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Avery Bradley of Celtics continues recent fine play

Celtics guard Avery Bradley drives past Toronto’s Kyle Lowry for 2 of his 20 points.
Celtics guard Avery Bradley drives past Toronto’s Kyle Lowry for 2 of his 20 points.yoon s. byun/globe staff

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Avery Bradley finished with 20 points and five rebounds, the third game in a row and fifth this month in which he has reached the 20-point mark.

He is averaging 17.8 points in January, a steady increase from the 15.6 he averaged in December and the 13.0 in November.

“He’s getting a lot better,” coach Brad Stevens said. “I think he’s got a steep curve.”

Early in Wednesday’s game, that Bradley would even be able to play enough to put up another big performance was in doubt. He left toward the end of the first quarter after scoring just 2 points.

Bradley’s self-diagnosis was “a little sprain or whatever.” The Celtics called it a bruised right hand.

Either way, it didn’t seem to bother him.

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