The Boston Celtics absolutely smothered the Orlando Magic in the second half on Monday, winning 87-56 after holding the visitors to just 20 points after halftime. The Magic finished the game shooting just 16-of-65 (24.5 percent) from the field, setting new franchise lows for both points and field goals.
The Magic were cold in the first half, shooting just 11-for-38 (28.9 percent), but instead of heating up they actually managed to grow colder, making just 5-of-27 (18.5 percent) attempts the rest of the way. They scored just 10 points in each of the final two quarters, allowing the Celtics to pull away for an easy win.
The loss dropped Orlando to 11-5, tied with the Miami Heat for second place in the Southeast Division. They don't have to wait long to dwell on their putrid performance, flying overnight to Indiana to face the Pacers on Tuesday. The Celtics improved to 7-9, staying ahead of the Knicks for sole possession of second place in the Atlantic. They don't play again until Thursday, when they travel to Orlando for a rematch.