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Jan 20

Grades: Orlando Magic 93, Boston Celtics 91

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Orlando Magic 93 Final
Recap | Box Score
91 Boston Celtics

Arron Afflalo
7-16 FG | 4-5 FT | 13 REB | 6 AST | 20 PTS | -2

It wasn’t Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier, but Afflalo and Jeff Green had themselves quite the duel that went into a frenzy in the last minute of the game. Afflalo and Green both made layups while defending each other to tie things up at 89 and 91, respectively, before Harris’ game-clinching free throws. Sidenote: Afflalo’s 13 rebounds matched a career-high for him.

Tobias Harris
5-10 FG | 8-12 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 18 PTS | -7

Harris had his hands full trying to defend Kris Humphries all night long, but he got the best of him on the game’s defining play. Harris drew a foul on Humphries after he beat him to a loose ball following Nelson’s missed 3-pointer. With the Celtics in the penalty, Harris went to the free throw line and made what ended up being the game-winning free throws.

Glen Davis
8-16 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 STL | 7 REB | 17 PTS | +9

Orlando involved Davis in the pick-and-roll, which isn’t breaking news, given that the majority of his offensive possessions this season are involved in pick-and-rolls. But it’s how the Magic utilized him that was key. Rather than shoot midrange jump shots in pick-and-pops, which is normally his (below-average) forte, Davis rolled to the basket and attacked the rim to get his points.

Jameer Nelson
3-10 FG | 9-10 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 16 PTS | -1

The last time Nelson attempted 10 free throws in a regular season game? On November 1, 2009 against the Toronto Raptors at the start of the 2009-10 season. Needless to say, it’s rare that Nelson gets to the free throw line a lot but that’s what the Magic needed — an anomalous event — to get themselves their first win of 2014.

Boston Celtics

As was the case on Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers, Rajon Rondo played in five-minute spurts versus Orlando, with head coach Brad Stevens wisely rationing Rondo’s minutes so that he played in the last five minutes of crunch time. Rondo even made a big midrange jump shot that momentarily gave Boston an 89-87 lead before losing in the last seconds.