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.
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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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