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Magic Held to Franchise-Record Low 56 Points in Loss to Celtics

Jan. 24 (Bloomberg) -- The Orlando Magic set a franchise record for fewest points scored in last night’s 87-56 loss to the Boston Celtics, who logged their first victory over a team with a winning record this season.

Dwight Howard was the only Orlando player to score in double figures, totaling 18 points and 14 rebounds in Boston as the Magic (11-5) had a four-game road winning streak halted.

Orlando’s previous franchise-low point total was 57 in a Dec. 4, 1996, loss to Cleveland. Since the 24-second shot clock was introduced in 1954, the fewest points scored by one team in a National Basketball Association game is 49, by the Chicago Bulls against the Miami Heat on April 10, 1999.

Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass each scored 19 points for the Celtics (7-9), who had been 0-6 this season against teams with a winning record. The 56 points matched the fewest allowed by Boston during the shot clock era.

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