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Celtics Defeat Clippers

G Fiume/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The Boston Celtics have been doing all right without Rajon Rondo.

Boston moved to 4-0 without their All-Star point guard by defeating the Los Angeles Clippers, 106-104 on Sunday at the TD Garden.

The Celtics (24-23) got 22 points from Paul Pierce, including the clinching 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left.

"A lot of people say that we don't have a chance to go to the playoffs, we can't do this, we can't do that," guard Avery Bradley said. "We know we have each other and we're going to go out there and fight for each other, no matter what, every single night."

Los Angeles (34-15) trimmed a 98-83 deficit to just two before commiting an offensive foul and allowing the Pierce dagger. They played their seventh straight game without point guard Chris Paul due to injury.

"We're just a little out of rhythm," Los Angeles forward Matt Barnes said. "Guys are just playing a little out of position, but that's no excuse."

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Celtics Edge Heat 100-98 In Double Overtime 

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- On the same day they lost All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo to a torn ACL, the Boston Celtics came out and got their biggest win of the season.

Paul Pierce notched a triple-double and hit the go-ahead jumper with 35 seconds left to lead the Celtics to a 100-98 double overtime win over the Miami Heat, snapping a six-game losing streak.  Pierce totaled 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

Kevin Garnett added 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who improved to 21-23 with the victory.

LeBron James had 34 points, 16 rebounds, and seven assists in the loss for the Heat (28-13), who came into the game winners of four straight.

Heat guard Ray Allen played his first game in Boston since leaving the Celtics after five seasons.  He scored 21 points in 38 minutes and was booed loudly by the crowd throughout the game.

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Celtics @ Heat Preview

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat are one of three games Tuesday that will kick off the 2012-2013 NBA season.

The last time the two teams met, the Heat won a decisive Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals.

A lot has changed since that game. The Celtics signed guards Jason Terry and Courtney Lee, and Jeff Green has returned from heart surgery. As for the Heat, they have signed former Celtic Ray Allen, a move that has caused quite a bit of animosity between Allen and his former team.

Still, Celtics forward Paul Pierce knows it's time to move on. "We're not going to make this into a Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rondo thing." Pierce said. "Right now my focus is playing in the game tomorrow versus the Miami Heat. Everything that has happened has already happened. You know, he's here...he's happy to be here and you wish him the best for his family and his situation. But I'm more focused in on the Boston Celtics." 

The Celtics and Heat will tip off in Miami Tuesday night, at approximately 8 p.m Eastern.

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Celtics' Paul Pierce Considering Leaving Boston After Contract Expires

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For 14 years, forward Paul Pierce has been a core member of the Boston Celtics. Even though he's one of the greatest to put on a Celtics uniform, he may be open to finishing his career for another team.

"I think I am going to play this one out," Pierce told the Boston Globe when asked about his current deal which expires after the 2013-2014 season. "I want to see what it feels like to be a free agent for once in my life. I think I am going to play this one out. A lot can change in two years. My body (may not) be where I want it to be, I could retire, a lot of things could happen. It's not about the money at this point. I love the game. I made as much money as I possibly can. It's about winning a championship."

Pierce was drafted tenth overall by the Celtics in the 1998 NBA Draft. During that time, he's made numerous All-Star teams, and was the NBA Finals MVP when the Celtics won the NBA Title during the 2007-2008 season.

The 34-year old Pierce has averaged 22.0 points per game for his career. He is 25th all-time in NBA history for total points scored.

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Heat Eliminate Celtics, 100-88

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) --  The Boston Celtics fought a good fight, but when the dust settled the Miami Heat had won Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals, 100-88, sending the Heat to their second NBA finals in two years.

The game was close until the end. The Celtics didn't trail from the middle of the first quarter to the end of the third. They had a one point lead with eight minutes left, but then Miami's stars came to play.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh scored a combined 20 points in those final eight minutes to close out the game.

LeBron James led all scorers with 31 points. He also added 12 boards in the win.

"Everybody was in tune today," James said. "We wanted to give our fans a big win tonight and we were able to do that. Everybody had a big part of this win."

Chris Bosh scored 19 points from off the bench and hit a career-high three 3-pointers.

LeBron James talked about the importance of Bosh.

"Every shot, every defensive play, every defensive rebound, his energy and his effort....we missed him," James said of Bosh who missed nine playoff games with an oblique injury. "We're happy to have him back at the right time."

Rajon Rondo had his fourth triple-double of the postseason in the loss.

The Celtics loss may mark the end of the original "Big Three" (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen)

"Overall, I don't know if I ever had a group like this," Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said. "I had a group in Orlando that I'm found of, the heart and hustle group. They're very similar to that group."

The Heat now play the Oklahoma City Thunder for the right to hold the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

Game 1 is Tuesday in Oklahoma City. Tip-off is at approximately 9PM ET.

