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Rozier, Celtics hold off Magic 92-83

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Boston Celtics relied on their tough defense to get a sorely needed victory on the road.

Terry Rozier and Greg Monroe each scored 17 points, helping the Celtics hold off the Orlando Magic 92-83 on Friday night.

Boston was coming off a pair of close home losses to Indiana and Washington. It shot just 37.8 percent from the field against Orlando and got outscored 31-17 in the fourth quarter, but found a way to close it out down the stretch.

''It wasn't pretty,'' coach Brad Stevens said. ''We obviously didn't make a ton of shots, but our defense was pretty darn good.''

Al Horford had 15 points and Abdel Nader scored 11 for Boston, which made just one field goal in the final 7:33 of the game. Horford also had nine rebounds, helping the Celtics to a 55-40 advantage on the glass and 20 second-chance points

''There were a lot of rebounds to be had so that's probably a good that we got a couple of them,'' Stevens said.

Orlando lost for the sixth time in seven games. Reserve Shelvin Mack scored 13 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. Jonathon Simmons and D.J. Augustin had 13 apiece.

''The disappointing thing about this game is that we forced a ton of misses, but we didn't finish possessions,'' Orlando coach Frank Vogel said. ''They shoot a ton of 3s with a lot of long rebounds and we talked about not getting caught under the rim and having the ball bounce over our heads, but that happened a number of times.''

Orlando had its own shooting problems. The Magic, who made 18 3-pointers in a win over Milwaukee on Wednesday, went 5 for 28 from beyond the arc, compared to 9 for 26 for the Celtics.

''We just had a poor night shooting inside and out,'' Vogel said. ''Clearly we didn't have the legs to finish shots and that was evident both in our finishing at the rim and with our perimeter shooting.''

Boston opened a 24-point lead early in the second half. Rozier hit a pair of 3-pointers and Monroe overpowered Nikola Vucevic for another driving layup to make it 62-38 with 5:25 left in the third quarter.

The Magic cut the deficit to 14 against Celtics reserves early in the fourth quarter and Stevens put his starters back in for the last nine minutes of the game. They managed just two field goals the rest of the way, but it was still enough to hold off Orlando.

The closest the Magic could get was 90-83 on a driving layup by Mack with 41 seconds to play.

TIP-INS

Celtics: Boston's starting five was a combined 20 of 62 from the field. ... Marcus Morris had 11 rebounds, but was just 4 of 15 from the field. ... F Jaylen Brown missed his third straight game with a concussion. ... PG Kyrie Erving was sidelined by a sore left knee.

Magic: PF Aaron Gordon could not pass the final stage of the NBA's concussion protocol and missed his fifth straight game. Gordon says he wants to play and the team appealed the decision to the league. ... PG D.J. Augustin was the only Magic player to score more than four points in the first half. ... The Magic started the game 3 for 13 from the field, including 0 for 6 on 3-pointers. ... Rookie Jonathan Isaac had two blocks in the first minute of the game and didn't get another the rest of the game.

UP NEXT

Celtics: At New Orleans on Sunday night.

