Coming off a heartbreaking 104-103 loss to Cleveland on the road back on Thursday night, Orlando was itching for another chance to snap its 11-game road losing streak. Sunday afternoon, the Magic got its opportunity when they faced the Boston Celtics, who entered the weekend as the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seeded team.
The Magic were able to bounce back from their narrow loss to the Cavaliers last week and soundly upended the Celtics 103-95 at TD Garden. Orlando guard’s Elfrid Payton and Evan Fournier paced the Magic with 22 and 19 points, respectively. Orlando doesn’t play again until Tuesday night when they host the Sacramento Kings.
”Was a really good win for us and we are playing really hard right now,” Fournier said about the victory. ”We almost let it slip, but made a few plays to close the deal and it feels really good.”
Orlando (14-32) also snapped another losing skid which was 14 losses in a row in Boston. The Magic were able to do it with solid shooting from the field, going 43-of-92 (47 percent) and hitting six 3-pointers. The Magic has to overcome a big night from Boston point guard Kyrie Irving, who scored a game-high 40 points on the afternoon.
It would be a huge third quarter, however, that helped propel the Magic past one of the National Basketball Association’s best teams this season in the Celtics. Orlando power forward Aaron Gordon wasn’t able to get going offensively, only hitting on 5-of-17 shooting and notched 11 points and 13 rebounds.
“It feels good to get a win, especially after playing well,” Payton said. ”We felt we played well against the Cavs and didn’t come out with the victory. So to get the win today feels good.”
In back to back games against a couple of the Eastern Conference’s top clubs, Orlando has stood toe to toe with Cleveland and Boston consecutively.