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Appreciating Celtics While They're Here

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While Ray Allen was taking care of business at free throw line, Paul Pierce had his arms around Rajon Rondo. “We’ve got your back,” Pierce told the point guard whose late-game fumble and botched layup had threatened to derail this modest winning streak the Celtics have put together.

Pierce scored 30 points in their 97-92 overtime win over the Rockets on Tuesday and seemed to make all the big plays down the stretch and in the extra session. Even his unfortunate 8-second backcourt violation was a testament to Pierce’s show of solidarity. Rondo had already left the backcourt, leaving Pierce stranded with no safety valve and Houston’s Courtney Lee draped...

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