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Magic hold on to beat Celtics for second time, 105-103

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Boston Celtics couldn't cool down Terrence Ross in the second half and it cost them the game.

Aaron Gordon had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic held off a late rally to beat the Celtics 105-103 on Saturday night.

Ross added 25 points, 18 in the second half, and Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he was the difference.

''Terrence Ross changed the whole game,'' Stevens said. ''When a guy catches fire, you've got to slow him down. We didn't get into his air space good enough and when we did, we fouled. When Ross got going it opened everything up.''

Jayson Tatum missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have tied it for the Celtics, who charged back from a nine-point deficit in the final 1:43 before losing to the Magic for the second time this season.

Kyrie Irving scored 25 points for the Celtics, 10 of them from the foul line in the final 4:31. He appeared frustrated afterward with Gordon Hayward, who inbounded the ball on Boston's final possession.

''Next question,'' Irving said when asked about his reaction. ''J.T. got a good look so let's move on.''

Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Orlando, which broke a four-game losing streak. He missed the second of two free throws with 3.2 seconds, leaving the Celtics with a chance to win or tie. Tatum took the inbounds pass and missed a 21-footer.

''Any time you have a shot to win at the end, that's all anybody focuses on,'' Stevens said. ''That stretch at the end of the third and early fourth is what really gave them the momentum.''

Boston fell behind 29-21 early in the second quarter after going 5 minutes, 45 seconds between field goals. But Jaylen Brown hit a couple of 3-pointers, and Tatum and Marcus Smart each hit one as the Celtics took command with a 23-5 run and led 51-41 at halftime.

Boston led 61-53 when Tatum went to the bench with four fouls midway through the third quarter. Vucevic and Ross scored nine points apiece in the period and Ross hit a 3-pointer in the final second to help Orlando cut the deficit to five.

''Obviously Terrence was instrumental there. When he gets going he doesn't need a lot of space,'' Magic coach Steve Clifford said.

Ross and Gordon then combined for 14 points in a 19-4 fourth-quarter run that regained a seven-point lead for Orlando with 5:57 remaining.

''That was huge,'' said Gordon, who made all 13 of his free throws. ''Hopefully the next time the Celtics come to town we'll have more of a home crowd.''

It was Boston's only visit of the season to Orlando.

TIP-INS

Celtics: F-C Aron Baynes missed an 11th straight game with a fractured finger on his left hand. ... Hayward, an 88 percent free-throw shooter, missed his first three attempts. ... The Celtics missed nine free throws, seven more than Orlando. ... The Celtics lost the season series to the Magic for the first time since 2009-10.

Magic: Rookie C Mo Bamba, who missed a second game with a sore left foot, hopes to return by Wednesday. ... Khem Birch, who played 18 minutes in place of Bamba, had 10 rebounds and four blocks. ... The Magic have followed their season-high, four-game losing streaks with wins over San Antonio, Toronto and Boston.

UP NEXT

Celtics: At Brooklyn on Monday night.

Magic: At home against Houston on Sunday night.

