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Shane Larkin

Celtics soar to early 28-point lead, beat Magic 118-103

Even as they won 16 games in a row, the Boston Celtics didn't make it easy on themselves.

A 16-point deficit against Atlanta. Down 13 in the fourth to Dallas. Double-digit deficits in three straight games, in fact, that Boston erased en route to the fourth-longest winning streak in franchise history.

The Celtics knew they couldn't continue to count on comebacks, and Friday night they didn't need one after opening with a blistering first quarter and coasting to a 118-103 victory over the Orlando Magic.

"Our guys came out focused, ready to play," said Al Horford, who had seven of his career high-tying 10 assists in the first quarter. "We finally got a...

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