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               === Celtics send Magic to eighth straight loss ===
 
 Boston,  MA (Sports  Network)  - Paul  Pierce and  Kevin  Garnett each  posted
 double-doubles  and the  now-weakened Celtics  bench did  the rest,  as Boston
 handed the Orlando Magic an eighth straight loss, 97-84, on Friday.
 
 Just  hours  after learning key reserve  Jared Sullinger will miss the rest of
 the  season following back surgery, the Celtics shot 50 percent from the floor
 and held the Magic to 38 percent shooting to win going away.
 
 Pierce  logged 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, while Garnett chipped
 in  14  points and 10 boards  as Boston climbed  back to .500 with their third
 straight win -- all without All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo.
 
 Jeff  Green  netted 17 points,  and fellow  reserves Leandro Barbosa and Jason
 Terry each chipped in 12 in the rout. Courtney Lee, Rondo's replacement in the
 starting lineup, rounded out the double-digit scorers with 14.
 
 "With  the  injuries a number of  guys are stepping  up and that's what we are
 going  to need throughout the rest of the season," Pierce said. "It can't just
 be on one or two guys, it's got to come collectively."
 
 The Magic, playing their first game since Glen Davis broke his left foot, were
 also  missing Arron Afflalo  and had another starter go down late in the first
 half when Jameer Nelson suffered a left forearm contusion.
 
 "It's  part  of basketball,  and we'll  continue to deal  with it," Magic head
 coach  Jacque Vaughn said  of the recent injury bug. "It makes other guys have
 to fill in and fill rolls and we'll keep at it."
 
 J.J.  Redick had a team-high 15 points, while Andrew Nicholson, Nikola Vucevic
 and E'Twaun Moore all had 14 in defeat.
 
 Boston's bench scored 13 points in the first quarter, including the last seven
 as the hosts jumped out to a 25-18 lead.
 
 A  20-footer from  Garnett stretched Boston's lead to 35-24 midway through the
 second, and it was still an 11-point game, 46-35, at the break.
 
 A  Moore 3-point play pulled the Magic within 57-54 with five minutes to go in
 the  third, but the Celtics scored nine of the next 11 points to rebuild their
 double-digit  lead.  Pierce's layup  and two  free throws  in the final minute
 yielded a 72-59 advantage heading into the fourth.
 
 Green,  Garnett and Barbosa each scored on Boston's first three possessions of
 the fourth quarter, and it was a double-digit game the rest of the way.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Boston  has won seven straight meetings against the Magic ... Pierce was three
 assists  shy of  his eighth career triple-double ... Nelson is day-to-day with
 his injury, as is Afflalo, who has missed the last three games with a strained
 calf  ... Vucevic pulled down a game-high 14 boards ... The Magic shot 3-of-19
 from behind the arc.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 02/01 23:57:14 ET

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