Kemba Walker tied a season high with 32 points in his return from a four-game injury absence, Evan Fournier had 18 points in his first game back in Orlando since being traded, and the Boston Celtics routed the Magic 132-96 on Wednesday night.
“They’re seventh in the NBA in points off turnovers and we had eight first-quarter turnovers that led to points and that really set the tone for the whole game,” said Clifford, who was back on the sidelines after missing the past six games following a positive COVID-19 test.
Upon his return to Orlando, Clifford had this to say about the versatile guard: “There’s nothing more important when you play 82 games than having a guy who you never have to worry whether he’s going to try hard. It was a given with him. Played hurt, played really hurt, always ready to play, always into the game plan and badly wanted to win.”
ON THIS DATE
Wednesday marked the 26th anniversary of the Magic defeating the Celtics 3-1 in the first round of the 1995 NBA playoffs.
Celtics: Play at Chicago on Friday night
Magic: Play at Charlotte on Friday night.