The Orlando Magic defeated the Boston Celtics 93-91 on Sunday, snapping the Magic’s 10-game losing streak.
It took nearly 20 days to do it, but the Magic finally have its first win of 2014. The game was competitive throughout and featured the Magic’s usual turnover issues. However, the Magic were able to secure the victory, after a pair of free throws by Magic forward Tobias Harris with 10 seconds remaining in the game. The Celtics had an opportunity to tie or win the game, but the Magic played outstanding defense and did not allow the Celtics to even get a shot off on the final possession of the game. Here are three other takeaways from the Magic’s first victory of the New Year.
Backup center Kyle O’Quinn has been getting increased playing time over veteran Jason Maxiell since the Magic returned from the West Coast road trip on Jan. 15. O’Quinn has played well in spurts, but his effort in the 1st half was a key factor in the Magic win. He finished the game with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Kyle O’Quinn with a big spark off the bench, 10 pts and 9 boards, Coach praises his growth and progress
— Orlando Magic Radio (@Magic_Radio) January 20, 2014
Free throws are a team’s best friend
The Magic attacked the paint all night long and outscored the Celtics 38-28 in the paint. Due to the Magic’s aggression, they were also able to get to the free throw line and shot 36 free throws to the Celtics 24 free throws. Even more impressive in this game, was that the Magic made 80.6 percent of its free throws, despite shooting 75.1 percent from the line all season.
Arron Afflalo eclipses the 5,000 points milestone
Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo reached the 5,000 points career milestone on Sunday, while also playing his usual great game on the offensive side of court. Afflalo finished the game with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds.
The next game for the Magic will be against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday in Brooklyn. The Magic defeated the Nets on Nov. 3 107-86. It was the first game for Nets head coach Jason Kidd. Tip-off from the Barclays Center is set for 7:30 p.m.