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Game 7 | Celtics 85, 76ers 75

Celtics’ guile too strong for 76ers in Game 7

Surviving the 76ers was a strenuous, energy-sapping struggle. But the Celtics endured, serenaded off the TD Garden court by “Beat the Heat’’ chants after an 85-75 win over Philadelphia in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday night.

Rajon Rondo (18 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) clinched the victory with 9 points in a 1:45 span as the Celtics survived the final four-plus minutes without Paul Pierce, who fouled out with Boston holding a 3-point lead.

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