The Celtics are stepping it up especially on D, even without their star forward Gordon Hayward.

With the score of 104-88, the Boston Celtics grabbed their eight straight win against the resurgent Orlando Magic. The Magic entered the game as the league’s top 3-pt shooting team at 42.1% and seventh-ranked offense while the Celtics’ offense did not look smooth early. However, it is their defense once again who brought them to victory, holding Orlando to 36.3% shooting.

Boston’s current eight-game winning streak is their longest one since the 2010-2011 season and it is remarkable that they have achieved such feat considering what happened to their star forward Gordon Hayward and the influx of their new players. Young Celtics like Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have stepped up nicely to fill the void and with Brad Stevens’ constant tinkering of lineups, they are currently at the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

In their winning streak, the Celtics are holding their opponents to no more than 94 ppg. Considering the propensity for high scoring especially in this day and age, that is quite impressive for a relatively young team.

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