ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tobias Harris and Maurice Harkless combined for 16 points in the fourth quarter Sunday night and the Orlando Magic beat the Boston Celtics, 103-98.
Victor Oladipo scored a game-high 22 points for the Magic, who trailed by 20 early before recovering to win their second straight. Harris finished with 21 points and rookie Elfrid Payton had 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points to lead the Celtics. Brandon Bass added 19 points and 16 rebounds, but the Celtics shot only 35 percent after the first quarter.
After winning nine of their previous 14 games, the Celtics damaged their slim playoff chances by losing to the Magic for the second time this season.
Harkless started a decisive 12-0 fourth-quarter run with a 3-pointer and scored nine of his 14 points in the final quarter.
Dewayne Dedmon, starting in place of injured Magic center Nik Vucevic, had career highs of 11 points and 16 rebounds.
Coming off back-to-back games of 38 and 32 points, Oladipo had only two field goals in the first half and only seven points before converting a three-point play with 7:30 left in the third quarter.
After the Magic shot 6 for 21 with seven turnovers in the first quarter, Evan Turner and Jonas Jerebko scored the first six points of the second quarter, opening a 37-17 lead for the Celtics.
The Magic never led until Oladipo’s reverse layup made it 61-59 late in the third quarter.
Magic: Orlando played a second straight game without center Vucevic and guards Willie Green, Even Fournier and Luke Ridnour. … The Magic are 6-6 under interim coach James Borrego.
Celtics: At Miami on Monday night.
Magic: At Indiana on Tuesday night.
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