Celtics 96, Magic 89
Rajon Rondo had season highs with 19 points and 10 assists and host Boston snapped a four-game losing streak with a win over Orlando.
Jared Sullinger scored seven of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for the Celtics, who let a 12-point lead slip to one in the final quarter before pulling away at the end.
Brandon Bass had 19 points and nine rebounds and Avery Bradley scored 17 in his return after missing five games with a sprained ankle.
Jeff Green was the only Boston starter not to score in double figures as the Celtics won for the third time in four games against the Magic, who have lost four of five.
Arron Afflalo had 18 points and Nikola Vucevic finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic, who lost their 11th consecutive road game. Glen Davis had 15 points, Tobias Harris scored 13 and Victor Oladipo had 12 points as all five Orlando starters scored in double figures.
The only game on the NBA schedule Sunday featured two of the league’s bottom teams.
Boston was winless in six games since Rondo’s return last month after missing nearly a year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. His season highs were 13 points and eight assists before going 9-of-10 from the floor and adding six rebounds.
Orlando, which has three road wins this season, rallied after a push in the fourth quarter. The Magic went without a field goal in the fourth quarter until Maurice Harkless’ layup cut Boston’s lead to 75-68 with 9:01 left.