Hayward, Celtics Hold On to Win in Overtime Against Vucevic, Magic

Gordon Hayward scored 31, and Jayson Tatum added 29 as the Boston Celtics held on to beat the Orlando Magic in overtime, 122-119.

Photo courtesy of Kim Klement/Pool Photo

Photo courtesy of Kim Klement/Pool Photo

Hayward also added 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 block in 66.7% shooting, while Tatum recorded 9 boards and 6 dimes. 23-year old guard Jaylen Brown also contributed 19 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 1 block, although All-Star guard Kemba Walker had a quient game of only 4 points, 3 rebounds, and 6 assists in 1 out of 9 shooting.

Magic center Nikola Vucevic garnered 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 1 assist and Gary Clark added 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks. 6’6 guard Terrence Ross and former 1st overall pick Markelle Fultz combined for 34 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block to contribute for Orlando off the bench.

The game was close all-night long, separating the two teams as much as 8 points. The Magic had a 5-point lead. 110-105, with less than a minute in the game before the Celtics fought back and tied the game with a game-saving fade-away shot from Tatum with 4.2 seconds left in the game clock.

Orlando had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but Tatum spoiled Terrence Ross’s game-winning shot with a block to send the game to an extension period. The Magic once again had a 2-point lead in overtime, before the Celtics took it back ,116-114, with 2:14 seconds left.

Celtics center Daniel Theis spread the lead to 5-points off a cutting lay up, 122-117, with 33.3 seconds left. The Magic had some moments to come back but could not deliver.

SCORES

Celtics (122)- Hayward 31, Tatum 29, Brown 19, Wanamaker 10, Smart 8, Williams III 8, Theis 6, Walker 4, Kanter, 4, Ojeleye 3

Magic (119)- Vucevic 26, Ross 18, Fultz 16, Clark 15, Augustin 12, Ennis III 10, Iwundu 9, Frazier Jr. 8, Birch 4, Law 1

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