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NBA Roundup: Magic Fend Off C’s

  • Orlando Magic's Nikola Vucevic (9) goes after a loose ball of a rebound against Boston Celtics' Al Horford, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Boston Celtics' Robert Williams, left, fouls Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon as he goes up for a shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon (00) looks for a shot in front of Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving, right , drives around Orlando Magic's Evan Fournier during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon (00) celebrates after dunking the ball as Boston Celtics' Daniel Theis (27) runs back on offense during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Orlando Magic's Khem Birch (24) blocks a shot attempt by Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Orlando Magic's Nikola Vucevic makes an uncontested dunk against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)



Saturday, January 12, 2019

Orlando, Fla. — Aaron Gordon had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic held off a late rally to beat the Boston Celtics 105-103 on Saturday night.

Jayson Tatum missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have tied it for the Celtics, who charged back from a nine-point deficit in the final 1:43 before losing to the Magic for the second time this season.

Kyrie Irving scored 25 points for the Celtics, 10 of them from the foul line in the final 4:31 as Boston made its late charge. He appeared frustrated afterward with Gordon Hayward, who inbounded the ball on Boston’s final possession.

Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Orlando, which broke a four-game losing streak. Terrence Ross came off the bench with 25 points, 18 in the second half.

Boston fell behind 29-21 early in the second quarter after going 5 minutes, 45 seconds between field goals. But Jaylen Brown hit a couple of 3-pointers, and Tatum and Marcus Smart each hit one as the Celtics took command with a 23-5 run and led 51-41 at halftime.

Boston led 61-53 when Tatum went to the bench with four fouls midway through the third quarter.

Vucevic and Ross scored nine points apiece in the period and Ross hit a 3-pointer in the final second to help Orlando cut the deficit to five.

Ross and Gordon then combined for 14 points in a 19-4 fourth-quarter run that regained a seven-point lead for Orlando with 5:57 remaining.

Notes: Celtics F-C Aron Baynes missed an 11th straight game with a fractured finger on his left hand. ... Hayward, an 88 percent free-throw shooter, missed his first three attempts.

Pistons 109, Lakers 104

Los Angeles — Blake Griffin scored 44 points in his return to Staples Center for the first time against his old team and Detroit beat Los Angeles to snap a four-game skid.

Griffin was greeted with cheers during pregame introductions and received a standing ovation after a first-quarter video tribute from the team that drafted him first overall in 2009.

He stuck his right arm in the air and then brought his raised hands together in a thankful gesture without smiling. He clearly wanted to beat the team that stunningly traded him last January after he had signed a $171 million, five-year extension.

Heat 112, Grizzlies 108

Miami — Justise Winslow scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade had a huge blocked shot in the final seconds and Miami beat Memphis.

Wade blocked a potential tying layup by Shelvin Mack, then won a jump ball to help the Heat escape.

Wade scored 10 points to help Miami reached the midpoint of the season at 21-20.

JaMychal Green had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies.