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ON BASKETBALL

Jeff Green serves notice with breakout night

It was surprising, yet no one was surprised. It was stunning, yet at the end, Jeff Green was hardly stunned, more disappointed that his heroic effort didn’t lead to a Celtics victory.

Green scored 43 points in Boston’s 105-103 loss to the rival Miami Heat Monday night at the Garden, a career high for points and perhaps his career-defining game, a night that scores of Celtics fans believed would never occur.

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