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Cavaliers were in lockdown mode

Cleveland's stifling defense choked the life out of the Celtics

Updated: February 26, 2010, 10:29 AM ET
By Peter May | Special to ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- For a while -- actually, for more than half the game -- the Boston Celtics looked all the part of a team that was ready to make a run on the front-runners. Then, the front-runners did what they do best -- clamped down on defense and showcased their enviable depth -- and it was over. Just like that.

Boston's 108-88 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night wasn't a total shocker. The Celtics were without Paul Pierce. They were playing the best team in the league. And ...

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