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Magic beats Celtics to end 10-game skid

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The Orlando Magic finally has its first victory of the new year.

Beginning the day as one of only two NBA teams that hadn't registered a win in 2014, Orlando ended its recent frustrations against a Boston Celtics team that is struggling just as much.

Arron Afflalo had 20 points and 13 rebounds, Tobias Harris scored 18 points and the Magic snapped a season-high 10-game losing streak with a 93-91 victory Sunday night at Orlando, Fla.

After a close fourth quarter featuring several ties, Harris sank two free throws with 10.1 seconds remaining to give Orlando its first victory since Dec. 29.

"The emphasis was to win," Afflalo said. "I thought we did that because I could feel no personal agendas, could feel nothing but five guys on the court and the two guys who came off the bench really looking for a way to get a victory."

Orlando ended a 10-game regular-season losing streak against the Celtics, who have lost nine in a row on the road and 11 of 12 overall.

Jeff Green had 22 points for Boston, Avery Bradley and Kris Humphries scored 18 apiece, and Rajon Rondo had six points and four assists in his second game back from a torn knee ligament.

at San Antonio 110, Milwaukee 82: Patty Mills scored 20 points, Tim Duncan had 11 points and 13 rebounds in limited action, and the Spurs handed the Bucks their ninth straight loss. Marco Belinelli scored 14 points for San Antonio, which played without starters Tony Parker and Tiago Splitter, former starter Danny Green and three-point specialist Matt Bonner. Brandon Knight scored 21 points for Milwaukee.

at Oklahoma City 108, Sacramento 93: Kevin Durant scored 30 points, his seventh consecutive game with at least that many, to lead the Thunder past the Kings. Durant, coming off a career-high 54 points Friday against Golden State, shot 10 for 15 from the field and had nine assists. Serge Ibaka had 20 points for the Thunder, which won its third straight. Isaiah Thomas scored a career-high 38 points for the Kings, but Rudy Gay had only six points and was ejected in the fourth quarter.

at Phoenix 117, Denver 103: Channing Frye scored a season-high 30 points before sitting out the final 91/2 minutes as the Suns pulled away from the Nuggets. Frye, who missed all of last season for treatment of an enlarged heart, made 12 of 16 shots, five of seven from three-point range. Phoenix never trailed and improved to 3-0 this season against Denver, which has lost four of five.

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