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Celtics cast a Magic spell to stun Orlando

THE Boston Celtics continued their winning run in the Eastern Conference with a 90-80 road victory over the previously top-ranked Orlando Magic on Thursday.

The Celtics' defense returned to the form that helped capture the National Basketball Association title last year, holding the Magic to 38 percent shooting and a season-low point total in snapping Orlando's seven-game winning streak.

"We got back to our bread and butter - things we worked on in training camp from day one, we're back to that," Kevin Garnett said.

"A year makes you better. We really do give two cents about each other. A lot of teams talk about it but we do it. It's not hard to work hard."

With the loss, the Magic (33-9) fell out of the top spot in the NBA.

Boston (36-9) stretched its own winning mark to seven in a row, led by 27 points and 10 rebounds from Paul Pierce and 16 points from Garnett.

In the day's only other NBA clash, the Los Angeles Lakers blasted the Washington Wizards 117-97.

In Orlando, Glen Davis contributed 16 points off the bench, providing the Celtics with a boost from the reserves for the second consecutive night in a row. Eddie House had 25 in Boston's 98-83 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday.

Hedo Turkoglu led the way with 22 points and Rashard Lewis had 20 for the Magic, who shot just 7-for-22 from the three-point line.

All-Star big man Dwight Howard was limited to just 11 points and 11 rebounds while being defended by a host of Celtics players, including Kendrick Perkins, who played in his second game since returning from a shoulder injury.

Boston began the third quarter with a 12-4 spurt to take a commanding 56-40 lead with 5:24 remaining in the period.

Orlando pulled within 84-77 on a jumper by Jameer Nelson with 2:02 left, but it was as close as the Magic would get. Nelson finished with 17 points on 6-for-16 shooting and his Orlando team managed just 36 points in the first half.

"It's good to play these games. There is no question it gets you ready," said Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy.

"I am not making too much of one game (though) so I'm not worried about it."

The Celtics latest streak has come on the heels of their season-worst 2-7 slump. They have won their last five games by double figures.

In Los Angeles, the home team maintained its outright lead in the league percentage standings with a comfortable win over struggling Washington.

Andrew Bynum had 23 points and 14 rebounds and Pau Gasol added 18 points for the Lakers.

On the third anniversary of his franchise-record 81-point game, Kobe Bryant had 11 points, five assists and four rebounds in 28 minutes for Los Angeles.


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