No Celtics, Lakers in 2nd rd a 1st since '07

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Posted: Monday, May 6, 2013 12:00 am

(AP) - The seconds ticked down on the Boston Celtics' season as Game 6 against the New York Knicks slipped away, a ferocious fourth-quarter comeback falling just short.

Kevin Garnett trudged toward the bench to a standing ovation, and he stopped quickly to whisper in coach Doc Rivers' ear. Rivers shook his head, muttering "damn" as a six-year run of championship-level basketball in Boston flashed before his eyes. Three thousand miles away in Los Angeles, the stitches had recently been removed from Kobe Bryant's left leg and the long, painful rehabilitation of a torn Achilles tendon was only beginning.

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