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Cetics are putting it together

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The NBA is calling this the regular season, though it has been anything but for the Celtics.

On Monday, the Celtics jumped out to a 33-15 first-quarter lead in defeating the Charlotte Bobcats, 102-95. A week earlier, a couple hundred miles south, the Celtics trailed Atlanta, 15-12, after one quarter on the way to a 79-76 win.

In between, the Celtics visited Milwaukee and Philadelphia, stopping off at home to play Washington. The Celtics won four of those five games, continuing a climb that started after the All-Star break.

The Celtics (27-22), who host Utah Wednesday night, have won 12 of 17 games since Feb. 28. They have shown they will contend for the Atlantic Division lead, which would mean no lower than a No. 4 playoff seeding. But the Celtics have had to be resourceful to do so.

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Bradley getting comfortable as a starter

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Avery Bradley has brought a new dimension to the Celtics’ starting lineup since replacing injured Ray Allen. While his offensive numbers do not match Allen’s, he has provided the team with another staunch backcourt defender - just witness how he bottled up Miami’s Dwyane Wade in Sunday’s 91-72 win at TD Garden.

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Ray Allen misses 5th straight game

Ray Allen misses 5th straight game | boston celtics | Scoop.it

Allen tested his ankle in the team's shootaround Friday morning and was planning to play against the Minnesota Timberwolves. But coach Doc Rivers says Allen wasn't able to go once he arrived at Target Center.

Getting the sharp-shooter back would be a big lift for the surging Celtics, who have won three in a row and five of their last six. Allen is averaging 14.6 points and hitting 46.3 percent of his 3-pointers this season

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Pierce miss spoils late Celtics surge

Pierce miss spoils late Celtics surge | boston celtics | Scoop.it

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Rallying from a 17-point deficit to take a 2-point lead in the final 3 minutes, the Celtics were faced with a final chance to win the game. And once again Paul Pierce was handed the responsibility of getting the Celtics a critical home victory with a clinching shot.

With 7.9 seconds left, he gathered the inbounds pass from Ray Allen, dribbled to the right side of a pick-and-roll created by Kevin Garnett that forced a favorable one-on-one matchup with Tim Duncan. Instead of taking the veteran center to the basket, Pierce opted for a step-back jumper that bounced off the side rim at the buzzer.

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Amazon.com: Boston Celtics 14K Gold Basketball 3/4'' Pendant: Sports & Outdoors

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Garnett powers Celtics to 94-82 win over the jazz

Garnett powers Celtics to 94-82 win over the jazz | boston celtics | Scoop.it

BOSTON—Kevin Garnett found Keyon Dooling for a 3-pointer. Then the Boston big man hit a fallaway jumper of his own. Back at the other end, Garnett grabbed a rebound to start a fast break that ended with Avery Bradley at the free throw line.

Just like that, the Celtics broke open a tie game and took a seven-point lead they never relinquished.

Garnett had 23 points and 10 rebounds on Wednesday night to lead Boston to a 94-82 victory over the Utah Jazz and move the Celtics back into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division. Garnett had 10 points and three assists in the fourth quarter, when Boston recovered after blowing an 18-point lead.

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Spurs hold on, Beat the Celtics 87-86

Spurs hold on, Beat the Celtics 87-86 | boston celtics | Scoop.it

Duncan prevented Pierce from driving to the basket, forcing him to take a fadeaway jumper that clanged off the rim at the buzzer and the San Antonio Spurs held on for their ninth straight win, 87-86 over Boston on Wednesday night.

"It was make or miss. I just didn't want him to go by me," said Duncan, who had 10 points and 16 rebounds. "To be honest with you, he probably got the shot he wanted."

Pierce had 15 points and 10 rebounds, but he couldn't maneuver into open space after Boston inbounded the ball with 7.9 seconds left. The 6-foot-11 Duncan stayed on him, forcing the 6-foot-7 Pierce to step back near the top of the key for a floater.

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Rondo has a triple-double as a Celtics

Rondo has a triple-double as a Celtics | boston celtics | Scoop.it

BOSTON—Rajon Rondo got his pregame orders from Doc Rivers. The Celtics coach wanted his point guard to concentrate on scoring.

Rondo did that -- and so much more.

He finished with 16 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, and Boston handed Miami its biggest loss of the season, pulling away with a dominant third quarter for a 91-72 win over the Heat on Sunday.

Rondo had eight assists in that period when the Celtics outscored the Heat 31-12, turning a 49-44 halftime lead into an 80-56 advantage. They stayed ahead by at least 19 the rest of the way for their fifth straight win

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Allen might not start

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WALTHAM - Ray Allen could return to the starting lineup against San Antonio Wednesday night.
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