Celtics entertain lowly Magic at TD Garden
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Celtics will ride their three-game winning streak into a home contest Monday night with the Orlando Magic at TD Bank Garden.
The C's dropped the first four of the season, but have roared back. Their best win of the run came Saturday night when Boston stunned the two-time defending champion Miami Heat in South Beach.
Dwyane Wade could've iced it at the free-throw line. He was trying to miss on purpose to run out the 0.6 seconds remaining on the clock, but air-balled the shot. The ensuing violation gave the ball to Boston at half-court and Jeff Green sank a 3-pointer in the face of LeBron James to win it, 111-110.
"I have confidence in every shot that I put up," said Green. "I was in the first row because I faded back so far. I saw the shot when it went through. I just shot my regular shot. I trusted that it would go in."
Green led the way with 24 points against Miami. Avery Bradley had 17, followed by 15 from Jordan Crawford and 12 from Jared Sullinger.
The Celtics shot an impressive 51.7 percent from the field on Saturday, but allowed Miami to shoot 57.7 percent from the floor and 50 percent from beyond the arc.
Still, it was a successful road trip for Boston, which started with a 91-89 victory over the same Orlando Magic. Six Celtics had double figures on Friday as the Magic committed 20 turnovers and forced only 11.
Orlando is seeking its first road win of the season and first in months, actually. The Magic have dropped 15 straight away from home dating back to last season. Their last road victory came over the New Orleans Pelicans, then Hornets, on March 4.
The Magic's latest setback came in Atlanta Saturday night. Orlando fell 104-94 as the Hawks went on a 10-0 surge late in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
It was the 11th straight loss to the Hawks and seventh in a row in Atlanta.
"When things are rolling for those guys, they have the ability to play inside- out," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "Their pick-and-roll play is good. Those things have stayed pretty consistent. That's what�s caused the problems."
Arron Afflalo paced the Magic with 21 points, followed by 13 apiece for Jameer Nelson and Andrew Nicholson off the bench. Jason Maxiell scored 12, but center Nikola Vucevic, who is tied for fourth in the NBA in double-doubles, only managed seven points and six boards.
Afflalo led Orlando against Boston on Friday with 23 points. Vucevic had 12 points in the first quarter and finished with 14.
The Celtics have won nine straight over the Magic and five in a row in Boston.