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I will confess that given the success of the Red Sox and Patriots I've been avoiding commenting too much on the Boston Celtics. But it's time to make an admission -- these guys are pretty good.

They just went through three talented teams in Texas and came away with three victories, none more impressive than last night's game against the Dallas Mavericks. It was anyone's game coming down to the wire and, in fact, you had to give the edge to the Mavs. Dallas was at home with a one-point lead and the ball with about a little more than half a minute to play. Moments later, Boston's Ray Allen (right) buried a three-pointer from the left side and that, folks, was that. Celtics 94, Mavericks 90.

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On the first game of the Celtics' road trip to the so-called Texas Triangle, they dug themselves out of a 22-point hole in San Antonio and edged the Spurs. Then they went to Houston and extinguished the Rocket's 22-game winning streak. Last night in Dallas, Boston had balanced scoring (Paul Pierce 22, Kevin Garnett 20 and Allen 21). Sam Cassell gave them 28 minutes, James Posey added a quality 21 and they got 85 minutes total from the bench. Even though the Celts had the NBA's best record, it was easy to say -- well, they play in a weak Eastern Conference division. But this is a team that can absorb an off-night or two or three from one of its stars and is built for the long haul going into the summer.

Much is said and written about the lopsided nature of the NBA with the Western Conference having so many more good teams.  But, you know, it always comes down to a seven-game series and right now, the favorite is in the East.

Photo credit:  Associated Press

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