Surging Celtics prove too tricky for Magic
(The Sports Xchange) - The surging Boston Celtics used balanced scoring to cruise to their fifth straight win with a 113-94 victory over the sagging Orlando Magic on Friday.
The Celtics (27-21) had seven players score in double figures while sending the Magic to their eighth straight loss and 12th in their last 13 games in the opener of a home-and-home series that shifts to Orlando on Sunday.
Boston blew open a fairly close game by going on a 22-4 tear that ended with a 15-0 run in the first five-and-a-half minutes of the fourth quarter.
Guard Marcus Smart and forward Kelly Olynyk, both coming off the bench, led the scoring with 16 points apiece.
Forward Jae Crowder scored 15 points, newly named All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas had 14 points and 11 assists, and guard Evan Turner added 15 points and eight assists.
Reserve forward Jonas Jerebko had a season-high 13 points and 10 rebounds and forward Jared Sullinger contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds as the Celtics reached the 100-point mark for an 11th straight game.
Big man Nikola Vucevich led six Magic players in double figures with 14 points. He also grabbed eight rebounds as his streak of double-doubles ended at six games.
Forward Aaron Gordon had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Magic (20-25).
The Celtics showed a video tribute during a first-quarter timeout saluting Thomas making the All-Star team. Continued...