Sunday, March 9, 2014
The Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Magic have their first victory of the new year.
Entering the day as one of only two teams left in the NBA not to register a win in 2014, Orlando ended its recent frustrations against a Boston Celtics team that is struggling just as much.
Arron Afflalo had 20 points and 13 rebounds, Tobias Harris added 18 points and the Magic snapped a season-high 10-game losing streak with a 93-91 win Sunday night.
Harris sank a pair of free throws with 10.1 seconds remaining to give Orlando its first victory since Dec. 29. The win also ended a 10-game regular-season losing streak to the Celtics.
Glen Davis added 17 points and Jameer Nelson had 16.
For Davis, a former Celtic, the win was especially sweet. It was his first victory over his former team since being traded to the Magic before the 2011-12 season in a deal that sent Brandon Bass to Boston.
Jeff Green led the Celtics with 22 points, and Avery Bradley and Kris Humphries added 18 apiece. Rajon Rondo finished with six points and four assists playing in his second game back from a torn ACL.
Boston has lost nine straight on the road and 11 of 12 overall.
Bradley said it’s going to take time to integrate Rondo back into things.
“We all have to get used to each other,” Bradley said. “The good thing is we are all open to it and we all have the same goals.”
Green was fouled by Afflalo while making a layup that tied the game at 91-91 but couldn’t hit the free throw to complete the three-point play. Orlando snared the rebound and called a timeout with 30.7 seconds to play.
Nelson missed a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession, but Humphries fouled Harris during a scramble for the rebound and Harris sank his two free throws.
The Celtics had a final possession but failed to get up a shot before time expired.
“This is no fun for me at all, that’s the bottom line,” Boston Coach Brad Stevens said. “I’d like to see us get better and win some of these, but we haven’t, so we need to move on and try to do it the next time.”
LAKERS 112, RAPTORS 106: Nick Young returned from suspension to score 29 points as Los Angeles won at Toronto – just the Lakers’ third victory in 15 games.
Young, who was suspended for Friday’s victory at Boston after throwing a punch at Phoenix’s Goran
Dragic last Wednesday, scored 14 points in the fourth quarter as the Lakers overcame a 19-point deficit.
SPURS 110, BUCKS 82: Patty Mills scored 20 points, Tim Duncan had 11 points and 13 rebounds in limited action, and San Antonio rolled at home against Milwaukee, which has lost nine straight.
THUNDER 108, KINGS 93: Kevin Durant scored 30 points to lead host Oklahoma City past Sacramento.
Durant, coming off a career-high 54-point game Friday against Golden State, shot 10 for 15 from the field and had nine assists. He scored at least 30 points for the seventh straight game.
Isaiah Thomas scored a career-high 38 points for the Kings.
SUNS 117, NUGGETS 103: Channing Frye scored a season-high 30 points as Phoenix won at home.
BOBCATS: Starting point guard Kemba Walker is expected to miss 10 to 14 days because of a second degree sprain in his left ankle.
The injury will end Walker’s streak of 190 straight games – the second-longest in team history. He is averaging team highs of 18.7 points, five assists and 1.4 steals.