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January 20, 2014

Celts allow Magic a rare win

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Magic have their first victory of the new year.

Entering the day as one of only two teams left in the NBA not to register a win in 2014, Orlando ended its recent frustrations against a Boston Celtics team that is struggling just as much.

Arron Afflalo had 20 points and 13 rebounds, Tobias Harris added 18 points and the Magic snapped a season-high 10-game losing streak with a 93-91 win last night.

After a close fourth quarter with several ties, Harris sank a pair of free throws with 10.1 seconds remaining to give Orlando its first victory since Dec. 29.

“The emphasis was to win,” Afflalo said. “I thought we did that because I could feel no personal agendas, could feel nothing but five guys on the court and the two guys who came off the bench really looking for a way to get a victory.”

The win also ended a 10-game regular-season losing streak to the Celtics.

Glen Davis added 17 points and Jameer Nelson 16 for Orlando.

For Davis, a former Celtic, the win was especially sweet. It was his first victory over his former team since being traded to the Magic before the 2011-12 season in a deal that sent Davis to Orlando and Brandon Bass to Boston.

Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said with Nik Vucevic still out recovering from a concussion they are asking Davis to do a lot more on the defensive end.

Jeff Green led the Celtics with 22 points, and Avery Bradley and Kris Humphries added 18 apiece. Rajon Rondo finished with six points and four assists playing in his second game back from a torn ACL.

Boston has lost nine straight on the road and 11 of 12 overall.

Bradley said it’s going to take time to integrate Rondo back into things.

“We all have to get used to each other,” Bradley said. “The good thing is we are all open to it and we all have the same goals.”

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