Celtics cruise to 118-103 victory over Magic
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 25, 2017 10:59 AM
FILE - BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 16: Kyrie Irving #11 and Semi Ojeleye #37 of the Boston Celtics high five during the game against the Golden State Warriors on November 16, 2017 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON (AP) - Kyrie Irving scored 17 of his 30 points in a blistering first half and the Boston Celtics jumped to an early lead and coasted to a 118-103 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
One game after ending their streak of 16 consecutive victories, the Celtics scored 40 points in the first quarter and 73 by halftime -- both season-highs -- to send the Magic to their seventh straight loss. Aron Baynes finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Al Horford had 10 assists.
Still wearing a mask after breaking a bone in his face on Nov. 10 (Nov. 11, PHL time), Irving was 9-for-15 from the floor and sank all 10 of his free throw attempts, many with the sold-out crowd chanting "M-V-P!"
Orlando scored the first four points of the game and trailed by just four with less than four minutes left in the first before Boston scored 16 of the next 20 points to take a 40-24 lead. Leading 42-30 early in the second, the Celtics went on an 11-2 run and later got back-to-back three-pointers from Rozier to open a 28-point lead.
Rozier had a career-high 23 points for Boston, which also topped its season-high for points.
Jonathon Simmons scored 14 points for Orlando, and Nikola Vucevic had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Magic: Guard Shelvin Mack played for Celtics coach Brad Stevens at Butler. ... The Magic have lost 14 in a row in Boston since 2010.
Celtics: Marcus Morris got the start, which means he is likely to sit out Saturday night's (Sunday, PHL time) game against the Pacers. He did not play in the Celtics' other back-to-back games this season. ... Stevens picked up a technical foul early in the fourth quarter for arguing a foul call; Arron Afflalo missed the shot, bringing a smile from the coach. ... Shane Larkin did not play after falling hard to the floor and sustaining a "whiplash-like" injury against Miami.
Magic: At Philadelphia on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).
Celtics: At Indiana on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).