Orlando Magic defeat Boston Celtics, 96-89

Third-quarter letdowns have been costly for the Celtics this season.

But the Celtics took third-quarter lowlights to even greater depths in a 96-89 loss to the Orlando Magic yesterday.

The Celtics’ half-court offense was nonexistent for most of the third quarter. Their defense was similarly virtual, so there were few chances for transition baskets. And the Magic capitalized, outscoring the Celtics, 36-11, in overcoming an 11-point deficit.

Numbers do not always tell ...