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Celtics forward Gordon Hayward drives past Orlando’s Gary Clark during Boston’s 122-119 overtime win Sunday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Hayward led the Celtics with 31 points. Kim Klement/Associated Press, Pool

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Gordon Hayward showed early just how aggressive he would be as he drove the lane. He provided another reminder late of how dangerous he can be with the ball in his hands.

Hayward hit three free throws with 2:29 left in overtime, and the Boston Celtics beat the Orlando Magic 122-119 on Sunday for their third straight victory.

The Celtics hadn’t scored in overtime until Hayward went to the line after being fouled by Nikola Vučević. His free throws put Boston up 115-114.

“When he’s attacking, we’re better because he just makes a lot of great reads with the ball,” Celtics Coach Brad Stevens said.

Hayward finished with 31 points. He also had nine rebounds and five assists, and he was 12 of 18 shooting, trying only five 3-pointers. Hayward said he tried to attack a little more in this game.

“I think that our team is at our best when I’m aggressive and attacking,” Hayward said. “It opens the court for everyone else. A lot of times when I’m attacking, it doesn’t necessarily end up in me scoring, but it can be a pass or an extra or something else.”

Jayson Tatum scored 29 points, including the tying basket with 4.2 seconds left in regulation. Jaylen Brown had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Brad Wanamaker scored 10 points.

Boston is into the No. 3 seed in the East. The Celtics now are 4-2 inside the bubble.

The Magic also have already clinched a playoff berth despite losing three straight. Even though his team was short-handed with Aaron Gordon missing his second straight because of a strained left hamstring and Evan Fournier out because of an illness, Orlando Coach Steve Clifford wasn’t happy.

“I just told them in the locker room that it wasn’t the effort I was looking for,” Clifford said. “We made a bunch of shots, but it’s got to be better than that.”

Vučević led Orlando with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Terrence Ross had 18 points and Markelle Fultz 16 off the bench. Gary Clark added 15 points, D.J. Augustin 12 and James Ennis III 10.

The Magic led by as much as five twice in the final 5:14 of regulation, the last on a 10-footer by Vučević with 48 seconds left. Tatum hit a 3-pointer, Daniel Theis blocked a shot by Augustin, then Tatum scored again to tie it at 112.

Tatum blocked a 3 by Ross with 2.1 seconds left, and Hayward missed a long heave that bounced off the backboard to send the game into overtime.

The Magic hit five of their first 10 3s and led by as much as seven in the first quarter before Boston pulled within 29-28 by the end of the quarter. Brown, who was 0-of-3 shooting in the first quarter, scored 11 points in the second as the Celtics were ahead 55-51 at halftime after leading by eight.

Boston led 87-86 at the end of the third quarter.

TIP-INS

Celtics: This was Hayward’s second game this season scoring at least 30 points. He had 39 on Nov. 5 at Cleveland. … Guard Kemba Walker had his minutes restriction eased a bit. It didn’t help his shooting, as he missed all five shots in the first half and had one point. He finished with four points on 1-of-9 shooting in 31 minutes. … The Celtics are 2-3 in overtime games this season.

Magic: Already without Jonathan Isaac, who tore his left ACL a week ago, they Magic were without a pair of starters with Gordon and Fourneir out. Guard Michael Carter-Williams missed his third game because of an injured left foot. … The Magic went 0-3 against Boston this season.


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