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Rondo carries Celtics past Magic, 109-92

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BOSTON (AP) -- Rajon Rondo had 13 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds to lead balanced scoring that carried the Boston Celtics to a 109-92 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

Brandon Bass scored 18 points, and Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger each finished with 16. Kelly Olynyk added 15 points for Boston, which won its second in a row after a three-game losing streak.

Nikola Vucevic had 18 points with 13 rebounds, and Tobias Harris scored 17 for the Magic, who have lost four of five.

The game was tied at 63 early in the third quarter, but the Celtics went on a 14-6 spree over the ensuing 6 minutes en route to a 78-73 lead heading into the fourth. Green scored eight points during the run.

Boston then scored the initial five points of the fourth, opening an 83-73 advantage on Olynyk's three-point play after he was fouled driving the lane for a crowd-pleasing dunk. The Celtics hit nine of their first 10 shots in the first 7 minutes of the fourth, keeping the Magic from making a charge.

Orlando had its deficit in single digits before Boston went on a quick 6-0 spurt to take a 103-88 lead on Phil Pressey's easy drive to the basket with 4:11 to play.

During the fourth, Boston got a number of good shots and faced little resistance driving down the lane.

The Celtics held a 56-53 halftime advantage.

Orlando opened a 47-37 edge late in the second quarter before Boston went on a 19-6 spurt, nailing five 3s in a 4-minute span. Olynyk and Green each hit two from beyond the arc.



Magic: Orlando played its 19th road game and has had only nine at home - tied with Chicago for the fewest in the Eastern Conference - so far this season. That changes over the next few weeks when the Magic play seven of their next nine at home.

Celtics: G Marcus Smart missed his second straight game with a strained left Achilles. Coach Brad Stevens said Smart "didn't do a whole lot (at practice on Tuesday). He did some spot shooting." ... The Celtics had only 11 players in uniform due to injuries.


Magic: Host Utah on Friday.

Celtics: Host Minnesota on Friday.

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