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Recap: The Celtics are your Atlantic Division champions

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The score would make it seem like this was a great game, but this was horrible to watch.  It was a disjointed mess that is fitting of two teams missing key players. 

The Celtics weren't missing Paul Pierce, though.  All The Truth did was drop 29 points, including a clutch (what else) right elbow jumper and pair of free throws to go along with a career high 14 assists to lead the C's. Avery Bradley pitched in a career high 23 and Brandon Bass torched his former team for 21 as the C's escaped with a 102-98 win. 

Glen Davis had a monster game, with 27 points and 7 rebounds, including a steal and dunk in the waning seconds that gave Orlando a faint glimmer of hope of stealing the game.  The Magic feasted on the glass, out-rebounding the Celtics 43-29, and grabbing 17 offensive rebounds to Boston's 3.  

Orlando will regret missing 10 of the 30 free throws they took tonight.  They had their chances.  Hubie Brown must have said "this is just unfortunate for Orlando" on a dozen different occasions during the ESPN broadcast.

I should give props to Greg Stiemsma, who was a jolt of energy (I called him a human 5-hour energy shot) late in the third quarter to help the C's on a 10-0 run that provided a big enough cushion for the C's to coast most of the rest of the way.  Stiemer was a game-high +19 as opposed to Kevin Garnett's -12.  KG had a bit of a rough night.  With the division clinched, I wouldn't be shocked to see KG get some rest over the last few games. 

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