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NBA: Boston 97, Orlando 84

Feb. 1, 2013 at 11:15 PM   |   Comments

BOSTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Jeff Green highlighted a strong bench performance with 17 points Friday, boosting Boston past Orlando 97-84 in the Magic's eighth straight loss.

Boston learned Friday that reserve Jared Sullinger would miss the rest of the season due to back surgery, but the Celtics' bench players responded by scoring 43 points.

Green had 17 while non-starters Leandro Barbosa and Jason Terry added 12 each.

Orlando reduced an 11-point halftime deficit to three late in the third period, but by the time that quarter was over the Celtics had rebuilt a 13-point cushion and they were not threatened in the fourth quarter.

Paul Pierce had 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for Boston, which won its third straight game to get back to the breakeven mark. They have won all three without point guard Rajon Rondo.

Orlando was also shorthanded -- missing Glen Davis with a broken foot and Arron Afflalo with a strained calf. J.J. Redick scored 15 points to lead Orlando.

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