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Pat Riley to Danny Ainge: Shut up

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Miami Heat President Pat Riley has added another chapter to his rivalry with the Boston Celtics.

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After LeBron James complained about calls and Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge chided him for it, Riley lashed back Friday night.

Riley's response: ``Danny Ainge needs to shut the (expletive) up and manage his own team.''

This saga started Wednesday after Miami's 27-game winning streak ended in Chicago. James told reporters that night that he does not believe some of the hard fouls he takes are ``basketball plays.'' A day later, Ainge told Boston radio station WEEI that ``it's almost embarrassing that LeBron would complain about officiating.''

Riley was clearly irked, calling Ainge ``the biggest whiner going when he was a player.''

The Heat and Celtics play April 12 in Miami.

Miami beat New Orleans 108-89 on Friday night, with James leading the way with 36 points. When informed afterward of the statement, James said he appreciated Riley having his back.

``That's who we are,'' James said. ``We ride together, all of us, from the top to the bottom. We all protect each other on and off the floor and it was big-time to see that.''

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