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Key Players
K. Irving
11 PG
N. Vucevic
9 C
30.8 Min. Per Game 30.8
20.2 Pts. Per Game 20.2
3.7 Ast. Per Game 3.7
12.0 Reb. Per Game 12.0
48.9 Field Goal % 52.5
48.6 Three Point % 52.6
85.4 Free Throw % 76.7
  BOS team rebound 0:00
  Jayson Tatum missed fade-away jump shot 0:00
  Defensive rebound by Robert Williams 0:02
  Nikola Vucevic missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:03
+ 1 Nikola Vucevic made 1st of 2 free throws 0:03
  Personal foul on Marcus Smart 0:03
+ 1 Kyrie Irving made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:10
+ 1 Kyrie Irving made 1st of 2 free throws 0:10
  Personal foul on D.J. Augustin 0:10
  Out of bounds turnover on D.J. Augustin 0:13
+ 1 Kyrie Irving made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:33
Team Stats
Points 103 105
Field Goals 38-90 (42.2%) 36-84 (42.9%)
3-Pointers 8-32 (25.0%) 11-38 (28.9%)
Free Throws 19-28 (67.9%) 22-24 (91.7%)
Total Rebounds 56 55
Offensive 10 9
Defensive 36 41
Team 10 5
Assists 19 21
Steals 7 2
Blocks 3 5
Turnovers 8 15
Fouls 18 20
Technicals 1 0
25 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST
28 PTS, 12 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Celtics 25-17 19322626103
home team logo Magic 18-24 19223133105
Team Stats
away team logo Celtics 25-17 102.1 PPG 47.8 RPG 21.4 APG
home team logo Magic 18-24 92.0 PPG 43.4 RPG 19.0 APG
Key Players
K. Irving PG 21.3 PPG 4.3 RPG 7.0 APG 38.5 FG%
A. Gordon PF 15.2 PPG 7.2 RPG 3.6 APG 46.8 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Irving PG 25 PTS 5 REB 6 AST
A. Gordon PF 28 PTS 12 REB 2 AST
42.2 FG% 42.9
25.0 3PT FG% 28.9
67.9 FT% 91.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Irving 25 5 6 7/16 0/5 11/13 0 32 2 1 1 0 5 +13 44
M. Morris 17 8 1 6/12 3/6 2/4 2 31 0 0 0 2 6 +10 27
J. Tatum 16 6 1 6/16 1/4 3/4 4 28 1 1 2 2 4 +8 24
A. Horford 10 11 4 5/10 0/2 0/0 2 30 4 1 2 2 9 +21 32
M. Smart 10 3 1 4/7 2/4 0/0 1 33 0 0 0 0 3 +11 15
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Irving 25 5 6 7/16 0/5 11/13 0 32 2 1 1 0 5 +13 44
M. Morris 17 8 1 6/12 3/6 2/4 2 31 0 0 0 2 6 +10 27
J. Tatum 16 6 1 6/16 1/4 3/4 4 28 1 1 2 2 4 +8 24
A. Horford 10 11 4 5/10 0/2 0/0 2 30 4 1 2 2 9 +21 32
M. Smart 10 3 1 4/7 2/4 0/0 1 33 0 0 0 0 3 +11 15
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Brown 13 4 0 5/9 2/3 1/2 4 23 0 0 2 2 2 -18 15
G. Hayward 8 2 3 3/9 0/3 2/5 1 25 0 0 0 1 1 -11 16
D. Theis 4 3 1 2/6 0/2 0/0 2 15 0 0 0 1 2 -16 9
T. Rozier 0 3 2 0/5 0/3 0/0 0 17 0 0 1 0 3 -20 6
R. Williams 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 -8 1
B. Wanamaker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Baynes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bird - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Ojeleye - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Yabusele - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Lemon Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 103 46 19 38/90 8/32 19/28 18 236 7 3 8 10 36 -10 189
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Gordon 28 12 2 7/14 1/5 13/13 3 37 0 1 6 2 10 +11 39
E. Fournier 18 3 5 8/15 2/7 0/0 2 38 0 0 0 1 2 -3 31
N. Vucevic 16 13 5 7/18 0/4 2/4 0 30 0 0 4 2 11 -21 35
D. Augustin 7 0 1 2/6 2/4 1/1 4 26 1 0 3 0 0 -18 7
J. Isaac 7 6 1 2/7 1/4 2/2 1 24 0 0 0 2 4 -16 15
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Gordon 28 12 2 7/14 1/5 13/13 3 37 0 1 6 2 10 +11 39
E. Fournier 18 3 5 8/15 2/7 0/0 2 38 0 0 0 1 2 -3 31
N. Vucevic 16 13 5 7/18 0/4 2/4 0 30 0 0 4 2 11 -21 35
D. Augustin 7 0 1 2/6 2/4 1/1 4 26 1 0 3 0 0 -18 7
J. Isaac 7 6 1 2/7 1/4 2/2 1 24 0 0 0 2 4 -16 15
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Ross 25 4 2 8/20 5/14 4/4 2 30 1 0 1 0 4 +11 33
K. Birch 4 10 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 2 17 0 4 0 2 8 +23 20
W. Iwundu 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 12 0 0 1 0 1 +3 0
I. Briscoe 0 1 4 0/1 0/0 0/0 4 21 0 0 0 0 1 +20 9
T. Mozgov - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Grant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Caupain - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Simmons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bamba - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 105 50 21 36/84 11/38 22/24 20 235 2 5 15 9 41 +10 189