Celtics get past Wolves and clinch playoff berth

Celtics get past Wolves and clinch playoff berth

Celtics get past Wolves and clinch playoff berth

The Boston Celtics secured a spot in the National Basketball Association playoffs after overcoming the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-109 on Thursday.

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Brown got loose on a fast break, side-stepped a defender and threw it down through a foul, but after touching the rim he got off balance and fell down hard on the back of his head.

Nemanja Bjelica led the Timberwolves with a career-high 30 points, including 6 of 9 from the 3-point range.

Warriors 110, Spurs 107: Kevin Durant had 37 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots and nearly single-handedly led undermanned Golden State's fourth-quarter rally past visiting San Antonio after Stephen Curry went down early.

Kevin Durant's 37 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks carried the Warriors to a 110-107 win over the Spurs.

Towns finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford pitched in 15 points. Brewer replaced Josh Huestis in the starting lineup and responded with a 6-for-11 performance from the floor.

Russell Westbrook was a whisker away from his 19th triple double, but the Oklahoma City Thunder still came away with a dominant 115-87 victory over the Phoenix Suns. He had 39 last week in Arizona in a loss to the Thunder.

Hassan Whiteside led the Heat with 26 points and eight rebounds. Right now they're a couple of games behind Toronto for the conference's best record, but they also sit a remarkable seven games ahead of the Cavaliers, who recently implemented their own significant reconfiguration of their roster at the trade deadline.

Dario Saric had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the 76ers. Brown had 14 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes of play.

For fans, the trade didn't make much sense at the time, until it was revealed that Ainge all along preferred Duke's Jayson Tatum, the projected third player chosen, over the consensus top pick, Washington guard Markelle Fultz.

He averaged 5.5 more points-per-game, while shooting 19.3 percent better from field against the C's during last year's Eastern Conference Finals in comparison to the 2015 matchup. Timberwolves: Wiggins had his streak of five straight 20- point games end.

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