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CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Quick starts are getting the Celtics results

Players cite defense, scouting reports

NEW YORK — The first quarter used to be an issue for the Celtics, who often fell into a deep hole and then spent the next three quarters trying to escape.

But they’ve been getting off to much better starts lately, especially Sunday, when they destroyed the Knicks, 114-73, at Madison Square Garden.

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