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Shorthanded Celtics beat Magic 109-98 in Orlando

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Boston was down two starters and a key reserve but won their third straight game

Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

The Hospital Celtics live on. Boston was down two starters and their best backup big man and still managed to beat the Orlando Magic on the road 109-98. It was a comeback effort too for Boston, as they fell behind by as many as 16 points in the first half. The victory was the Celtics third straight.

Kemba Walker got hot in the second quarter and scored 17 of his 37 points to lead the Celtics comeback. Walker shot 12-of-23 from the field, including 6-of-12 from behind the arc. He also tallied six assists.

Gordon Hayward stepped up big for Boston with fellow wings Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum out due to injuries. Hayward scored 22 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and handed out five assists.

Daniel Theis played big for the Celtics with 16 points on 7-of-12 from the floor. Theis also had several standout defensive plays.

Grant Williams got the start and contributed nine points, all on three made three-point shots. He also grabbed four rebounds, had three assists and blocked two shots. He was also a big part of small lineups, as Boston was without Enes Kanter.

The Celtics bench also played big, as Javonte Green scored seven points, including a pair of thunderous dunks in transition. Brand Wanamaker added eight points off the bench, as well.

Orlando was led by Evan Fournier, who continued his strong season with 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting. Nikola Vucevic scored 17 and grabbed 12 rebounds, but struggled from the floor as he was just 6-of-18 shooting.

Boston will travel to New Orleans to continue the road trip on Sunday against Zion Williamson and the Pelicans.