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Celtics-Knicks locker room reaction

NEW YORK — Rapid reaction from the locker rooms following the Celtics’ 101-89 win over the Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

— Celtics coach Doc Rivers evaluating his team’s play during the series:

“Give [the Knicks] credit. No. 1 they had one of their best players who’s not 100 percent. Obviously we didn’t feel bad about that. But we didn’t play well in the first two games. We were fortunate to win both of them. But we did play well in Game 3 and played well in Game 4…what you saw tonight was a microcosm of our season at times. We’re playing well, we’re playing well, and all of a sudden we go away from it for a while. Today we got it back just in time.”

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— Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni on the fourth quarter:

“Everything has to go right. They are good. They executed well. Kevin Garnett came up with shots. We left Ray Allen for one split second and he puts in a dagger again. They just have so many guys who can get it done.”

— Rivers on what he thinks of this team:

“Let’s pick all those other teams. We prefer that. What seed are we, the third in the East? We’re the third-seeded team in the East. I love our team. We do some things that drive us all nuts, but at the end of the day they do some things to play together, to trust each other. And as a coach that’s all you can ask for.”

— Kevin Garnett on sweeping the Knicks:

“We came in here with a focus to close this team out. We didn’t want to go back to Boston to play another game.”

— Glen Davis (14 points, 5 rebounds) on his improved play in Game 4:

“To get it over with, I’m relieved. I just keep doing the things I was doing before with my workout and getting shots up to make sure I am ready to perform like that every game.”

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— Amar’e Stoudemire on improving the Knicks:

“I think now players are looking at the Knicks like they want to be part of the team, so it shouldn’t be as hard as it was at the start of the year.”

On playing with a sore back, “It was just determination. The back was tight and continued to be sore, but wanting to win fueled me to the second half.”

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