BOSTON — Evan Turner entered Friday’s game mired in a lengthy shooting slump. In the fourth quarter against the Orlando Magic, he broke out of it at the best possible time for the Celtics.
The swingman scored 16 of his season-high 30 points in the final frame, enabling the Celtics to rally from a 11-point deficit and escape the TD Garden with a 95-88 win over the Magic.
Phil Pressey posted his third career double-double with 10 points and 10 assists off the bench in place of an injured Isaiah Thomas, but it was Turner who stole the show for the green.
The first-year Celtic started the game 0-of-5 from the field, but put together a masterful shooting performance in the final three quarters, hitting 12-of-15 field goals, including a perfect 6-of-6 in the fourth.
Turner’s outburst featured a healthy mix of midrange jumpers and strong drives to the hoop that kept the Magic guessing possession after possession in the closing period. With Turner leading the way, the Celtics ended the game with a 16-5 run, giving the Celtics their fifth win in the team’s past six games.
Boston has won eight of their last 11 overall, and are now within just one game of the Charlotte Hornets for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.