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Celtics fade late vs. Phoenix Suns

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Under pressure, the Celtics collapsed. They choked.

And Brad Stevens was fuming afterward.

“We didn’t play with any poise,” the rookie Celtics coach said.

Strong words for Stevens — as strong as any he’s used since taking the job.

But they were more than warranted Friday after the ending of the Celtics’ 87-80 loss to the Suns at TD Garden, which dropped Boston to 22-44, including 4-24 against teams from the Western Conference this season.

After the Celtics’ trailing by as much as 11, forward Jeff Green made a pair of free throws to tie the score at 80 with 2:02 left.

His team crumbled from there.

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