I'm gonna cut to the chase cuz it's Christmas and I don't want to dwell on this.
The C's came out cold but clawed their way back in the first quarter. They held a 12 point second half lead, but they couldn't close the deal. KG's jumper with 3:20 left made it 77-71… and that was the last field goal the C's would make. Orlando, meanwhile, hit their shots down the stretch and came away with an 86-78 win.
This was not pretty, folks. The refs let these guys pound the hell out of one another, leading to some pretty low shooting percentages (39.4% for ORL, 34.6 for Boston). Ray and Nate were COOOOOLD. Ray was 3-13 (1-5 3pt)… Nate was 2-15 (1-7 3pt). Big Baby chipped in with a 4-12 performance too.
Jermaine came back and played 10 forgettable minutes. Meanwhile the C's got smoked by Brandon Bass (21 and 9) on a night they kept Dwight Howard in check (6 points, 1-4 shooting).