In a stunning performance, Moritz Wagner led the Orlando Magic (11-5) to their sixth straight win, scoring 27 points as they defeated the Boston Celtics (12-4) 113-96 in the NBA’s inaugural In-Season Tournament.
Paolo Banchero contributed significantly with 23 points and seven rebounds for Orlando, sealing the victory that threw the Eastern Conference’s Group C into contention.
Despite an initial setback, losing their first tournament game by 20 points to Brooklyn, Orlando rebounded, finishing group play at 3-1 with a crucial plus-22 differential.
With Boston and Brooklyn set to complete pool play, the Magic’s qualification for the knockout rounds as either Group C winner or a wild card depends on game results and point differentials.
Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 26 points, while Jaylen Brown struggled, making just 2 of 16 shots after a strong start.
Jalen Suggs played a crucial role in the game-changing 17-0 run, hitting two 3-pointers as the Celtics faltered.