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Rondo saves Celtics in Game 7 to set up rematch with Heat

by | CBSSports.com

BOSTON -- The Big Three will get another shot at LeBron, D-Wade and the Miami Heat.

Despite a brutal showing from Rajon Rondo until the waning minutes, the Boston Celtics won ugly yet again -- this time a 85-75 victory over Philadelphia in Game 7 that set up a postseason rematch with the Miami Heat.

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A year ago, Miami took care of the Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals in five games. While Boston took three of four regular-season contests against the Heat this season, the Celtics hardly look like a team capable of taking down 'Bron and D-Wade.

Ray Allen is playing injured and is a shell of himself, starting guard Avery Bradley is done for the season after shoulder surgery -- and Boston has had difficulty scoring for much of the postseason.

However, the trio of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Allen -- who are likely in their final playoff run -- will try and rekindle their youth one final time against a Heat club that could be without Chris Bosh.

Rondo missed several layups and also committed ill-advised turnovers throughout the game, but just moments after Pierce fouled out he took control.

Rondo drove the lane for a layup with 3:40 remaining to put Boston up 73-68, then knocked down a 20-footer with 2:50 left to extend the lead to seven -- and buried a 3-pointer with 2:10 left to make it a double-digit game. He finished with yet another playoff triple-double: 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.


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