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Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley, right, shoots over Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Avery Bradley scores 30, Celtics defeat Hornets 116-104

Monday, March 30, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Avery Bradley says despite a season of ups and downs, he never stopped believing the Boston Celtics were a playoff team. If the Celtics continue to play the way they have in recent weeks, Bradley might be right. Bradley had 30 points and eight rebounds, and the Celtics beat the Charlotte Hornets 116-104 on Monday night for an important Eastern Conference victory. Boston (33-41) moved back into eighth place in the East, a few percentage points ahead of Brooklyn in the battle for the final playoff spot. Evan Turner added 15 points, while Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart each had 14 as …

Celtics drop back out of playoffs with loss to Doc, Clippers

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSTON — The Los Angeles Clippers have responded quite nicely to a pair of disappointing losses to Western Conference contenders. J.J. Redick scored 27 points, Chris Paul had 21 points and 10 assists, and the Clippers beat the Boston Celtics 119-106 on Sunday for their seventh consecutive win. On March 13, the Clippers …

Isaiah Thomas scores 18, Celtics hold off Knicks for 96-92 win

Friday, March 27, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Celtics are making a playoff push — and they came to the right place to keep things rolling Friday night. Even if they had to sweat this one out a bit. Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points, Jae Crowder added 17 points and nine rebounds, and five Celtics …

Injury-riddled Heat beat Celtics 93-86

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BOSTON — The Miami Heat were coming off a difficult loss at Milwaukee, and they were missing three key players due to injuries from the game against the Bucks. Goran Dragic knew what he had to do. Dragic …

Evan Turner has triple-double, Celts beat Nets 110-91 to end skid

Monday, March 23, 2015

NEW YORK — Evan Turner had 19 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 110-91 on Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak that had dropped them out of playoff …

Drummond, Caldwell-Pope lead Pistons past Celtics in OT

Sunday, March 22, 2015

BOSTON — The Detroit Pistons’ playoff hopes likely faded away a couple of weeks ago. They can still have a say on who might get there. Andre Drummond had 18 points and 22 rebounds, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored seven …

Leonard scores 22, Spurs top Celtics 101-89 after late scare

Saturday, March 21, 2015

SAN ANTONIO — Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed Friday night, holding off the Boston Celtics 101-89 after getting a late scare. Tony Parker had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Tiago …

Westbrook scores 36 to lead Thunder past Celtics 122-118

Thursday, March 19, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook scored 36 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Boston 122-118 on Wednesday night, snapping the Celtics’ five-game winning streak. Westbrook, the NBA’s leading scorer, also had 10 assists, five rebounds and …

Celtics win 5th straight, 108-89 over 76ers

Monday, March 16, 2015

BOSTON — Celtics coach Brad Stevens might soon be hearing some locker-room chatter about his team’s playoff push with the way it’s been playing. Tyler Zeller scored a career-high 26 points, Avery Bradley had 20 and the Celtics …

Turner, Celtics rally past Magic

Saturday, March 14, 2015

BOSTON — Evan Turner scored 16 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and the Boston Celtics overcame an 11-point deficit to beat the Orlando Magic 95-88 on Friday night. Turner scored 24 points in the second …

Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley help Celtics edge Grizzlies, 95-92

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics endured a bruising inside and returned it when it mattered most. Marcus Smart converted a go-ahead, three-point play with 52 seconds left, Avery Bradley added a clutch jumper with eight seconds remaining and …

Thomas’ 25 lifts Celtics past banged-up Heat, 100-90

Monday, March 9, 2015

MIAMI — Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points in another strong game off the bench, Brandon Bass added 14 and the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat 100-90 on Monday night. Luigi Datome scored 13 for the Celtics, and …

Harris, Harkless lift Magic past Celtics, 103-98

Sunday, March 8, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. — Maurice Harkless took advantage of some extra playing time and helped the Orlando Magic get a big win against the Boston Celtics. Harkless and Tobias Harris combined for 16 points in the fourth quarter Sunday …