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Kevin Garnett of the Celtics celebrates the win with teammate Rajon Rondo. (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

Kevin Garnett of the Celtics celebrates the win with teammate Rajon Rondo. (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

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BOSTON  (AP)   The streaky Boston Celtics are winning again, just in time for an Atlantic Division showdown with the first-place Philadelphia 76ers.

Paul Pierce scored seven of his 30 points in overtime on Tuesday night as the Celtics recovered from a second-half slumber to beat the Houston Rockets 97-92 for their fifth consecutive win since the All-Star break. The Celtics had lost five in a row heading into the break.

“We’re starting to play good basketball, and we’re starting to win games where we don’t play good basketball,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “And that may be more important.”

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