Magic beat Celtics, end 8-game skid
ORLANDO – Evan Fournier scored 24 points and Aaron Gordon had 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Orlando Magic ended an eight-game losing streak with a 119-114 win over the Boston Celtics.
Rookie Mario Hezonja scored 17 points, Tobias Harris had 16 and Nikola Vucevic had 16 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Magic.
Marcus Smart led Boston with 26 points. Isaiah Thomas added 23 points and Avery Bradley scored 22. The loss stopped a five-game win streak for Boston, which beat Orlando 113-94 two nights earlier.
The Magic trailed 95-90 when Harris made a three-point play to start an 18-2 run. Boston made one last run. Smart’s four-point play cut it to 117-114 with 14.6 seconds left, but Vucevic made two free throws and blocked a three-pointer to save the win.
• WITTMAN TAKES LEAVE: Wizards coach Randy Wittman will miss the next two games following his brother Rick’s death.
• GREEN MACHINE: Draymond Green tied a Warriors franchise record with his ninth triple-double this season (20 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) as they beat the host Knicks 116-95.
• NO GRIFFIN, NO PROBLEM: Jamal Crawford scored 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, and the host Clippers defeated the Bulls 120-93 to improve to 15-3 without Blake Griffin.
• BACK IN FORM: The host Heat notched its first four-game winning streak since 2014 with a 105-87 win over the Hawks.
• NOWITZKI TAKES IT EASY: Dirk Nowitzki sat out to rest as the host Mavericks worked their way to a 91-78 victory over the Suns.
• COPY CATS: Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 19 points and 12 rebounds each, and the Hornets handed the host Lakers their franchise-record-tying 10th consecutive defeat, 101-82.