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Rodney Stuckey

Magic stumble late and fall to the Celtics 95-88

Magic stumble late and fall to the Celtics 95-88

BOSTON — Even Orlando Magic players acknowledge this seems like a broken record. So many of their losses look identical: They control a game for 40-plus minutes, then falter at the end. That exact scenario occurred Friday night. They controlled their game against the Boston Celtics for almost 41 minutes — taking a 79-71 lead with 6:57 to play and then taking an 83-79 lead with 4:37 to play — and then collapsed, losing 95-88 at TD Garden. "It's tough, man," rookie point guard Elfrid Payton said. "Real tough. The same song." Perhaps no one on the Magic roster did more than Payton to build the lead, and perhaps no one felt worse than Payton...

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