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Celtics lock up seventh seed with 120-88 rout of Magic

  • Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, right, makes a shot over Orlando Magic's Nikola Vucevic (9), of Montenegro during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, right, makes a shot over Orlando Magic's Nikola Vucevic (9), of Montenegro during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Orlando Magic's Beno Udrih, center, of Slovenia, shoots against Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass, right, Kevin Garnett (5) and Jeff Green (8) as Magic's Nikola Vucevic (9), of Montenegro, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Orlando Magic's Beno Udrih, center, of Slovenia, shoots against Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass, right, Kevin Garnett (5) and Jeff Green (8) as Magic's Nikola Vucevic (9), of Montenegro, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) slips and falls to the floor on a drive against the Orlando Magic during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) slips and falls to the floor on a drive against the Orlando Magic during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett (5) makes a move to get around Orlando Magic's Kyle O'Quinn, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett (5) makes a move to get around Orlando Magic's Kyle O'Quinn, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) drives around Orlando Magic's Maurice Harkless (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) drives around Orlando Magic's Maurice Harkless (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Orlando Magic's Kyle O'Quinn (2) grabs Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) and draws the foul to stop him from shooting during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Orlando Magic's Kyle O'Quinn (2) grabs Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) and draws the foul to stop him from shooting during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) makes a shot over Orlando Magic's Tobias Harris (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) makes a shot over Orlando Magic's Tobias Harris (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Orlando Magic's Kyle O'Quinn (2) grabs Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) and draws the foul to stop him from shooting during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Orlando Magic's Kyle O'Quinn (2) grabs Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) and draws the foul to stop him from shooting during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34), left, and Celtics guard Courtney Lee (11), right, react seconds after the end of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34), left, and Celtics guard Courtney Lee (11), right, react seconds after the end of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34), left, and Celtics guard Courtney Lee (11), right, react seconds after the end of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34), left, and Celtics guard Courtney Lee (11), right, react seconds after the end of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, right, makes a shot over Orlando Magic's Nikola Vucevic (9), of Montenegro during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Orlando Magic's Beno Udrih, center, of Slovenia, shoots against Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass, right, Kevin Garnett (5) and Jeff Green (8) as Magic's Nikola Vucevic (9), of Montenegro, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) slips and falls to the floor on a drive against the Orlando Magic during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett (5) makes a move to get around Orlando Magic's Kyle O'Quinn, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) drives around Orlando Magic's Maurice Harkless (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Orlando Magic's Kyle O'Quinn (2) grabs Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) and draws the foul to stop him from shooting during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) makes a shot over Orlando Magic's Tobias Harris (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Orlando Magic's Kyle O'Quinn (2) grabs Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) and draws the foul to stop him from shooting during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34), left, and Celtics guard Courtney Lee (11), right, react seconds after the end of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34), left, and Celtics guard Courtney Lee (11), right, react seconds after the end of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Courtney Lee scored 20 points and Jeff Green added 17 as the Boston Celtics cruised to a 120-88 victory over the Orlando Magic last night.

The win locked up the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference for Boston, which never trailed in beating Orlando for the eighth straight time.

All five Celtics starters reached double figures, with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce scoring 14 and 12 points, respectively, after sitting out Friday against Miami.

Tobias Harris led the Magic with 22 points, and Nik Vucevic added 16 points and 12 rebounds.

The Celtics conclude their regular-season schedule against Indiana on Tuesday and visit Toronto on Wednesday.

Orlando hasn’t won back-to-back games since December. The Magic play their final home game of season tomorrow against Chicago, and head to Miami for the season finale on Wednesday.

Celtics Coach Doc Rivers re-inserted Pierce and Garnett into the starting lineup against the Magic after they had rested their sore ankles the previous night.

They made an immediate impact, combining for 20 first-half points as the Celtics built a 20-point halftime advantage.

Garnett missed only one of his eight shots on the night.

The Celtics were able to add to their cushion in the second half against the young Magic, who are showing more signs of a team ambling toward the conclusion of an injury-plagued transition season.

With the exception of Harris and Vucevic, the Magic were mostly passive offensively and were a step behind on defense most of the night as Boston was able to work the ball around for easy looks.

The only brief moment of peril for Boston came late in the third quarter when Green remained on the floor after planting awkwardly on his left leg.

He stayed down a few minutes during a timeout, but was able to remain in the game.

NOTES

∎ Boston guard Jason Terry was given the night off by Rivers, marking his first missed game of the season.

∎ Rivers said that though he’ll be cautious with their minutes over their final regular-season games, he wants to get his starters in playoff shape. “I’m not looking for anything for them, to be honest,” Rivers said. “I just want them to play a game here or there to get ready for the playoffs. I’m not looking for any signs or anything like that. That’s gonna be our lineup.”

∎ The Magic used their 29th different starting lineup of the season.

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