Fournier and Hezonja followed with three straight 3-pointers against a relaxed Boston defense and, suddenly, the Magic were up Marcus Smart led Boston with 26 points. Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points and Avery Bradley had The Celtics started the game off hitting seven of 12 3-pointers in the first period, but went only 9 of 34 from beyond the arc the rest of the game.
The Celtics trailed with a minute left, but had one last run left in them. The Magic opened the door by missing four free throws. Smart nailed a 3-pointer and was fouled by Victor Oladipo. He made the free throw to finish off a four-point play and cut the deficit to with However, Vucevic stopped the rally with two free throws and blocked Kelly Olynyk's 3-point attempt with 6 seconds to play to preserve the win for Orlando.
Evan Turner was ejected with 1: Smart made three 3-pointers in the final minute of the first quarter, including one at the buzzer. Boston has scored plus points in 12 straight games, averaging The Celtics are against the Southeast Division.
Orlando was in January after going an Eastern Conference-leading in December. The Magic are since Gordon replaced Channing Frye in the starting lineup.
The Magic's backups were outscored by Celtics reserves after being outscored two nights earlier. Their reserves also scored 60 in a victory in Washington on Monday. At New York on Tuesday Magic: Get your official Boston Celtics gear now. Get your official Orlando Magic gear now. BOS 2nd Atlantic 48 34 ORL 5th Southeast 35 47 BOS 2 players ORL -- -- -- -- Start of 2nd Quarter Back to Top.
Hezonja Pullup Bank shot: Made 12 PTS Assist: Vucevic Alley Oop Layup shot: Made 4 PTS Assist: Oladipo Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Start of 3rd Quarter Back to Top. Bradley Running Layup Shot: Made 10 PTS Assist: Gordon Driving Layup Shot: Start of 4th Quarter Back to Top.
Batum has missed seven games because of that injury in and sat out three straight until a drubbing to Utah on Wednesday. He had three points on 1-of shooting and eight assists in nearly 40 minutes Friday against his former team.
Cody Zeller shoulder and Al Jefferson knee are also expected to sit out. Jeremy Lin ankle and Jeremy Lamb toe , who has missed the last four games, are considered questionable. I know we have a lot of guys out and our team is hurting in ways. We're just trying to step up and do what we can to win. Even being short-handed, the Hornets might have enough to get past the Lakers , who have been outscored by an average of Los Angeles has experienced only one skid that's gone longer, when it dropped its final 10 games in While Kobe Bryant sat out with an ailing right shoulder and Achilles, Julius Randle had a career-high 23 points and 14 rebounds.
Bryant is considered questionable and second-leading scorer Lou Williams illness is listed as probable. Bryant scored a team-best 20 points despite missing 15 of 20 shots in a loss in Charlotte on Dec. The time All-Star, who is averaging 8. Kemba Walker had 38 points for Charlotte, which is on the road since Dec. Charlotte has suffered back-to-back defeats since opening its trip Monday with a double-overtime win against Sacramento.
Walker has a combined 29 points in the past two games after averaging He had a career-best 52 in a double-overtime victory over Utah on Jan. The Hornets have won back-to-back games against the Lakers after losing six of seven but have dropped five of six road contests in the series.
They were missing four key players due to injury. Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 19 points and 12 rebounds apiece, and the Hornets sent the Lakers to their franchise record-tying 10th consecutive defeat, on Sunday night.
Kemba Walker had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Hornets, who hit 13 3-pointers and had a rebounding edge in a decisive win over the Western Conference's worst team. Charlotte led for all but one possession, cruising back home even with four of its top eight scorers sidelined.
We did everything we wanted to do. Kobe Bryant scored 23 points in 23 minutes, but the Lakers matched the team for the longest skid in the proud history of a franchise that's won 16 NBA championships. Los Angeles dropped to , guaranteeing three straight non-winning seasons for the first time since You just want a win, no matter what.
While Bryant hit four 3-pointers and excelled in his first point performance since Jan. We just missed shots. Once we started missing shots, I think we just got demoralized. I think we've got a lot of guys in there right now with a lack of confidence, and we have to somehow get that back. Jordan Clarkson scored 13 points and Lou Williams added 11 for the Lakers, who finished January with 14 losses in 15 games since their only winning streak of the season. We're almost there, gasping for air.
Kidd-Gilchrist returned from shoulder surgery in Portland on Friday night after being sidelined since October. He went 6 for 7 against the Lakers and hit two 3-pointers. Bryant missed his first five shots before banking in a short jumper late in the first quarter. He heated up with three 3-pointers and two free throws in a 2: Bryant was a high school freshman when the Lakers lost 10 straight games in under interim coach Magic Johnson, who watched this game from courtside.
Jeremy Lin had six points, five assists and five rebounds despite a sprained right ankle. The point guard spent last season with the Lakers, struggling to fit into coach Byron Scott's offense and rarely playing a significant role on the worst team in franchise history. Lin signed with Charlotte in July.