Celtics' large deficit disappears like Magic

By Kyle Hightower

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Jan. 26 2012 11:49 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. (AP Photo/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 Magic scored just eight points in the period.

The Celtics have won 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, including a 31-point defeat at Boston on Monday.

After being mostly manhandled on both ends for three quarters, Boston found its energy in the final 12 minutes, sparked by Pierce and Moore.

The Celtics opened the fourth quarter with a 15-1 run and grabbed their first lead since the opening period, 79-76 with 7:32 to play.

The Magic went 0-for-7 from the field, missed 5 of 6 free throws and committed three turnovers during Boston's spurt.

CLIPPERS 98, GRIZZLIES 91: At Los Angeles, Blake Griffin nearly had a triple-double (20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists) and Mo WIlliams scored 18 to lead L.A.

Bogut out indefinitely

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut is out indefinitely after fracturing his left ankle Wednesday night in Houston.

It's another injury setback for the No. 1 overall pick out of Utah in the 2005 draft.

Bogut's left foot came down awkwardly on a Houston player's foot after Bogut tried to block a shot in the first quarter. The Bucks said Thursday an MRI found Bogut fractured his ankle.

"I will get back from this," Bogut posted on his Twitter account Thursday night. "Injury was beyond my control."

The 7-foot center was playing in his 400th career NBA game. He left with three points, four rebounds and three blocked shots.

Bogut has averaged 11.3 points, a team-high 8.3 rebounds and a team-high two blocked shots in 12 games this season.

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