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The Celtics fell to 5-3 since All-Star forward Kevin Garnett went out with a strained muscle in his right knee and fell one game behind the Cavaliers in the East. Boston holds the tiebreaker edge with the Magic, winning two of their three games this season, and leads the Cavs 2-1 head-to-head with an April 12 matchup in Cleveland left to play.
Already missing Garnett, who missed his eighth straight game with a strained muscle in his right knee, the Celtics also sat out point guard Rajon Rondo to allow him to rest the right ankle he sprained on Friday night. Garnett's backup, Glen "Big Baby" Davis, left Sunday's game with 6:25 left in the third quarter with a right ankle sprain and did not return.
Notes: Boston scored 15 points in the first quarter and 33 in the first half. ... The Celtics have lost their last three Sunday afternoon games at home.
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