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Banged-up Celtics put hurt on Magic

Updated: January 24, 2012, 3:24 AM ET
By Peter May | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Hey, it only took 16 games. But after what we witnessed Monday night, you could say it was worth the wait. We might never see a Boston Celtics team play quite as well as this one did -- or see the Orlando Magic play quite as poorly as they did -- but isn't this what we all had been waiting for?

How does 87-56 sound against a "quality team"? It was a defensive tour de force. Or, as Magic coach Stan Van Gundy accurately described it, "an absolute beatdown."

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