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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 …

Jared Sullinger leads Celtics past 76ers, 107-96

Friday, February 6, 2015

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics played terribly for a stretch in the second half. It didn’t matter because they made everything look easy the rest of the time. Jared Sullinger led six Boston players in double figures with …

Benched at start, Jared Sullinger helps Celtics beat Denver at end

Thursday, February 5, 2015

BOSTON — Jared Sullinger sat out the first quarter and then missed his first five shots. By the end, he found his touch. Benched at the start because of lateness, Sullinger made two free throws with 22.8 seconds …

Lineup change helps Celtics beat Knicks, snap 3-game skid

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

NEW YORK — The Boston Celtics changed their starters — and their start. “We came with energy right out of the gate,” guard Marcus Smart said. “That’s what we’ve been lacking.” Avery Bradley scored 26 points, Jared Sullinger …

Hassan Whiteside comes up big for Heat in 83-75 win over Celtics

Sunday, February 1, 2015

BOSTON — Hassan Whiteside scored half of his 20 points during a dominant stretch spanning the third and fourth quarters to help the Miami Heat stave off Boston’s rally and snap a two-game slide with an 83-75 victory …

Motiejunas scores 26, Rockets top Celtics for 4th win in row

Saturday, January 31, 2015

BOSTON — Donatas Motiejunas wasn’t thinking about a new career high when he took an alley-oop from James Harden and hit a layup as he fell to the floor late in the fourth quarter. Preserving a Houston Rockets …

Retooling with Rajon Rondo, Mavs navigating expected rough waters

Thursday, January 29, 2015

DALLAS — Rajon Rondo watched the final minutes of one close loss from the Dallas bench, then threw away an inbound pass trailing by a point in the closing seconds of the next game. The Mavericks knew they …

Kevin Martin’s return sparks Timberwolves over Celtics, 110-98

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Martin had not played in more than two months, a fractured wrist forcing him to watch from the bench as his Minnesota Timberwolves plummet to the bottom of the standings. In his first chance to …

Tayshaun Prince helps Celtics edge Jazz 99-90

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY — Tayshaun Prince scored 19 points, and the Boston Celtics held off the Utah Jazz for a 99-90 victory on Monday night. Tyler Zeller had 14 points and seven rebounds for Boston, which grabbed control …

Celtics fall as Golden State picks up 19th home win

Sunday, January 25, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State coach Steve Kerr figured his team was due for an off night after four consecutive blowout wins. Fortunately for the Warriors, it happened at Oracle Arena, where they haven’t lost in more than …

Avery Bradley’s go-ahead 3 helps Celtics beat Nuggets 100-99

Saturday, January 24, 2015

DENVER — Avery Bradley scored 18 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:24 left, and the Boston Celtics hung on to beat Denver 100-99 on Friday night, sending the Nuggets to their fifth loss in a row. The …