Celtics Lose First Game of Season

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ The Magic are the first team to beat the
Boston Celtics this season, pulling out a 104-102 triumph at
Orlando.
The Celtics dropped to 8-and-1 despite shooting 53 percent and
outscoring the Magic by 15 in the second half. Ray Allen hit a
three-pointer to get the Celtics within 103-102. But Rashard Lewis
hit a free throw before Paul Pierce missed an off-balance jumper
with time running out.
Dwight Howard scored 24 points and Lewis added 22 as the Magic
improved to 9-and-2.
Jameer Nelson had 18 points for the Magic, who led by as many as
20 before holding on for their fourth straight win.
Pierce paced all scorers with 28 points and Kevin Garnett added
14 and 11 rebounds.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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