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Grades: Boston Celtics 76, Orlando Magic 67

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Boston Celtics 76 Final
Recap | Box Score
67 Orlando Magic

Seth Curry
5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | -12

Curry scored eight of his team-high 15 points over a two minute period in the second quarter, helping the Magic build on their lead, but Marcus Smart switched on to him in the second-half and took him out of the game. Nevertheless, Curry gave the Magic a nice boost off the bench and proved his value as a shooter by knocking down four of their five 3s.

Kadeem Batts
5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +7

The Magic dominated the Celtics on the boards, 46-32, and Batts was a big reason for that. He only finished with seven rebounds on the night, but he kept plenty of possessions alive by being active on the glass. He also came up big offensively yet again, spacing the floor on pick-and-pops and using his big body down on the low block to create space.

Elfrid Payton
3-7 FG | 2-4 FT | 9 REB | 10 AST | 8 PTS | -2

The good news is that Payton looks a lot more comfortable than he did in his first game with the Magic. The bad news is that, despite flirting with a triple-double for the second time in four games, he committed seven turnovers and got torched by Smart on offense — the sixth overall pick scored 12 of his points in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter.

Romero Osby
2-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -7

Osby got to the free-throw line four times and blocked a pair of shots, but that’s about it. He only pulled down two rebounds in the 23 minutes he played and committed four fouls. Odds are that he was still feeling the ill-effects of a shoulder injury he sustained that kept him out of the Magic’s last game against Memphis.

Boston Celtics

Offensively, the Celtics were in shambles. They connected on 32.4 percent of their shots and shot only 8-for-33 on their 3-point attempts. Defensively, though, they were firing on all cylinders. They shut down the paint, which was instrumental in slowing down Payton, Gordon, and Marble, and they forced a total of 17 turnovers, many of which were turned into easy transition opportunities.

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