The Orlando Magic lost to the Boston Celtics 96-89 on Sunday.
In the final meeting this season between the two team, Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo made it a tough outing for Orlando Magic rookie Victor Oladipo on both ends of the court. A sore left knee kept veteran Jameer Nelson out of the lineup and forced Oladipo to take over the starting point guard duties opposite Rondo. Oladipo did put up 12 points, but was very inefficient, only shooting 3 of 16 from the field due to Rondo’s pesky defense. On defense, Oladipo struggled to contain Rondo, allowing a double-double performance consisting of 19 points and 10 assists.
Let’s take a look at the other three takeaways from the Magic loss.
Offense comes to a halt
On Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Magic dominated the Bucks throughout the game due to their strong transition offense, which scored 20 fast break points. However, on Sunday, the Celtics stopped the Magic’s fast break cold and only allowed the Magic to score seven fast break points. The struggles in transition extended to the half-court offense as the Magic only shot 41.3 percent from the field.
Jared Sullinger dominates Magic in the paint
Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger dominated the Magic in the paint with a double-double performance featuring a game-high 21 points and 12 rebounds. Former Magic player Brandon Bass also did his fair share of the damage with 19 points.
Arron Afflalo does what he can
The Magic struggled on offense throughout the game. However, Afflalo kept battling and finished with a team-high 18 points. His energy in the 1st half was outstanding and allowed the team to hang around until halftime. In the 2nd half, the Magic as a team, came out with much more energy and had several opportunities to take the lead over the Celtics in the 4th quarter.
The next game for the Orlando Magic will be against the Indiana Pacers on Monday. In the 1st match up between the two teams on Oct. 29, the Magic lost to the Pacers 97-87, which was the 1st game of the season for the Magic. The Pacers have the best record in the Eastern Conference. Tip-off from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis is set for 7 p.m.