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Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) and guard Marcus Smart, top, battle for a loose ball against Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole (3) and guard Stephen Curry (30) during the fourth quarter.

BOSTON – It all fell apart with just over four minutes to go in the fourth quarter. The Warriors and Celtics were battling for a loose ball in the paint, and it seemed like every player on the court jumped into the scrum.

Bodies were flying everywhere while the refs stood by helplessly. When the fracas finally cleared, Draymond Green had fouled out of the game. Steph Curry lay on the floor, exhausted and clearly hurt. And the Celtics came out with the ball.

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