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Celtics stifle Heat with defense

Cranking up the D helps lift Boston to a crucial Game 3 win

Updated: May 8, 2011, 2:29 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- It started, as coach Doc Rivers deemed it should, with their defense.

It continued, as you knew it would, with gut-check performances from Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce and the redoubtable Kevin Garnett, the reluctant "go-to'' forward who would rather pass to create ball movement but understood his matchup was the one Boston needed to exploit against the overmatched Chris Bosh.

And, because it appears to be an unwritten rule that nothing can ever be easy for this group ...

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