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NBA: Boston 115, Miami 107

April 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM

MIAMI, April 10 (UPI) -- Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett combined for 51 points Tuesday and the Boston Celtics handled Miami 115-107 in a meeting of Eastern Conference powers.

Pierce scored 27 points, Garnett added 24 and Rajon Rondo had18 to go with 15 assists as the Celtics notched their third straight victory.

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Boston led by as many as 18 points early in the game and held off a late Heat charge to win for the 18th time in 25 contests since the all-star break.

The Celtics also bested Miami 91-72 in an April 1 game.

Miami, meanwhile, fell to 1-2 on its current five-game homestand.

LeBron James poured in 36 points and Dwyane Wade added 20 in the Heat's loss.

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