Brown (34 pts, 10 3s) leads Celtics past Magic 112-96

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BOSTON — Jaylen Brown scored 34 points, including a career-high 10 3-pointers, and Jayson Tatum added 23 on Sunday to help the Boston Celtics beat the Orlando Magic 112-96 and snap a three-game losing streak.

The Celtics made 23 3-pointers in the game, one short of the franchise record. Brown was 10 for 18 from the distance.

Nikola Vucevic had 22 points and 13 rebounds for Orlando, which beat Brooklyn on Friday night to snap a nine-game losing streak.

The Magic led by as many as five points in the first quarter and held a 40-37 lead with seven minutes left in the second before Brown made a pair of 3-pointers to spark an 11-2 run.

It was 50-46 Celtics in the final minute of the half before Tatum hit back-to-back 3s that gave Boston its first double-digit lead. Leading 56-49 early in the third, the Celtics scored 10 straight points to start a 19-5 run that made it a 21-point lead.

Boston made 20 of its first 40 3-point attempts before missing five in a row. It shot 23 of 54 from 3-point range in all.

TIP-INS

Magic: Orlando scored only 17 points in the second quarter.

Celtics: Kemba Walker was tripped up and stayed on the floor for a bit, favouring his left knee, before heading to the bench. He checked back in later in the fourth. ... Marcus Smart, who had been on a minutes restriction since missing 18 games with a left calf strain, played 33 minutes for the second straight game. He had 11 points and eight assists. ... Tatum scored 19 in the first half, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range.

GETTING READY

It was the Celtics’ last home game before the state opens large arenas to fans. In preparation for Thursday night’s Boston Bruins game, the TD Garden has added signage and other markers to guide fans in social distancing.

Although there were no paid fans on Sunday, the public address announcer gave guidance on mask-wearing, exit procedure and staying in designated “ neighbourhoods .” The Celtics are next at home on March 29 to play the New Orleans Pelicans.

UP NEXT

Magic: Host Denver on Tuesday.

Celtics: Visit Memphis on Monday.

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Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press