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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 …

Celtics end three-game skid, beat Nets 89-81

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

NEW YORK — There was no yelling from Brad Stevens during the first timeout. Nobody got benched. It looked bad for the Boston Celtics on the scoreboard, but their coach liked what he was seeing on the court. …

Kemba Walker scores 33 to carry Hornets past Celtics

Monday, January 5, 2015

BOSTON — Kemba Walker scored 20 of his 33 points in the second half and Cody Zeller finished with a career-high 20 points on a perfect shooting night, carrying the Charlotte Hornets to a 104-95 win over the …

Pau Gasol helps Bulls beat Celtics 109-104 in overtime

Saturday, January 3, 2015

CHICAGO — Pau Gasol had 29 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 109-104 in overtime on Saturday. Aaron Brooks added 19 points for the Bulls, who won for the …

Rajon Rondo returns to Boston, helps Mavs win 119-101

Saturday, January 3, 2015

BOSTON — The Boston fans had never seen Rajon Rondo in an opponent’s uniform before. They’d never seen a game like this from him, either. The former Celtics point guard scored a career-high 15 first-quarter points, finishing with …

Jared Sullinger’s 20 carries Celtics past Kings 106-84

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics went at each other hard for a couple of days. It must have worked because they didn’t let down against Sacramento. Jared Sullinger scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the …

Humphries, Pierce lead Wizards over Boston, 101-88

Sunday, December 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — Earlier this month, the Washington Wizards frittered away a 23-point lead against the Boston Celtics but hung on for a grueling double-overtime win. There was no repeat of that on Saturday night. The Wizards ran off …

Celtics’ buzzer beater rims out in 109-107 loss to Nets

Friday, December 26, 2014

BOSTON — Only later could Brooklyn coach Lionel Hollins crack a smile. “I was holding my breath,” he said. And with good reason. The Nets escaped with a 109-107 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday in a …

Magic use big 1st half to hold off Celtics 100-95

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — Last week, the Orlando Magic left the Boston Celtics’ home court having just received one of their most demoralizing losses of the season. The Magic returned the favor, but the Celtics made them work for …

Heat snap 5-game home slide, top Celtics 100-84

Sunday, December 21, 2014

MIAMI — Finding out shortly before the game that Dwyane Wade would be sitting out with a bruised right knee could have sent the reeling Miami Heat into an even bigger tailspin. Instead, it proved inspiring. And the …

Celtics start post-Rondo era with win over Wolves

Friday, December 19, 2014

BOSTON — Celtics coach Brad Stevens was curious how his team would play in its first game without Rajon Rondo. Boston did just fine. Moving the ball crisply one day after the NBA assists leader was traded to …