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BOSTON -- The suddenly sizzling Boston Celtics roared to their fourth straight victory Monday

night.

Guard Avery Bradley went 10-for-15 from the floor and led seven players in double figures with

24 points and Boston beat the Orlando Magic for the second time in four nights, cruising to a 120

-105 win.

The Celtics, left for dead with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry traded to Brooklyn

and Rajon Rondo still recovering from knee surgery, started the season with four straight losses

but have brought the record to 4-4 with four wins in six days.

All this as their fans and the local media talked about losing as many games in Brad Stevens'

first year as an NBA coach as possible to get into the lottery of what is to be a strong NBA

draft.

Guard Jordan Crawford scored 16 points, dished out 10 assists and grabbed five rebounds. Rookie

center Kelly Olynyk, getting his second pro start, also scored 16 points and had seven rebounds.

Guard Jeff Green, the last-second hero in Miami Saturday night, also scored 16.

The Celtics shot 60 percent from the floor.

Guard Aaron Afflalo led six Magic players in double figures with 18 points, while rookie guard

Victor Oladipo came off the bench with 17 points. Center Nikola Vucevic had 15 points and 10

rebounds as the Magic (3-5) dropped their third in a row.

Before the game, Stevens, asked what he'd like to see his team do in this game, said, "First of

all, we have to make perimeter jump shots." The Celtics then went out and, hitting shots from all

over, shot 62.5 percent in the first half.

Midway through the third quarter, Boston was hitting at a 64 percent clip. And the ball

movement was terrific.

NOTES: The game was a matchup of the NBA's two youngest coaches: Boston's Brad Stevens the

youngest at 37, while counterpart Jacque Vaughan is 38. ... The Celtics have two more games at

home this week, with the Charlotte Bobcats visiting Wednesday and the Portland Trail Blazers

Friday. The Magic have the next three at home, starting with Wednesday's game against the

Milwaukee Bucks. ... The Celtics' 0-4 start (followed by the winning streak) was the club's first

since 1969, the year after Bill Russell and K.C. Jones retired. That team also won the next three

but then lost seven straight and never reached .500. ... These teams combined to shoot 37.6

percent from the field Friday night in Orlando. ... Stevens, on his team's defense: "I'm the wrong

person to ask about how solid we are defensively. I'm not sold yet. I don't think we've defended

yet for a full 48 (minutes)." On the other side, the Magic came into the game fourth in the league

in defensive efficiency, Vaughan saying, "It's really just an effort level, a mindset of doing

your job over and over again." ... The Celtics had a pre-game moment of silence for the typhoon

victims in the Philippines. They also played interviews with veterans on the big screen throughout

the game.
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