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Celtics’ surge could make them buyers

After explaining to the media his part in the Celtics’ latest improbability — a 118-114 triple-overtime victory over the streaking Denver Nuggets — Kevin Garnett wiped the sweat off his bald head, placed the towel on a jug of Gatorade, and touched the Celtics logo that welcomes those who walk into the locker room.

It was more than a symbolic gesture. Garnett said last week that he bleeds green, but his dedication to the organization that saved him from insignificance in Minneapolis is the primary reason he wouldn’t allow the Celtics to sulk and then sink after losing Rajon Rondo to a torn right anterior cruciate ligament.

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