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Celtics clinch No. 1 seed in East, beat Bucks 112-94

Celtics clinch No. 1 seed in East, beat Bucks 112-94

Last season, Hoiberg's first as an National Basketball Association head coach after leaving Iowa State to sign a five-year, $25 million contract with the Bulls, Chicago went 42-40 but was two games out of eighth-place in the East. After being down 3-1 in the NBA Finals previous year, they managed to run off three straight wins to take home the crown over Golden State. Brad Stevens has established himself as one of the best young coaches in the game.

To take the Eastern Conference title in the regular season, all the Celtics have to do is win their last game against the Milwaukee Bucks. "So that's a real positive". We'll talk about what was accomplished later. "We need to get it back", Thomas said.

A second string Cleveland team will take on Toronto Raptors in its final regular season fixture on Wednesday night, and a loss for defending champion would see the Celtics closing out the regular season as the No. 1 seed from the East entering the playoffs. Even though the Celtics are the overwhelming favorite to come out on top of the series, you can't count out the Bulls just yet.

Knicks 114, 76ers 113: Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points after deciding to play in what could be his final game with the Knicks.

"Obviously, they're a great offensive team", Westbrook said. "We put [that mindset] into play as we live our lives and our practices, day-to-day, game-to-game". If not, then we'll do it over and over again 'til somebody is there if I'm beat. Celtics: Thomas finished third in the league in total points this season and with the highest per game scoring average in franchise history behind Larry Bird' 29.9 in 1987-88.

Outside of those two unusual but very real challenges, I think the Celtics will advance as far as their bench will take them. They also still had that gimmick of Isaiah Thomas - their best player - coming off the bench for much of the year.

The Celtics and Bulls split their season series 2-2, although is it worth noting that Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott were traded from the Bulls mid-season while the Celtics made no roster changes.

"Nobody's played more than 34 minutes a game", Stevens said.

The Celtics led 57-56 at halftime but couldn't stretch their lead beyond four in the third, taking an 80-78 advantage into the fourth.

Cleveland can still be No. 1 with a win and a Boston loss.

It was the short-handed Bucks who played like a team with the top seed up for grabs early on, taking a 36-25 lead after the first quarter on Mirza Teletovic's buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

Chicago shot 43.2 percent from the field (41 of 95) and 46.7 percent from 3-point range (14 of 30).

The Bucks were already locked into the sixth seed and a first-round matchup with Toronto, allowing them to rest Giannis Antetokounmpo, Tony Snell and Matthew Dellavedova. "An opportunity presented itself to give those guys some rest", Bucks coach Jason Kidd said.

Bucks: Antetokounmpo is the first player in National Basketball Association history to finish in the top 20 in total points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks in a single season, according to STATS. While NBA analysts and fans across the nation are going praises to Russell Westbrook and James Harden, they are missing out on Isaiah Thomas. "I'm excited now. But once you get the playoffs, the seedings go out the window".

Playing in his 363rd career game, the 7-foot Lithuanian caught a pass and transition and stepped behind the line before knocking down just his second 3-point attempt.


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