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ORLANDO, Fla. A.J. Jenkins Jersey . -- The Boston Celtics will be the first to admit that they arent playing their best defensive basketball right now. But having two of the leagues best closers and one of its top point guards certainly helps with the rough patches. Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Paul Pierce added 23 points and Rajon Rondo was one rebound shy of a triple double with 15 points and 16 assists as the Boston Celtics outlasted the Orlando Magic 116-110 in overtime Sunday night. The win was their second straight overall and sixth consecutive over the Magic. Pierce had 14 points after halftime, and said that despite his teams recent struggles defensively, it was a much needed character building kind of victory. "Thats what its all about," he said. "Finding a way to win. Not feeling sorry for ourselves late about giving up a pretty good lead. And just finding a way to grind it out. And thats what we did." J.J. Redick scored 21 and Jameer Nelson had 20 for the Magic, whose loss snapped a two-game win streak. Orlando led by as many as seven in the fourth quarter, but had 19 turnovers that led to 23 Celtics points. It was the seventh straight game in which the Magic have had at least 15 turnovers. It was also the latest in a string of games in which their own miscues cost them a win. "We had our chances. We definitely had our chances in overtime," Redick said. "We had a couple of bad possessions offensively. Well learn from that. ...You can talk about experience or execution. They just executed better than us in the end." After some early back-and-forth, the Celtics broke the overtime stalemate and took a 113-108 lead on a 3-pointer by Pierce, and layup by Rondo with 1:37 left. Nelson scored on a driving layup to trim it to three and the Magic got the ball back after Rondo came up with air on a 21-footer as the shot clock wound down. But Nelson fired up an off balance 3 on Orlandos ensuing touch, and following a foul, Garnett connected 1 of 2 free throws on the other end to make it 114-110 to lock up the victory. "Overall I thought we didnt play very well. I thought they played great," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "They played hard. Its like I said before the game, if you dont come in this game and play them and dont think hard basketball, youre not going to win. "Whether you have more talent or not, I thought that was a good lesson for our guys," Rivers said. It was a disappointing finish for what was a masterful second half by Nelson in which he carried the Magic nearly singlehandedly with 17 points in the final two quarters and overtime. "Overall we did a good job of playing against their veteran team," Nelson said. "Weve got such a young team. Theres a lot we can learn from this game." Nelson scored the Magics final eight points of the third quarter, including a fade away jumper to end the period to give the Magic a two-point edge entering the fourth. The lead grew as big as seven on a 3-pointer by Arron Afflalo with just over eight minutes remaining. The Celtics werent deterred, though, and immediately went on a 10-2 run to take the lead back at 98-97. Redick tied it again at 100 with a 3-pointer, but couldnt connect on a lob to Afflalo after chasing down a loose ball. The Celtics returned the favour with a turnover of their own, leading to a driving layup by Glen Davis. Boston quickly tied it again, and collected a rebound on its next possession after a missed jumper by Nelson with 30.4 left. After a Celtics timeout, Garnett missed an open jumper just inside the free throw line, but the ball caromed off a Magic player giving them another chance. But Pierce missed a leaning jumper at the buzzer to send it to overtime. Magic coach Jacque Vaughn shared Nelsons take on the positives that can come out of Sundays setback. "This is a great experience for us," Vaughn said. "We had guys contribute off the bench. Josh (McRoberts) came in and played some great minutes for us in regulation and overtime. And its a great sign to see guys wanting to play, waiting to play for each other, and contributing. So well put it all together." The Celtics return home on Wednesday for a pair of home games, beginning with Brooklyn on Wednesday. Though they still have several kinks to work out on the defensive end during their days off from game action, Garnett said he likes where his team is right now. The numbers might say otherwise right now, but he said their identity is still rooted in defence. "Were a defensive team that can score the basketball," Garnett said. "We always have been. As long as Docs going to be here, thats how its going to be." NOTES: Rondo has now had at least 10 assists in 37 consecutive games. ... 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The suit contends Goodell has undermined "the integrity of the NFL and the Commissioners office" by handing down punishments to Vilma and others based on evidence that is either flawed or cannot be substantiated.Josh Johnson has no idea how much hell play behind 49ers starter Alex Smith, or if the backup job is even his to earn ahead of second-year pro Colin Kaepernick. He isnt too worried about his role just yet. For now, Johnson is thrilled to be reunited with reigning NFL Coach of the Year Jim Harbaugh, his former college coach who took a chance on the undersized quarterback at the University of San Diego. Harbaugh developed the 5-foot-11, 145-pound Oakland Tech prep star into a record-setting QB in Southern California. The 49ers now have four quarterbacks on the roster, which Johnson insists isnt a big deal. Smith signed a three-year contract Wednesday, a day after Peyton Manning was formally introduced by the Denver Broncos. The 49ers had been among the finalists to land the four-time NFL MVP. "Ive been in worse situations. Ive been in camps where there were five guys," Johnson said. "Its about taking advantage of the opportunity that you get." He played his first career game of racquetball with Harbaugh, Smith and Kaepernick when he met with the team Thursday. Johnson visited the Redskins on Wednesday. The familiarity with Harbaugh was a huge draw to the Bay Area -- not to mention being part of a turnaround that began with the teams run to the NFC championship game last season in Harbaughs first year. "My college career told me, Look at what I did playing for these coaches, playing in this offence. I had tremendous success. Carlos Rogers Jersey. We won so many games. We accomplished so much as a team and changed so much for San Diego," Johnson said. "Why not do that in the pros as well, to grow up in the pros under the same coaching staff? (Harbaugh) showed me how to trust in all my abilities. Coming out of high school, my body was still developing so I kind of doubted myself. He showed me how to play the quarterback position with confidence and to be precise with everything." The 25-year-old Johnson started five games in four seasons with Tampa Bay. He completed 96 of 177 passes for 1,042 yards, five touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 26 career appearances. He believes he will continue to get better under Harbaugh. So far, they havent even discussed where Johnson fits in -- and he is perfectly fine being patient and paying his dues. Scott Tolzien is the other quarterback on the roster. "I didnt get into the specifics. It wasnt necessary," Johnson said. "As a quarterback, theres one guy out there and its about reps. I was told Id get an opportunity to continue to develop. ... They had a great year last year and I know the success will continue because Ive played for this coaching staff already. I know what they expect out of their players, details that go into the preparation every week. They put their players in the best (position) to be successful. Im just excited to be part of that again." ' ' '

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