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Magic at Celtics | 7:30 p.m., CSN

Celtics look for complete game against Orlando

The Celtics saw a 20-point lead disappear en route to a 103-98 loss to the Magic last Sunday.AP

The Celtics are in the midst of their most impressive stretch of this season. They have won 7 of their last 10 games, and two of the losses came against two of the best teams in the NBA—the Warriors and the Cavaliers.

But there was one unexplainable pockmark during this stretch—last Sunday’s 103-98 loss to the last-place Orlando Magic.

“It’s definitely been in the back of our mind,” Celtics forward Brandon Bass said.

Boston gets a chance to atone for that slip-up on Friday night, when the Magic come to TD Garden. Orlando has won two of three games against the Celtics this season, and with a victory in this game, 14 percent of its wins this year will have come against the Celtics.


“They’ve given us fits,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “They’re a very young, athletic and explosive team.”

In Sunday’s loss, the Celtics frittered away a 20-point lead, shot just 39.3 percent from the floor and were out-rebounded, 56-48.

“Certainly we were disappointed not to win that game, but Orlando had a lot to do with that,” Stevens said. “Orlando outplayed us for three quarters of that game, and if you get outplayed for three quarters, you don’t win.”

Stevens said the idea of seeking revenge is a convenient talking point, but the reality is that once the game begins, those feelings will dissipate, and the Celtics will simply have to play well. Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas is expected to miss the game because of a lower back bruise.

Magic at a glance

■  When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., at TD Garden.

■  TV, radio: CSN, WBZ-FM (98.5).

■  Scoring: Nikola Vucevic 19.6, Victor Oladipo 17.4, Tobias Harris 17.0.

■  Rebounding: Vucevic 11.2, Harris 6.3, Dewayne Dedmon 4.5.

■  Assists: Elfrid Payton 5.9, Oladipo 4.0, Evan Fournier, Luke Ridnour 2.1.

■  Head to head: This is the last of four meetings this season. The Magic lead the series, 2-1.


■  Miscellany: In Orlando’s 103-98 win over Boston last Sunday, Oladipo (22 points) led five Magic players in double figures . . . The Magic have lost nine straight games on the road . . . Vucevic has led the team (or tied for the lead) in scoring 22 times and rebounding 43 times.

Adam Himmelsbach can be reached at adam.himmelsbach@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @adamhimmelsbach