Celtics

BSJ Game Report: Celtics 124, Magic 97 — Jaylen Brown leads balanced effort in fifth straight victory

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Everything you need to know about the Celtics' 124-97 win over the Magic with BSJ insight and analysis:

Box Score

Celtics show no signs of rust in first game in a week: Jaylen Brown finished with a game-high 21 points and a career-high 8 assists in just 25 minutes, leading an undermanned Celtics team to a blowout win over the Magic on Friday night in their first game in a week. Six different Celtics scored in double figures for Boston in the midst of their fifth straight win overall — in arguably the best front-to-back effort of the year despite Jayson Tatum (health and safety protocols) being sidelined. Semi Ojeleye had a season-high 18 points and Jeff Teague added 17 points for the hosts, while Payton Pritchard paced the second unit with 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in what was a dominant effort by the Celtics offense for the better part of four quarters. Aaron Gordon had a team-high 17 points for the Magic, who were down four rotation players and struggled mightily without their starting backcourt in the lineup (39 percent shooting, 26 percent from 3). The win puts the Celtics back atop the Eastern Conference with an 8-3 overall record leading into another favorable home game on Sunday afternoon against the Knicks.

Boston’s bench steps up:  With Tatum and Rob Williams sidelined due to health and safety protocols and Kemba Walker’s return pushed back another few days, the C’s second unit got some extended chances and made the most of them.