NBA: Orlando Magic shock the Celtics while Bucks breeze past the Pistons

Magic snap Celtics 9 match winning streak while Bucks get back to winning ways
Magic cause a major upset against the Celtics

(Basketball news) The Orlando Magic snapped the Boston Celtics’ 9 game winning streak as they won 113-98. For the Magic, Paolo Banchero scored 23 points, Jonathan Isaac played in an NBA game for the first time in 2 1/2 years as he missed 211 games since tearing his ACL in the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World on Aug. 2, 2020. He finished with 10 points, three rebounds and two steals, playing about 9 1/2 minutes while Wendell Carter Jr. had 21 points and 11 rebounds as Cole Anthony, came off the Magic bench with 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. For the Celtics, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown both scored 26 points. Their record of 35-13 is still the best in the NBA, having not lost since January. 3 in Oklahoma City.

”We guarded in that second half,” said Cole Anthony. ”Under 100 points for a a team that’s got two guys (Tatum and Brown) averaging 60 points? That’s a heck of a job by our team.”

”We had 18 turnovers,” said Tatum. who had three of them. ”They have long, active guys, and you’ve got to take care of the basketball.”

”I think it says more about Orlando and how they played tonight,” said Boston interim coach Joe Mazzulla. ”They were physical, they had an edge about them and I thought they played really well.”

”Much love to the Magic for sticking with me,” Isaac said. ”And the Magic fans were excited, so I was just trying to bottle all that up in one moment. It was surreal.”

”Obviously he’s probably the Rookie of the Year and he’s getting better every month,” Tatum on Banchero

The Milwaukee Bucks breezed past the Detroit Pistons as they beat them 150-130. For the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 20 of his 29 points in the first quarter, returning to the starting lineup after a five-game absence as Middleton, who hadn’t played since Dec. 15 due to a sore right knee, had eight points and four assists. Brook Lopez scored 21 points as Jevon Carter had 18 points and Jrue Holiday added 16 points and seven assists. The Milwaukee Bucks scored 49 points in the first quarter which was just two shy of the NBA record. For the Pistons, Bojan Bogdanovic scored 33 points and rookie Jalen Duren had a season-high 23 points and 14 rebounds. With this result the Bucks improved their record to 30-17 and are third in the Eastern Conference standings.

”The band is back together,” Antetokounmpo said.

”It was great to see everyone playing together with no real chemistry issues,” said Bucks center Brook Lopez

”It was impressive to come out and play the way he did,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. ”He did a little bit of everything, just like the whole group that in that quarter.”

”The first quarter is what I was afraid would happen,” Detroit coach Dwane Casey said. ”A championship-caliber team came in and put their stamp on the game at the beginning. We didn’t respond, and that’s how you give up a 49-point first quarter. I liked our fight after that, but this is a 48-minute game.”

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