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Celtics Bump the Heat 94-90, Head to Boston Up 3-2

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat traded punches all night, but when it was all done, the Celtics walked away with a 94-90 victory, giving them a 3-2 advantage in the NBA Eastern Conference finals.

Celtics forward Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 26 points.

"Tonight we just fought...we fought," Garnett told reporters after the game. "We knew what the circumstances were coming down here. Everybody was locked in."

With just under a minute left in the game, Celtics up one, Boston captain Paul Pierce hit a three pointer. Afterwards many people were calling it the shot of the game.

"You got to play on instincts," Pierce said when describing the late game play. "I saw him back up (LeBron), it gave me a step...I knew it was in my range. The shot clock was winding down and I just took the shot. You know being in those moments so many times and understanding what your team needs...and being able to get the best shot for us. I thought that was the best shot, and I was able to knock it down."

LeBron James led all scorers with 30 points.

"We wouldn't want to be in this situation," James said. "But like I said, we never get to high or get to low in this series. We had an opportunity to come home and take a lead but we didn't, so we have to go up to Boston and win a game."

Game 6 is Thursday in Boston. Tip-off is at approximately 8:30 PM ET.

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Heat Smoke Boston 93-79, Take Game 1 of Conference Finals

Miami Heat/NBA(MIAMI) -- Miami Heat forward LeBron James scored 32 points and grabbed 13 boards, as the Heat smoked the Boston Celtics 93-79, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

"We felt we could have played better and I'm sure they felt the same thing," Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said. "But we were able to find a way to grind it and you have to do that against this team."

The Heat shot a season-high 77.8 percent from the paint. Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, who scored a team high of 23 points, talked about their interior defense.

"We can't beat this team by giving them layups," Garnett said. "I thought they did a real good job of being aggressive...getting to the basket. We got to be more disciplined to our defense and believe in it."

Garnett and the Celtics will get a chance to believe again on Wednesday in Miami. Game 2 starts at 8:30 PM Eastern time.

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Bass Leads Celtics Past 76ers 101-85, Celtics Lead Series 3-2

Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) --  Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass scored a career playoff high of 27 points, including 18 in the third quarter, leading the Celtics to a 101-85 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Boston now leads their Eastern Conference Semifinal series 3-2.

"He kept the game simple in the second half," Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said of Bass. "Didn't try to do to much. He let the game come to him and he trusted his teammates. Like I always say, it's a make miss league. He made shots and that was great, but I thought he played with the right spirit."

Bass is the only Celtic player to score double figures in all five games of this series.

Game 6 is Wednesday night in Philadelphia. Tip-off is at 8 PM ET.

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Celtics Cruise Past 76ers, 107-91, Take 2-1 Series Lead

Boston Celtics/NBA(PHILADELPHIA) -- Kevin Garnett must have made a trip to the fountain of youth.

"Old-man" Garnett was as dominant as could be on Wednesday night during the Celtics 107-91 rout of the 76ers in game 3. Garnett scored 27 points and pulled in 13 rebounds in the victory.

But after the game, Garnett was focused on game 4.

"When you beat a team like this at home, you have to expect them coming out with a lot of energy," Garnett said. "But we'll be ready and we'll have a lot of energy ourselves."

Rajon Rondo recorded 23 points and 14 assists and Paul Pierce rounded out the Big 3 with 24 points.

"We just wanted to come out and establish who we are as a team," Pierce said.

After the game, Sixers head coach Doug Collins said his team saw a different team than in game 2.

"We ran into a Celtics team that had a real sense of purpose about them," coach Doug Collins said. "You could see in moment one, they were looking to push that ball in every situation."

Boston now leads the series 2-1.

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Garnett Leads Celtics Into the Second Round

Boston Celtics/NBA(BOSTON) -- The moral of the story is don't call Kevin Garnett a dirty player.  Atlanta Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. called Garnett "the dirtiest guy in the league," and Garnett responded by scoring 28 points, grabbing 14 boards and blocking five shots leading the Boston Celtics to a series ending 83-30 victory over the Hawks.

"I want to say thank you to their owner for giving me some extra gas tonight," Garnett said. "Just because you got a bunch of money it doesn't mean you can open your mouth."

With teammates Paul Pierce and Ray Allen beat up, Garnetts emergence was huge.

"He was phenomenal," Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said. "He bailed us out. I'm mean you could see Ray (Allen), his legs couldn't get into the shot. I've never seen him miss that many free-throws in my life. Paul (Pierce) just gave us everything he had, but didn't have a lot. And then Kevin was fantastic."

The Celtics advance to the second round of the playoffs for the fifth straight year.

They will play the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Game 1 is Saturday at 8 PM ET in Boston.

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