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BOSTON -- Due to their grueling December schedule so obviously conspiring against them in recent weeks, the Boston Celtics had every reason to roll over on Thursday night. The fresh-legged Houston Rockets had built a 26-point first-half lead, and Boston seemed to have no answer for containing James Harden and his teammates. But on the second night of a back-to-back while playing shorthanded, the Celtics displayed some of the resiliency that decorated their 16-game winning streak earlier this season. Fueled almost entirely by energy on the defensive end -- and aided by two James Harden offensive fouls in the final seconds -- the Celtics improbably rallied for a 99-98 triumph at TD Garden. In the closing seconds, it was Marcus Smart who stole the win. Smart twice got James Harden to commit offensive fouls over the final 7.3 seconds of play. The first gave the Celtics the ball down by one point, and Al Horford muscled home a...
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