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Celtics bring back memories against Heat

It should have been apparent when LeBron James was gobbling up a McFlurry about 75 minutes before game time that he wouldn’t be available Wednesday night for the Miami Heat. He then planted himself at the end of the bench and watched as his teammates became embroiled in a struggle with the Celtics that brought back memories.

The Celtics are in rebuilding mode and yet they have found the fortitude to compete and beat the Heat twice this season, including Wednesday’s 101-96 victory that brought a playoff atmosphere to TD Garden.

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