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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 …

Isaiah Thomas, Celtics snap 4-game skid with 103-94 win over Pacers

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

BOSTON — Isaiah Thomas scored 28 points, Jae Crowder matched his career high with 25 and the Boston Celtics snapped a four-game losing streak with a 103-94 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. Amir Johnson had …

Knicks hold off Celtics after Anthony sprains ankle

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

NEW YORK — Kristaps Porzingis scored 26 points, Arron Afflalo had 20 of his 24 in the second half, and the New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 120-114 on Tuesday night. Jerian Grant scored 10 of his …

Zach Randolp, Grizzlies grind out win over Celtics

Sunday, January 10, 2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Zach Randolph had 25 points and 13 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies overcame a 21-point deficit in the second half to defeat the Boston Celtics 101-98 on Sunday. Isaiah Thomas, who led the Celtics with …

Gasol, Rose lead way as Bulls beat Celtics 101-92

Thursday, January 7, 2016

CHICAGO — Pau Gasol had 17 points and 18 rebounds, Derrick Rose scored 18 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 101-92 on Thursday night for their sixth straight victory. Jimmy Butler added 19 points and …

Reggie Jackson’s 24 points lead Pistons past Celtics, 99-94

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

BOSTON — Reggie Jackson’s sparkling play in the fourth quarter carried the Detroit Pistons to their latest strong finish. The 6-foot-3 point guard, who shined for three seasons at Boston College before turning pro in 2011, scored nine …

Jae Crowder’s career-high 25 lead Celtics over Nets, 103-94

Monday, January 4, 2016

NEW YORK — Jae Crowder could tell right from the tip that the Boston Celtics were focused. They were also winners again, thanks to his big finish. Crowder scored a career-high 25 points with a strong start and …

Brooke Lopez has 30 points and 13 rebounds as Nets hold off Celtics

Saturday, January 2, 2016

BOSTON — Brook Lopez’s size was too much for Boston’s smaller lineup. The 7-footer scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 100-97 victory over the Celtics on Saturday. “I did …

Kobe Bryant’s double-double carries Lakers past Celtics, 112-104

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

BOSTON — Mark Kobe Bryant down for one more win on the parquet floor in Boston. Bryant had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Celtics 112-104 on Wednesday night. Bryant played 33 …

Matt Vautour: Gazing into the 2016 crystal ball

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Crystal ball time. Predictions for 2016 that can’t possibly miss. Alabama beats Oklahoma in the College Football Championship — The Sooners will lose in the finals of football and men’s basketball. The Winter Classic is disappointing — Outdoor …

Isaiah Thomas scores 21, leads Celtics past Knicks, 100-91

Sunday, December 27, 2015

BOSTON — Isaiah Thomas took off for the basket, just what the Boston Celtics needed with the game tightening up. Thomas had consecutive key baskets and finished with 21 points, Evan Turner scored 19 and the Celtics won …