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                   === Celtics squeak by Magic in Orlando ===
 Orlando, FL ( - Brandon Bass scored 16 points and the Boston
 Celtics beat the Orlando Magic for the ninth straight time with a 91-89 win on
 Friday night.
 Avery  Bradley had  14 points and Jordan Crawford and Courtney Lee both scored
 13  for the Celtics, who have won back-to-back games after starting the season
 Arron  Afflalo had  a game-high 23 points  for the Magic, who had a three-game
 winning  streak snapped  -- their longest since Dec. 14-19. Nikola Vucevic had
 12  points  in the first  quarter but scored just  two after that. He finished
 with a game-best 13 rebounds.
 "They  did a good job of taking away my post-ups," said Vucevic. "In the first
 quarter I was able to get some post-ups and pick-and-rolls and they took those
 Afflalo's  foot was on the 3-point line on a jumper he banked in from the left
 corner with 4.6 seconds left to get the Magic within 90-89. Bradley missed one
 of  his free throws at the other end, but Orlando's Victor Oladipo was stopped
 near midcourt and his desperation shot at the buzzer hit off the backboard.
 The  Magic's last win against the Celtics came on Christmas in 2010. They will
 get  their next  chance to end the streak  soon -- the teams play in Boston on
 Monday night.
 The Celtics beat Utah on Wednesday night to avoid tying a franchise record for
 worst  start  but first-year NBA  coach Brad Stevens  said the team isn't much
 different after two straight wins.
 "We  have  to get better," the  Celtics coach said.  "It's good to win, but we
 play  at Miami  on Saturday and they're  the best team in the league. It never
 stops. You have to ride the momentum but you can't let it consume you."
 The  Celtics turned a five-point deficit into a six-point lead with a 15-4 run
 in the third quarter. Bass scored six in the burst, including two on an alley-
 oop dunk set up by Jeff Green.
 They never trailed after that, though the game remained close.
 Vucevic  made five of his six shots for 12 points in the first quarter and the
 Magic  held the Celtics to 25.9 percent shooting. Eight of Vucevic's 12 points
 came during a 12-0 run that gave Orlando a 19-10 lead.
 The Magic led 24-17 going into the second quarter and went ahead by as many as
 12.  Lee had 11  points off the bench in the second for the Celtics, including
 nine  in a row to spark a 15-6 burst that got them within three. It remained a
 three-point Orlando lead at 49-46 going into halftime.
                                   Game Notes
 Jameer  Nelson had 12  points and seven assists for Orlando ... The Magic went
 3-1 on a four-game homestand and will play the Hawks in Atlanta on Saturday.
 11/08 23:13:16 ET