The Boston Celtics defeated the Orlando Magic on Monday night. Now the Celtics, who looked like they were going to be the NBA’s underdogs, are tied with the Philadelphia 76ers for first place in the Atlantic Division.
“I haven’t seen like these unbelievable celebrations in the locker room or anything else,” coach Brad Stevens said. “They’re just pretty matter-of-fact, move on to what’s next, and the better teams that I’ve coached have been that way.”
While the Celtics’ previous four wins had been determined in the last quarter, Boston maintained a lead after 2:31 into the first quarter. Shooting guard, Jordan Crawford made a pull-up jumper that gave Boston its early 23-21 lead.
Crawford was the Celtic’s second lead scorer. He earned sixteen points and made ten assists trailing slightly behind Avery Bradley. Bradley contributed 24 points and made ten out of his fifteen shots.
Jeff Green scored sixteen points; however, his miracle three-pointer in the last quarter finalized the Celtics 120-105 lead. The Celtics had opened the fourth quarter with an 87-74 lead.
Orlando was one of the fourth ranked defensive teams in the NBA and thus, the Celtics’ offensive strength last night makes it all the more impressive.
“It’s awesome,” Green said, “not only for us, but it’s hard for other teams to scout when you have guys being aggressive and putting up numbers like that. It also allows me to continue to be aggressive because then [defenses] can’t help as much because you have guys who can score. That’s what we’ve got to do.”
The Magic also lost to the Celtics on Friday night. On Saturday, Orlando lost to the Atlanta Hawks as well.
The Celtics will face the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday, November 13 at the TD Garden. The game starts at 7:30PM.
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