O'Neal, Howard get into it during game

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O'Neal, Howard get into it during game

BOSTON -- Emotions ran high in the third quarter of the Boston Celtics 87-56 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday night as Jermaine ONeal and Dwight Howard were issued double technical fouls and had to be separated by teammates.

From ONeals point of view, he had grown tired of absorbing Howards elbows on defense. From Howards point of view, he didnt appreciate ONeal putting his hand in his face.

The end result was a tangle of players and a pair of technicals with 7:34 remaining in the third.

It didn't necessarily start with that particular play, said ONeal, who was also called for a personal foul on the play. It started with a couple elbows that happened that I didn't really like too much. This game is a very emotional game, and I think sometimes you react and sometimes it can be good for the team, sometimes it can be bad for the team.

Said Howard, I wasnt about to get into it or go back into it with him. But thats kind of crossing the line when somebody put their hand in your face. And I just got to put his hand out of my face. I didnt run up on him because its basketball. Were not MMA fighters.

The Celtics will face the Magic in Orlando on Thursday.

Thursday's lineups: Red Sox vs. Braves

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Thursday's lineups: Red Sox vs. Braves

BOSTON -- The Red Sox and Braves play the finale of their home-and-home, four-game series tonight . . . to the Sox' dismay, no doubt.

Boston has won the first three games by a combined score of 21-8, extending its overall winning streak to four. The Sox have also won five of their last six, and six of their last eight, as they've closed to within a half-game of the first-place Orioles in the A.L. East. In addition, they now hold one of the two A.L. wild-card positions.

The lineups:

BRAVES:
Nick Markakis RF
Daniel Castro 3B
Adonis Garcia DH
Freddie Freeman 1B
A.J. Pierzynski C
Jeff Francoeur LF
Jace Peterson 2B
Erick Aybar SS
Mallex Smith CF
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Jhoulys Chacin P

RED SOX:
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young LF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Christian Vazquez C
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Clay Buchholz P

Wyc Grousbeck: Celtics season ticket renewals at 98% for next season

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Wyc Grousbeck: Celtics season ticket renewals at 98% for next season

Celtics Managing Partner and CEO Wyc Grousbeck talks with Toucher & Rich about the 98% renewals on season tickets for next year, and how that is unheard of.