Celtics erase 27-point deficit, beat Magic 91-83

By Kyle Hightower

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Jan. 26 2012 9:09 p.m. MST

Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson, right, drives past Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, in Orlando, Fla.

Mike Carlson, Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. — Paul Pierce had 24 points and 10 assists, and E'Twaun Moore added 16 points to help the Boston Celtics erase a 27-point deficit and beat the Orlando Magic for the second time this week, 91-83 on Thursday night.

Pierce and Moore had 10 points each in the fourth quarter.

Dwight Howard led the Magic with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Orlando had an 11-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but shot 2 of 17 in the final 12 minutes.

The Celtics have won marks three straight for just the second time this season. It also was their fourth consecutive victory over the Magic, dating to last season.

Since a season-best, five-game winning streak, the Magic have lost three times in five games.

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