Every day in the NBA there is a lot to unpack, so every weekday morning throughout the season we will give you the three things you need to know from the last 24 hours in the NBA. 1) Tony Parker loses starting job to Dejounte Murray, Spurs lose anyway to Pacers. Since getting back into the lineup after off-season quad surgery, future Hall of Famer Tony Parker has started all 21 games he has played in.
The Orlando Magic parlayed a big third quarter into a 103-95 upset of the Boston Celtics on Sunday, their third win in 20 games coming against the NBA's Eastern Conference leaders. Elfrid Payton scored 22 points for the Magic, who had lost their last 14 games in Boston in a skid stretching back to February 2010. "It feels good to get a win, especially after playing well," Payton said.
The AT&T Center has been a fortress for the San Antonio Spurs this season but they came unstuck against Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers in the NBA. San Antonio's 14-game home winning streak was ended by the Pacers, who triumphed 94-86 on Sunday
Elfrid Payton scored 22 points, and the Orlando Magic snapped a 14-game losing streak in Boston by delivering an impressive 103-95 triumph over the Celtics on Sunday. Evan Fournier added 19 points as Orlando won for just the second time in the past 10 games and third time in the last 20. Aaron Gordon contributed 11 points and 13 rebounds.
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Kyrie Irving marked his return from injury with a 40-point game against the Orlando Magic, but he could not prevent the Boston Celtics from slipping to a home defeat. Irving missed the Celtics' defeat to the Philadelphia 76ers because of a shoulder problem but returned on Sunday with an excellent performance. The five-time All-Star point guard went 14 of 23 from the field and hit five of his seven shots from the three-point line, but the Celtics were still beaten 103-95 at TD Garden.
Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said Sunday he would not change the starting lineup a day after the team's blowout loss to Oklahoma City Thunder. Lue also decided against showing his players the game tape after the Cavaliers were embarrassed 148-124 at home Saturday by the Thunder. "I just didn't want to (change the lineup)," Lue told reporters.
The Los Angeles Lakers don't have a return date yet for Lonzo Ball, but the rookie guard is expected to accompany the team on its longest road trip of the season, according to coach Luke Walton. Ball, who missed his fourth straight game on Sunday with a sore left knee as the Lakers hosted the New York Knicks, is also expected to sit out Tuesday against the Boston Celtics. The Lakers depart after that game for a five-game, 11-day road trip beginning Friday in Chicago.
It is a catapulting force that can elevate teams for a stretch of games, or set them back which is exactly what's happening now with the Celtics (34-13). "In my eyes, I feel like we're fighting for our lives," said Boston's Al Horford. "You know, you've got to play well," said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.
After a near-miss in their last game, the Orlando Magic were rewarded for another solid effort. Elfrid Payton had 22 points and the Magic won for just the third time in their last 20 games, overcoming Kyrie Irving's 40 points to beat the Boston Celtics 103-95 on Sunday. ''It feels good to get a win, especially after playing well,'' Payton said.