Celtics 120, Magic 105

Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

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