ORLANDO, Fla. — The Celtics left for their street trip on a 4-recreation profitable streak, and after dropping badly in Miami, they arrived here in the shadow of Disney World intent on simply proving they ain’t no Mickey Mouse membership.
However their livid comeback got here up brief, as they faltered within the fourth quarter and managed to lose to a group that had dropped its earlier four. The Celts surrendered 33 factors to the Magic within the last quarter to take a one hundred and five-103 loss.
The C’s noticed a 12-point third quarter lead and a five-point edge getting into the last interval evaporate right into a nine-point deficit with 1:forty eight left.
Kyrie Irving then scored eight factors in a 10-2 run, the final two from the free throw line with 10.2 seconds left. The Magic had fouled on objective to keep the Celts from trying a tying three-pointer.
The Green did not corral a unfastened ball on the ensuing Magic possession, they usually finally fouled Nikola Vucevic with three.2 left. The large artificial the primary and missed the second. Robert Williams obtained the rebound, and the Celts referred to as a timeout with 2.9 on the clock.
Gordon Hayward inbounded to Jayson Tatum, who didn’t see a transparent path to the ring earlier than his fallaway caught only iron.
The Celts will curse many features of this one, but perhaps nothing was extra obtrusive than missing nine of their 28 free throws.
The Celtics’ offense didn’t actually show up within the first quarter — but their defense did. That meant that producing just 19 points in the session allowed them to be tied after 12 minutes, as a result of the Magic shot simply 22.7 %.
But issues were not trending nicely for the C’s. After operating out to a 14-5 lead and happening to make seven of their first 15 photographs, they missed their final seven in the period, and then proceeded to clang their first two within the second.
The Celts went 5:forty three and not using a area objective, and with Hayward lacking two free throws and Tatum making just certainly one of two, the Magic was capable of reel off a 17-1 run and take a 27-19 lead a minute and a half into the second quarter.
Orlando made its first real move when Aaron Gordon began attacking Robert Williams at the finish of the first. The rookie had performed nicely in Miami, so Brad Stevens made him the first sub for Al Horford. Gordon then confirmed why the Celts are conservative with their reward for Williams, who nonetheless has, fairly obviously, quite a bit to work on. Gordon hit a jumper over him, then drove on him for a 3-point play. When Williams fouled Gordon on the subsequent Orlando possession, Stevens brought the rook again to the pine.
Terrence Ross’ 4-point play and Khem Birch’s slam comply with of a Gordon miss highlighted the Magic start to the second body. But Tatum broke the Boston ice with a jumper at 10:21, and soon the tide would flip. After Birch scored again, Hayward scored on a reverse to start out a 23-5 run that had Magic coach Steve Clifford calling two timeouts in an try and stop the bleeding.
The Celts scored on nine of 10 possessions in one stretch, with Tatum, Marcus Sensible and Jaylen Brown all hitting treys. They made eleven of their last sixteen photographs, capped off by Irving’s left hook to offer them a 51-forty one lead on the half.
The Celts showed off their collective expertise within the new half, pushing their lead to a dozen after an early Orlando push. However Ross was decided to shoot himself scorching, and he managed to get the Magic inside 5 after three. He canned a trey and made three free throws on a Brown foul beyond the arc. Then Ross beat the third quarter buzzer with one-tenth of a second to spare to make it a 77-72 recreation.
Hayward opened the fourth with an inside three-point play, but Ross and Gordon have been the primary authors in a 14-2 spurt to an 86-eighty two Orlando lead. The Celts went 1-for-eight with a turnover throughout this time, aiding the Magic effort to maintain the hammer down.
Brown interrupted the run for a moment with a second-probability bucket inside, however Ross hit a 21-foot pull-up and Evan Fournier drilled a three-pointer for 91-eighty four.