A cold half saw Orlando lose as the Magic offence faltered badly. Orlando were outscored by 31-10 in the third period and could not recover. By the final buzzer the scoreboard read Celtics 92 Magic 79.
Unfortunately, it was one of those nights that has to be expected from a young team. The schedule may not have helped and affected the team energy. Perhaps 4 games in 6 days with the amount of travel involved caught up with the Magic as at times they looked tired. As Boston stepped up the intensity after the halftime break Orlando appeared unable to respond.
The Story of The Night
Orlando came out in the first quarter and were locked in on both ends of the court.
The offensive struggles manifested themselves with a shade under 4 minutes of the second quarter remaining as Orlando failed to score again before the break. The Magic then did not register another point for the opening 6 minutes of the third!
With a mountain to climb going into the final frame Orlando we’re unable to find the needed energy and accuracy.
Top Magic Performers
Wendell Carter Jr recorded a 13 points and 13 rebounds double-double. Beyond that Cole Anthony (13 points), RJ Hampton (12 points) and Jalen Suggs (10 points) were the only players to record double digit scoring.
For the first time in his NBA career Franz Wagner failed to score 10 points or more. He missed that target by 1 point as he put 9 points on the board.
Moving On As A Cold Half Saw Orlando Lose
Orlando now sit at 14th in the Eastern Conference with a losing 2-7 record. Both wins so far this season have come on the road. All three games in the Amway Center have ended in defeat.
Sometimes you just have to put a bad performance in the past and move on. The opportunity to respond and make a statement on court is against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday. This is an 11pm tip.
A full game review by the Magic’s Josh Cohen can be read here on the Orlando Magic website.