Final: Celtics 124, Magic 97 — Undermanned C’s roll to fifth straight win

(Adam Richins/Boston Sports Journal)

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 over a week. Six different Celtics scored in double figures for Boston in the midst of their fifth straight win overall, arguably the best front-to-back effort of the year despite Jayson Tatum (health and safety protocols) being sidelined. Jeff Teague added 17 points for the hosts while Payton Pritchard field the second unit with 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in what 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.

First Half Notes