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Return of the bitter rivalry

4/5/2010

The Celtics and Cavaliers got nasty Sunday as ESPN Boston's Peter May details:

It was a woof-a-thon that lasted almost three hours. It featured six technical fouls, constant jabbering, the ejection of a coach and the sight of LeBron James in the Celtics' huddle of all places. Yes, there was basketball as well on this Easter Sunday, and for now, Doc Rivers does not need to visit Craigslist to inquire about car starters, ham carvers or personal tasters.

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Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are about to fight Zydrunas Ilgauskus for a loose ball on Sunday. The Celtics avoided what would have been a monumental disaster in taking a 117-113 decision from the Cavaliers, snapping their three-game home skid. They blew a 22-point lead in the second half. They blew a 17-point lead after three quarters in the first 9:02 of the fourth. But they somehow found a way to win, with Rivers offering that, "Easter is about resurrection, right?"

Ah, the nuns would be proud of old Glenn.

But what lingered long after the final horn (which mercifully ended a fourth quarter that took 47 minutes to play) was the pretty obvious antipathy between the teams. James didn't hesitate when asked about the relationship between the Celtics and Cavs, which seems to be on a par with Sandra-Jesse.

"We don't like them. And they don't like us,'' James said.

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