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Old-pro Celtics outgrind Hawks

Paul Pierce's workhorse effort helps Boston steal home-court advantage

Updated: May 2, 2012, 7:52 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

ATLANTA -- The buzzword of choice in the Boston Celtics' locker room following Tuesday's 87-80 Game 2 triumph over the Atlanta Hawks in an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series was "professional."

Multiple players tossed out that adjective to describe how Boston clawed back from an 11-point second-half deficit to emerge with what amounted to a must-win game played without half of the team's Big Four.

As captain Paul Pierce surmised, "These types of moments are what being a ...

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