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Christopher L. Gasper

Celtics still unlikely to topple Knicks

It wasn’t pretty, but human survival instinct rarely is. Basketball season in Boston will be extended to May.

Instead of heading home for the season the Celtics are headed back to New York for Game 5 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series on Wednesday. Oldies but Goodies Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry earned the Celtics a stay of playoff execution with a desperate and disjointed 97-90 overtime victory over the New York Knicks at TD Garden Sunday.

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