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Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley shoots the game-winning three point shot as Cleveland Cavaliers' Iman Shumpert, right, watches in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Cleveland. The Celtics won 104-103. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer at horn gives Celtics 104-103 win

Friday, February 5, 2016

CLEVELAND — Once he got control of the ball and let his shot fly, Avery Bradley prepared to get mobbed. The Celtics had pulled off the improbable. Bradley made a 3-pointer from the corner at the horn to give Boston a stunning 104-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night, the Celtics’ eighth win in nine games. “I knew it was there,” said Bradley, who had to regain his dribble before launching the winner. “It’s a great feeling. I lost the ball for a second and I didn’t even think I had enough time to get the shot off — but I did.” After …

Thomas scores 17 as Celtics stave off Pistons’ rally, 102-95

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOSTON — As one of the NBA’s top defensive teams this season, the Celtics have inevitably found themselves with some big leads. They’re still mastering how to play with those cushions. Isaiah Thomas had 17 points and seven assists to help Boston hold off the Detroit Pistons 102-95 on Wednesday night. Detroit fell …

Celtics wear down Knicks for 97-89 victory

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NEW YORK — The Celtics toughened up their defense and were simply too tough for the Knicks. Isaiah Thomas had 20 points and eight assists, and Boston wore down New York in a 97-89 victory on Tuesday night. Jae Crowder and Tyler Zeller each added 16 points, while reserves Evan Turner and Kelly …

Celtics fall in Orlando after Magic rally

Sunday, January 31, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. — It was far from pretty. It still counted as a victory — finally — for the Orlando Magic. The Magic rallied from 14 points down, then had to hold on for dear life in the …

Celtics run past Magic 113-94 for 5th consecutive win

Friday, January 29, 2016

BOSTON — Kelly Olynyk and Marcus Smart scored 16 points apiece as the Boston Celtics won a season-high fifth straight game, beating the slumping Orlando Magic 113-94 on Friday night. The Magic have now lost eight consecutive games …

Avery Bradley matches season-high 27, Celtics down Nuggets 111-103

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BOSTON — If the Celtics are going to be a threat in the playoffs this season, they will need consistent effort on the defensive end. They did that for spurts in their 111-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets …

Isaiah Thomas lights up Wizards as Celtics win 3rd straight, 116-91

Monday, January 25, 2016

WASHINGTON — Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens knows 5-foot-9 guard Isaiah Thomas rarely faces players his own size. Thomas just brings his best game to the biggest matchups. Against John Wall and the Washington Wizards, Thomas darted and …

Jae Crowder, Isaiah Thomas lead Celtics to rout of 76ers

Sunday, January 24, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — The Boston Celtics jumped on the Philadelphia 76ers early, and never let up. Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points each and the Celtics cruised to a 112-92 victory over the 76ers on Sunday night. …

Isaiah Thomas scores 22, Celtics hold off late Bulls rally 110-101

Friday, January 22, 2016

BOSTON — Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points and the Boston Celtics held off a furious rally in the fourth quarter to beat the Chicago Bulls 110-101 on Friday night. Avery Bradley added 21 points, and Jared Sullinger finished …

DeRozan scores 34 to send Raptors past Celtics, 115-109

Thursday, January 21, 2016

TORONTO — The mindset that propelled DeMar DeRozan to a 34-point effort may not have been much of a mystery to his Toronto Raptors teammates, who see it regularly. But it was to DeRozan. “I don’t know,” he …

Celtics lose to Mavericks in overtime

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points, Deron Williams had 10 of his 20 points in overtime and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Boston Celtics 118-113 on Monday night. Dallas hit its first four 3-pointers to open overtime. …

Jae Crowder’s layup lifts Celtics to 119-117 win over Wizards

Saturday, January 16, 2016

WASHINGTON — Jae Crowder scored on a go-ahead layup with 3.9 seconds left off a pass from Marcus Smart and the Boston Celtics outlasted the Washington Wizards for a 119-117 victory on Saturday night. Isaiah Thomas scored 32 …

Thomas, Smart lead Celtics past Suns, 117-103

Friday, January 15, 2016

BOSTON — Isaiah Thomas said he didn’t have Boston’s game against Phoenix circled on his calendar. He certainly played like he did. Thomas scored 19 points against his former team, Marcus Smart had his first career triple-double and …