The Boston Celtics shrugged off some poor shooting from three-point range to beat the Orlando Magic by a resounding 33 points. This is the fifth win in a row for the Celtics and the 11th victory in their last 15 games.
Both teams started the game off with poor shooting and struggled to get into an offensive rhythm. Missed shots, turnovers, and sloppy play kept either team from blowing the game open in the first half. Luckily for Boston, they managed to play just a little bit better and took a 49-39 lead into the halftime break.
The Celtics woke up in the third quarter and took advantage of countless defensive lapses from the young and inexperienced Orlando Magic team. This allowed the Cs to find some offensive consistency and they were able to dominate the fourth quarter where things started to get out of hand for Orlando in a hurry.
A 17-point third-quarter lead turned to a 33-point lead in the blink of an eye and the Celtics secured the big win by a score of 116-83.
Jaylen Brown led the way in scoring for both teams with 26 points on near 50 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum flirted with a triple-double, posting a stat line of 15 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. Dennis Schroder was a great spark off the bench, scoring 22 points in just 20 minutes of action.
The Celtics will take on the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday for a chance to jump up another spot in the standings. The Nets held an 8.5 game lead over the Celtics in the standings just a month ago, but an injury to Kevin Durant and an eight-game skid has given Boston the chance to pass them.