C's on losing streak

C's on losing streak

The Magic, on the other hand, started the day in a three-way tie for the league's worst record.

Darren Collison added 15 points for IN, which snapped a three-game losing streak IN San Antonio.

Although Stevens and Jaylen Brown chose to praise the Magic instead of heaping any further misery on their own team, for at least one Celtic it feels like the floor just caved in. "But at the end of the day the reality is we're not a 34-12 team by many metrics other than we've figured out a way to win 34 out of 46 games. There's a lot more adversity down the road and we got to be able to weather the storm no matter what".

The Magic victory was also extra special for Birch, a Canadian native who went to high school 57 miles away from Boston in Fitchburg, Mass.

Victor Oladipo scored 19 points and the Indiana Pacers defeated San Antonio 94-86 on Sunday night, snapping the Spurs' 14-game home winning streak.

Stevens was asked if the team is depending too much on its All-Star guard.

Fournier and Elfrid Payton led the charge with seven and eight points, respectively, as the Magic capitalized on a whopping eight Celtics turnovers to pull ahead.

Clark added 12 points for Albany which shot 33 of 57 (58 percent) compared to 17 of 54 (31.5) for the Retrievers.


"Kyrie was being Kyrie". Irving tried to lead a fourth-quarter rally, but Orlando held on despite scoring only 13 points in the fourth.

Incredibly, Orlando managed 26 points in the paint during the third quarter, while the Celtics nearly had as many turnovers (eight) as total points (12). The C's made just two of their first eight shots out of the gate but capitalized on some sloppy Magic play later in the frame to take a one-point lead heading into the second quarter.

All the Celtics expected more.

"We still have a little ways to go in order to figure things out as a team, in terms of opportunities we can take advantage of and just playing the game within the game", Irving said. We have to hit something. We played kind of at their pace, and that's something I've noticed the past couple of games. "We struggled a little bit offensively with the ball movement against a great defense, but they did enough to beat a heck of a basketball team". We don't have a MVPO-caliber player on this team and we've got to continue to preach that approach. "So it is disappointing for us".

The Magic's upset bid appeared to be coming unstuck as they made just one of their first 16 shot attempts of the fourth quarter.

Jayson Tatum sparked a fourth-quarter run by scoring seven of his nine points to draw the Celtics to 93-84, but both teams traded points and Orlando maintained control the rest of the way.

It looked like Orlando had no chance of stopping the Irving-Al Horford duo, which is, admittedly, one of the NBA's most skilled point guard-center combos. Kyrie Irving scored 40 points, the Celtics were at home, playing against the hapless Magic ranked second-to-last in the Eastern Conference.

"I'm still going to need some work, but I'm just ready to go back out there and play", Irving said.

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