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Celtics collapse, Cavs steal a win

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"Part of me fears a let down.  The Celtics coming off a stretch of impressive wins over good teams to get back to .500 now face a lesser opponent."

That part of me was right.  I should have listened.

The Celtics gave up a season-high 54 points in the paint, the last two coming on a game-winning layup by rookie sensation Kyrie Irving (23 points, 10-14 fg).  It was the capper on a 12-0 run after the Celtics had taken an 11 point lead.  

The final was 88-87 Cavs.  The Celtics 87th point came on a Brandon Bass free throw with 4:24 left in the game.  The Celtics were 0-5 with 3 turnovers in that stretch.  The Cavs hit 3 layups and 4 free throws in the stretch.

The Celtics defense was terrible.  The bench was out-scored 30-16.  

Ray Allen was on fire in his first game back from injury, hitting on 9-14 shots (4-6 3pt) for 22 points.  Paul Pierce had a stretch in the third where he was in full takeover mode.  But other than that… I can't find much nice to say… or want to say. 

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