of the rationale for the offensive woes.”
The Magic performed with out Elfrid Payton, who missed his seventh straight sport with a hamstring damage and D.J. Augustin, who sat out with a hamstring damage. Augustin has a gentle to average damage after getting damage Wednesday and was beginning for Payton, who could return Sunday.
Shelvin Mack began at level guard and whereas he recorded eight assists, he was 1 of eight from the sphere. He would doubtless begin once more if Payton doesn't play.
“We had our start line guard out the entire season and we performed very well and with a great rhythm offensively,” Vogel mentioned. “We simply have to verify we come again and discover that on Sunday.”
Boston has gained 19 of the final 24 conferences.
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