On this day: Boston snaps Orlando Magic’s 51-game home streak; Pinkney debuts, Theis born

April 4, 2024

The number 1 seed in the West will come down to the Nuggets, Thunder, Timberwolves and Clippers. But which team needs the top seed the most?On this day in Boston Celtics history, the team snapped the Orlando Magic’s 51-game home winning streak in 1996 — an NBA record at the time — with a 100-98 victory on the road. Orlando had not lost a home game to an opponent since April 1994.Point guard David Wesley led Boston with 22 points and 7 rebounds, and forward Rick Fox added 16 points, 6 boards, and 5 assists. Reserve guard Dee Brown contributed 15 points and 6 assists off the bench, and big man Pervis Ellison chipped in 13 points, 7 boards, and 6 blocks for the win.“Certainly, we’re not the same team with Penny [Hardaway] and Shaq both off the floor, but we’re still good enough to win this game this evening,” said Magic head coach Brian Hill after the loss (via the New York Times’ Clifton Brown). “We had a double-digit lead in the second half.”“We still should have won,” he added.Mar 28, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) drives to the net against Boston Celtics center Daniel Theis (27) during the first half at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA Today is also the birthday of Celtics center Daniel Theis, born this day in 1992 in Salzgitter, Germany.Theis played overseas in several European leagues — winning two German League titles while there — before joining Boston in 2017. He would play with the Celtics until the 2021 NBA trade deadline, which saw him dealt to the Chicago Bulls.The German big man played there and for the Houston Rockets before being traded from the latter back to Boston at the 2022 deadline. He averaged 7.2 points, 4.8 assists, and 1.2 assists per game with the team over five seasons before being dealt yet again to the Indiana Pacers.Finally, today is also the date of the debut of former Boston power forward Kevinn Pinkney, who signed a 10-day deal with the Celtics after going undrafted out of Nevada.Pinkney played just 6 games for the Celtics, logging 5.2 points and 2.5 boards per game with Boston.Boston Celtics decimate the Oklahoma City Thunder 135-100 as Kristaps Porzingis dominates on both endsFollow all of your favorite New England teams at Celtics Wire and Patriots Wire!Like this article?Sign up for our newsletter to get updates to your inbox, and also receive offers from us, our affiliates and partners. By signing up you agree to our Privacy PolicyReport: After collapse of Minnesota Timberwolves sale, Alex Rodriguez, Marc Lore to buy Boston Celtics in surprise moveCeltics WireFully Redesigned 2024 Dodge Ram 1500 Is Finaly Here (Take a Look)All-New Dodge Ram|Larry Bird calls LeBron James one of the greats, ‘if not the greatest ever’Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird recently explained why fans ought to embrace Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James.Celtics WireIs Payton Pritchard the next Jalen Brunson?Is Payton Pritchard having a similar impact to the Dallas Mavericks version of Jalen Brunson?Celtics WireAverage Cost To Rent A Private Jet May Surprise You (View Prices)Private JetsDan Shaughnessy shares some rare Larry Bird stories from the 1980s CelticsFew people had a better view of Boston Celtics history in the 1980s.Celtics Wire