The Celtics saw their five-game winning streak snapped in a 119-114 loss to the Magic on Sunday in Orlando.

The hosts prevailed on the strength of a 72-point second half, overcoming a 14-point deficit in the third quarter to lead by as many as 11 in the fourth.

Jan 31, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Mario Hezonja (23) shoots around Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson (90) during the first quarter of a basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 31, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Mario Hezonja (23) shoots around Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson (90) during the first quarter of a basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Snapping their five-game winning streak, the Celtics were defeated by the Orlando Magic 119-114 on Sunday Night in Orlando.

The Magic scored 72 points while dominating the second half. Orlando came back from down 14-points in the third quarter to eventually lead by as 10 late in the fourth.

The Celtics made a last ditch effort in the final minute, cutting the deficit to 3 with 14 seconds left to play, but comeback came up short.

Evan Fournier and rookie Mario Herzonja led the Magic, scoring to XX and XX respectively off the bench. Four other Magic scored in double-figures.

Marcus Smart matched his career-high of 26 points. Isaiah Thomas had 23 and  Avery Bradley added 22 in the loss.

The (27-22) Celtics are now tied with the Atlanta Hawks with the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference, one-half behind the Chicago Bulls.

For a complete box score, click here.

STUD OF THE NIGHT Marcus Smart

Tonight Marcus Smart continued his hot streak from distance, hitting a season-high five three pointers. Ever since Winter Storm Jonas, where he used an extra practice to practice his stroke, Smart has shot better than 50 percent from behind the three point line.

DUD OF THE NIGHT Jae Crowder

It was a rare off-night for Crowder, who has been of the Celtics most consistent performers this season. He finished with only 5 points and 5 rebounds. The team was also a -15 in his 25 minutes.

VINE OF THE NIGHT Marcus Smart channels his inner Steph Curry to beat the buzzer at the end of the first quarter. This was Smart’s third made three in 54 seconds.

WHINE OF THE NIGHT Inconsistent Sully

After a double-double on Friday, Sullinger only grabbed four rebounds and scored five points in 17 minutes. The Celtics could have used his production, as they were out-rebounded 50-21 and outscored in the paint 46-32 in the paint.

STAT OF THE NIGHT Live by the Three, Die by the Three

The Celtics shot 58% from three in the first quarter, making 7-of-12. In the final three quarters, the C’s kept chucking but did not find the same success, finishing 16-46 from beyond the arc. The 46-attempts were a season high for the Celtics, as were the 30 misses.

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Blog Author: 
Sam Packard

According to Chris Mannix, the Celtics have shown in interest in some very interesting players.

Al Horford

Al Horford

According to Chris Mannix, the Celtics have shown in interest in some very interesting players.

Reporting on Friday night’s Celtics broadcast, Mannix said that Danny Ainge has shown some interest in Atlanta’s players, including Jeff Teague and Al Horford.

“Atlanta, I’€™ve been told, is ready to turn the page, to give the team to Dennis Schroeder, their young point guard, who is ready to step up and be a starter,” Mannix said. “Teague is available because Teague has some value. He has another year left on his contract, about $8 million per year, and teams across the league are looking to get him.”

Mannix continued, “I’€™ve heard that Boston’€™s inquired about several players with Atlanta, Teague and Al Horford. Teague might seem like a weird fit with this team because they already have point guards, but he is an asset, He’€™s someone the Celtics could be interested in.

“Horford, a little more difficult. It would be a gamble going after Al Horford because Al Horford is in the last year of his deal and he’€™s going to command a salary north of $20 million next year. But as we know and as I just said, (president of basketball operations) Danny Ainge is a gambling GM. He could make a move like that, too.”

Atlanta is currently tied for the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference at 27-21, with the 29 year old Horford averaging 15.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Teague, 27, 14.5 points and 5.5 assists per contest.

Blog Author: 
WEEI

The depth is real.

Led by their bench, the Boston Celtics dominated the Orlando Magic 112-94 on Friday night at the TD Garden.

Jan 29, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko (8) celebrates against the Orlando Magic during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 29, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko (8) celebrates against the Orlando Magic during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The depth is real.

Led by their bench, the Boston Celtics dominated the Orlando Magic 112-94 on Friday night at the TD Garden.

The Celtics outplayed the Magic for the majority of the game, but only led by nine points at the end of the third quarter. The Celtics bench unit of Kelly Olynyk, Evan Turner, Jonas Jerebko, and Marcus Smart then used an 26-6 run to blow the game wide open.

Olynyk and Smart led all scorers with 16 points, while five other Celtics were in double figures. Jared Sullinger also finished the game with a double-double, scoring 11 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.

The (27-21) Celtics have now won five in a row and eight of their last ten games. With the win, the C’s are now tied with the Atlanta Hawks for the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference. The team will look to extend their winning streak to six games, as they travel to Orlando to take on the Magic on the second leg of the home-and-home series.

For a complete box score, click here.

STUD OF THE NIGHT The Bench Mob

Since Stevens shortened the bench to nine players, the bench mob has really excelled. Tonight, the foursome absolutely dominated the Magic reserves, outscoring 60 to 35. All four players scored greater than 13 points and combined to shoot 7-of-10 from three.

DUD OF THE NIGHT Mario Hezonja

The Magic rookie was unable to stop anyone on defense. During the second quarter, Evan Turner repeatedly abused the Spainard in the post. Hezonja finished with only 2 points, as the Magic were a -9 when he was on the floor.

VINE OF THE NIGHT
Not a single fan vined this game, so here is LeBron James missing an wide open dunk.
WHINE OF THE NIGHT No complaints whenever Gino shows his beautiful mug. 

STAT OF THE NIGHT Marcus Smart from 3

Tonight Marcus Smart shot 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Since December 1st, Smart had been the worst three-point shooter in the NBA, so this was a nice change of pace for the second-year guard.

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Blog Author: 
Sam Packard

Much has been made of the fact that the Celtics are loaded with assets as the Feb. 18 trade deadline approaches. The team has appealing complementary players and multiple draft picks to dangle.

Danny Ainge

Danny Ainge

Much has been made of the fact that the Celtics are loaded with assets as the Feb. 18 trade deadline approaches. The team has appealing complementary players and multiple draft picks to dangle.

Controversial Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins long has been considered a target for C’s president Danny Ainge, along with Cavaliers forward Kevin Love. However, both teams have made it clear those players are not available.

That doesn’t mean the Celtics are folding. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, “Boston has been quietly aggressive, with its well-chronicled array of assets, in search of the splashy move we all know Danny Ainge would love to make.” With Cousins and Love apparently out of the picture, “there isn’t a starry trade target for Ainge to chase. At least not yet.”

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

With all due respect to DeMarcus Cousins (left) and Kevin Love (right), the real prize if you're the Celtics is Ben Simmons. (Getty Images)Things you can't rush: open-heart surgery, braised veal shanks, growing an oak tree from an acorn.



Isaiah Thomas is no longer a forgotten star in the NBA.

The 26-year-old Celtics scoring guard entering his prime was selected to his first career All-Star squad Thursday night.