Celtics hold off Brooklyn Nets comeback, win 114-105
BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics do not love blowouts.
After avoiding lopsided victories for most of the regular season, the Celtics did so again Monday night, allowing the Brooklyn Nets to challenge them late in the fourth quarter. For the entire first half, Boston looked poised for an easy night, but that changed as Brook Lopez and Justin Hamilton racked up buckets, Jeremy Lin led a parade to the free throw line and the Boston offense stopped functioning. The Celtics saw a 27-point advantage dwindle all the way to five, but still held on, 114-105, for a win that could put them alone in first place by the end of the night.
With a realistic chance to earn the No. 1 seed, the Celtics were hoping the Miami Heat could upend the resting Cleveland Cavaliers. At the time of this post, that game had not finished, but the Heat had overcome a double-digit deficit to force overtime. If Miami wins in the extra session, Boston could win the Eastern Conference by topping the Milwaukee Bucks in their regular-season finale Wednesday. http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.s ... ts_11.html