Magic hold on to beat Bos­ton

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– Aaron Gor­don had 28 points and 12 re­bounds, and the Or­lando Magic held off a late rally to beat the Bos­ton Celtics 105-103 on Satur­day night.

Jayson Ta­tum missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have tied it for the Celtics, who charged back from a nine-point deficit in the fi­nal 1:43 be­fore los­ing to the Magic for the sec­ond time this sea­son.

Kyrie Irving scored 25 points for the Celtics, 10 of them from the foul line in the fi­nal 4:31 as Bos­ton made its late charge. He ap­peared frus­trated after­ward with Gor­don Hay­ward, who in­bounded the ball on Bos­ton’s fi­nal pos­ses­sion.

Nikola Vuce­vic had 16 points and 13 re­bounds for Or­lando, which broke a four-game los­ing streak. Ter­rence Ross came off the bench with 25 points, 18 in the sec­ond half.

Bos­ton fell be­hind 29-21 early in the sec­ond quar­ter after go­ing 5 min­utes, 45 sec­onds be­tween field goals. But Jaylen Brown hit a cou­ple of 3-point­ers, and Ta­tum and Mar­cus Smart each hit one as the Celtics took com­mand with a 23-5 run and led 51-41 at half­time.

Bos­ton led 61-53 when Ta­tum went to the bench with four fouls mid­way through the third quar­ter.

Vuce­vic and Ross scored nine points apiece in the pe­riod and Ross hit a 3-pointer in the fi­nal sec­ond to help Or­lando cut the deficit to five.

Ross and Gor­don then com­bined for 14 points in a 19-4 fourth-quar­ter run that re­gained a seven-point lead for Or­lando with 5:57 re­main­ing.

Celtics: F-C Aron Baynes missed an 11th straight game with a frac­tured fin­ger on his left hand. ... Hay­ward, an 88 per­cent freethrow shooter, missed his first three at­tempts.

Magic: Rookie C Mo Bamba, who missed a sec­ond game with a sore left foot, hopes to re­turn by Wed­nes­day . ... Or­lando won the sea­son se­ries for the first time since 2009-10.


Celtics: At Brook­lyn on Mon­day night.

Magic: At home against Hous­ton on Sun­day night.


BOS­TON Celtics’ Al Hor­ford (back right) grabs a re­bound away from Or­lando Magic’s Isa­iah Briscoe (left) dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game in Or­lando, Flor­ida.

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