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Celtics rout Knicks in New York

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NEW YORK – He tried not to smile, even as the bloodbath worsened, becoming so brutal that NBA officials should have stepped in to stop it.

Brad Stevens just looked over at his bench and told his players to remain focused, preaching that the Knicks could always come back, even if the Knicks had already given up long ago.

And when a merciful buzzer finally ended a 114-73 matinee massacre Sunday at Madison Square Garden, the rookie Celtics coach who once said “I’m never happy” seemed to be just that.

“I’m not doing cartwheels,” Stevens said.

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