BOSTON — The Boston Celtics' injuries didn't affect what coach Doc Rivers always wants — solid defense.
Paul Pierce and former Magic forward Brandon Bass each scored 19 points to carry the injury-riddled Celtics to an 87-56 win over Orlando on Monday night.
The Magic set franchise lows for points and field goals (16).
"Defensively that was as good as you can get," Rivers said after his team matched a club record for fewest points allowed in the shot-clock era, also done last season against Milwaukee.
Boston was minus starters Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and three bench players, drastically reducing its roster.
Bass and Pierce carried the offense and Boston got some strong play from a cast of down-the-bench reserves. The Celtics snapped a streak of six straight losses against teams with winning records.
Pierce is looking for it to shake Boston out of its early season woes
"Hopefully it'll funnel over to the guys that were out," said Pierce, who followed a 34-point effort in a win at Washington on Sunday. "There's no more excuses."
Avery Bradley and Sasha Pavlovic started in the backcourt for Boston and attempted to pressure Orlando's guards early, helping the Celtics pick up the pressure defensively.
Dwight Howard led the Magic with 18 points and 14 rebounds. He needs eight points to surpass Nick Anderson as the Magic's career scoring leader. But Howard was 0-for-6 from the floor and just 4-for-10 from the free throw line in the second half.
"They came out and absolutely dominated us with their energy and defensive intensity," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said.
Kevin Garnett added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Boston.
The Celtics led by 10 at the half, turned up the pressure defensively and scored 16 of the first 21 points in the second half to pull ahead 62-41. Pierce had seven points in the run and set up Marquis Daniels for a layup that gave Boston its 21-point edge with 2:31 remaining in the quarter.
The Celtics held Orlando to one field goal in the opening 9:52 of the third and just two for the quarter — both 3-pointers. The Magic hit 2 of 11 shots and had nine turnovers.
"It was a tough game. They pressured us a lot," Howard said. "We rushed shots. It just wasn't a good night overall for us."
MAVERICKS 93, SUNS 87: At Dallas, Shawn Marion scored a season-high 29 points and short-handed Dallas stretched its home winning streak to seven games with a victory over Phoenix.
Marion, who entered with five 3-pointers all season, went 4-of-6 from behind the arc and 11-for-20 from the field overall.
Top scorer Dirk Nowitzki and key reserve Vince Carter remain out for the defending NBA champion Mavericks (11-7), who returned home from a 2-2 road trip.
Grant Hill scored a season-high 19 points for Phoenix and Marcin Gortat had 19 points and 17 rebounds, his eighth consecutive double-double.
BULLS 110, NETS 95: At Chicago, Derrick Rose and Richard Hamilton each scored 22 points to lead banged-up Chicago to an easy victory over New Jersey. Hamilton set season highs in points and assists (10). Rose added eight assists and hung with Deron Williams after missing four games with a sprained left big toe.
Joakim Noah chipped in with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls. Carlos Boozer had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Ronnie Brewer (11 points) filled in nicely with Luol Deng sidelined by a sprained left wrist.
Williams had 16 points and 10 assists for New Jersey. Jordan Farmar scored 22, but the Nets were overwhelmed playing their third game in three nights.
76ERS 103, WIZARDS 83: At Philadelphia, Elton Brand had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Jrue Holiday also scored 17 to lead Philadelphia over Washington.
Jodie Meeks added 15 points and Andre Iguodala had 11 assists. The Sixers led by 30 in the first half and easily cruised to their third win of the season against the hapless Wizards.
Jordan Crawford led the Wizards (2-15) with 17 points. They lost their third straight game and remained the NBA's only winless road team at 0-7.
THUNDER 99, PISTONS 79: At Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook and reserve James Harden each scored 24 points, Kevin Durant added 20 and Oklahoma City beat Detroit for its fourth straight blowout win at home.
The Thunder built a 30-point lead midway through the second quarter and Detroit got no closer than 17 after the opening period.
Rookie guard Brandon Knight led Detroit with 13 points. Rodney Stuckey and Greg Monroe added 12 apiece.
SPURS 104, HORNETS 102: At New Orleans, Tim Duncan scored a season-high 28 points, including a running hook in the lane with 1.4 seconds left, and San Antonio sent New Orleans to its eighth straight loss.
Tony Parker added 20 points and a career-high 17 assists for the Spurs, who snapped a two-game skid. Richard Jefferson had 14 points and Tiago Splitter 12.
Jarrett Jack led the Hornets with 26 points and nine assists. Trevor Ariza tied a season high with 18 points and Carl Landry also scored 18.
ROCKETS 107, TIMBERWOLVES 92: At Minneapolis, Kevin Martin scored 31 points and Houston won its seventh straight game, beating Minnesota in coach Kevin McHale's first game back at Target Center since he was fired by the Timberwolves in 2009.
Kyle Lowry had 16 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds and Samuel Dalembert grabbed 15 rebounds for the Rockets, who put the game away with a 19-1 run bridging the third and fourth quarters.
Kevin Love had 39 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who committed 10 turnovers in the fourth quarter in coach Rick Adelman's first game against the team he coached the past four seasons. Ricky Rubio had 12 assists for Minnesota, but the rookie scored just six points on 2-for-10 shooting and turned the ball over five times.
The Rockets entered 0-5 on the road against Western Conference foes.
HAWKS 97, BUCKS 92: At Milwaukee, Joe Johnson scored 14 of his season-high 28 points in the fourth quarter, rallying Atlanta past Milwaukee.
Josh Smith had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Jeff Teague added 15 points for the Hawks in the opener of a five-game road trip.Comment on this story
Brandon Jennings had 21 points and 11 assists to lead Milwaukee, and Mike Dunleavy added 17 points.
TRAIL BLAZERS 101, KINGS 89: At Portland, Ore., Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 26 points and the Trail Blazers won in their return home from a six-game road trip. Gerald Wallace had 20 points and eight rebounds and LaMarcus Aldridge added 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Blazers, who were coming off a 2-4 trip.
DeMarcus Cousins had 18 points and 13 rebounds, his 12th double-double of the season, for the Kings. Jimmer Fredette added 13 points for Sacramento.
GRIZZLIES 91, WARRIORS 90: At Oakland, Calif., Rudy Gay scored three of his 23 points in the final 23 seconds and Memphis poured in 39 fourth-quarter points to rally from 20 points down late in the third period and slip past Golden State. Mike Conley had 20 points and nine assists for the Grizzles, who won their seventh straight game.