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Final Update

It’s over at the Garden where the Celtics [1] held off the Heat in a wildly entertaining game, 105-98. Paul Pierce [2] led the way with 28 points, while Big Baby Davis added 22 and eight rebounds and Rajon Rondo [3] came up just shy of a triple-double with seven points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.

In the last two minutes with the score tied 95-95, the Heat switched Dwyane Wade [4] on to Pierce, an interesting tactical decision by rookie coach Erik Spolestra. Pierce had been working over James Jones [5] when Spolestra made the switch, and while Wade has the edge on Jones in the strength department, he also gave up a few inches in size and he picked up two quick fouls including one on a Pierce jumper.

Pierce went to the line and made a pair of free throws and after Wade missed a 3-pointer, the Celtics cashed in on some solid ball movement that resulted in Davis dropping in a lay-up as the shot clock hit zero.

For the C’s it was their 60th win of the season, the first time they’ve had back-to-back 60-win seasons since the Larry Bird [6] era. Elsewhere, Cleveland beat Philadelphia and clinched first place in the Eastern Conference, while Orlando is down seven at home against the Knicks entering the fourth quarter.