Friday , Mar , 17 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Celts visit Orlando on St. Patrick’s Day

(Sports Network) – The Boston Celtics will continue a four-game road trip
tonight when they visit the Orlando Magic at TD Waterhouse Centre.

The Celtics are 0-2 on the trip and suffered a 107-104 loss to the Miami Heat
on Thursday night. They opened the trip with a loss at Memphis.

Against the Heat, Paul Pierce scored 34 points and Wally Szczerbiak netted 30
points for Boston, losers of three of its last four games.

Boston, which will close out the swing on Sunday at Indiana, is 1-3 in its
last four road games and only 8-23 away from Beantown this season.

The Magic, meanwhile, have won three of their last four games following a six-
game losing streak.

On Wednesday against the Utah Jazz, Jameer Nelson had 25 points and nine
assists as Orlando edged Utah in overtime, 114-108, at TD Waterhouse Centre.

Hedo Turkoglu scored 20 points while Tony Battie posted 19 points and seven
rebounds for Orlando. Dwight Howard had a double-double with 16 points and 11
boards in the win.

After Friday’s game with Boston, the Magic will hit the road for two games at
Atlanta and Charlotte. Orlando is 17-14 as the host this season.

Friday’s game will be the fourth and final meeting of the season between
Orlando and Boston.

The Magic are 2-1 after posting wins on November 28 in Boston and February 4
in Orlando. Boston countered with a home victory on February 12.

The Celtics have won five of the last seven meetings, but has dropped four of
six in Orlando.