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Nikola Vucevic scored 18 points and notched 12 rebounds, his 17th double-double of the season, to lead the Orlando Magic to a close victory over the Boston Celtics, 100-95. Orlando (11-20) picked up the win after falling to the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.
Vucevic went 8-12, in a strong performance. Orlando also got solid performances from Kyle O'Quinn with 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Elfrid Payton with 12 points and seven assists. On 6-9 shooting from the field and 10-10 from the free throw line, Tyler Zeller scored 22 points for Boston in the loss. He also registered 10 rebounds. Kelly Olynyk contributed 14 points and eight rebounds.
The Celtics had an eFG% of just 42.9% while also posting an OR% of 19.1. They are 0-1 this season in games when they drop below 45% and 20% in those respective offensive factors. On the other hand, the Magic are 1-1 when limiting their opponents to those numbers or worse.
This drops Boston (10-16) to 1-1 against Orlando on the year.
Coming up, the Magic take on the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are 17-10 on the season. The Celtics match up with the Brooklyn Nets, currently sitting at 11-15 this year. The Magic have a 0-1 record against Cleveland this season. The Celtics are 1-0 versus Brooklyn this season.