Magic: Host Toronto on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
A. Horford
42 C
N. Vucevic
9 C
30.2 Min. Per Game 30.2
17.3 Pts. Per Game 17.3
3.3 Ast. Per Game 3.3
9.1 Reb. Per Game 9.1
49.5 Field Goal % 49.4
49.9 Three Point % 49.3
75.5 Free Throw % 80.0
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:06
  Defensive rebound by Abdel Nader 0:28
  Nikola Vucevic missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:32
+ 1 Abdel Nader made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:39
+ 1 Abdel Nader made 1st of 2 free throws 0:39
  Personal foul on Jonathon Simmons 0:39
+ 2 Shelvin Mack made driving layup 0:41
  Defensive rebound by Shelvin Mack 0:50
  Semi Ojeleye missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:53
+ 1 Semi Ojeleye made 1st of 2 free throws 0:53
  Personal foul on Shelvin Mack 0:53
Team Stats
Points 92 83
Field Goals 31-82 (37.8%) 34-87 (39.1%)
3-Pointers 9-26 (34.6%) 5-28 (17.9%)
Free Throws 21-28 (75.0%) 10-11 (90.9%)
Total Rebounds 66 46
Offensive 16 7
Defensive 39 33
Team 11 6
Assists 16 14
Steals 7 12
Blocks 6 7
Turnovers 18 15
Fouls 17 23
Technicals 1 0
17 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST
13 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Celtics 47-22 2523271792
home team logo Magic 21-49 1615213183
Team Stats
away team logo Celtics 47-22 101.4 PPG 41.7 RPG 21.2 APG
home team logo Magic 21-49 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
T. Rozier PG 11.3 PPG 4.7 RPG 2.9 APG 39.5 FG%
S. Mack PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
T. Rozier PG 17 PTS 7 REB 5 AST
S. Mack PG 16 PTS 7 REB 0 AST
37.8 FG% 39.1
34.6 3PT FG% 17.9
75.0 FT% 90.9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Rozier 34 17 7 5 0 1 3 2 5/13 3/8 4/6 4 3 32 +21
A. Horford 31 15 9 3 1 0 1 2 6/18 1/2 2/2 2 7 30 +22
M. Morris 33 9 11 2 1 0 1 2 4/15 1/5 0/0 2 9 24 +10
J. Tatum 30 8 8 0 0 1 5 4 3/8 1/5 1/2 2 6 12 +16
A. Baynes 22 4 7 3 0 1 3 2 2/8 0/1 0/0 3 4 15 +18
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Rozier 34 17 7 5 0 1 3 2 5/13 3/8 4/6 4 3 32 +21
A. Horford 31 15 9 3 1 0 1 2 6/18 1/2 2/2 2 7 30 +22
M. Morris 33 9 11 2 1 0 1 2 4/15 1/5 0/0 2 9 24 +10
J. Tatum 30 8 8 0 0 1 5 4 3/8 1/5 1/2 2 6 12 +16
A. Baynes 22 4 7 3 0 1 3 2 2/8 0/1 0/0 3 4 15 +18
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Monroe 21 17 5 2 3 1 3 0 6/8 0/0 5/8 2 3 27 -12
A. Nader 23 11 3 0 1 2 1 1 2/6 1/2 6/6 0 3 16 -11
S. Larkin 18 10 2 0 1 0 1 1 3/6 2/3 2/2 1 1 12 -6
S. Ojeleye 22 1 3 1 0 0 0 3 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 3 6 -11
G. Yabusele 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -2
G. Hayward - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Irving - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bird - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Smart - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Theis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 92 55 16 7 6 18 17 31/82 9/26 21/28 16 39 174 +45
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Augustin 30 13 3 4 2 0 1 2 5/11 1/4 2/2 0 3 25 -11
J. Simmons 33 13 4 3 1 0 4 6 5/15 1/6 2/3 1 3 20 -17
N. Vucevic 28 12 4 2 0 1 0 5 6/14 0/3 0/0 1 3 21 -8
M. Hezonja 28 11 4 1 3 0 3 2 4/11 1/6 2/2 0 4 17 -16
J. Isaac 24 6 2 0 2 2 1 1 3/9 0/1 0/0 0 2 11 -6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Augustin 30 13 3 4 2 0 1 2 5/11 1/4 2/2 0 3 25 -11
J. Simmons 33 13 4 3 1 0 4 6 5/15 1/6 2/3 1 3 20 -17
N. Vucevic 28 12 4 2 0 1 0 5 6/14 0/3 0/0 1 3 21 -8
M. Hezonja 28 11 4 1 3 0 3 2 4/11 1/6 2/2 0 4 17 -16
J. Isaac 24 6 2 0 2 2 1 1 3/9 0/1 0/0 0 2 11 -6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Mack 26 16 7 0 3 0 3 4 6/13 1/4 3/3 0 7 23 +9
R. Purvis 13 4 1 0 0 1 1 1 1/3 1/3 1/1 0 1 5 +8
W. Iwundu 19 4 5 1 0 1 0 1 2/4 0/1 0/0 1 4 12 +5
B. Biyombo 19 2 7 3 1 2 1 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 5 17 -1
K. Birch 15 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 1/5 0/0 0/0 2 1 4 -8
A. Afflalo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Speights - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Fournier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ross - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Artis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Gordon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Vaughn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 83 40 14 12 7 15 23 34/87 5/28 10/11 7 33 155 -45