Lopez turn Nets’ all-time heading scorer in detriment to Celtics

BOSTON — The Celtics now control their possess predestine in their query to secure a Eastern Conference’s tip playoff seed.

Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points to assistance Boston kick behind a fourth-quarter assign and better a Brooklyn Nets 114-105 on Monday night.

The win clinched a Atlantic Division pretension and no worse than a No. 2 seed for a Celtics. More importantly, with Cleveland’s overtime detriment during Miami on Monday night, a Boston win in a regular-season culmination opposite Milwaukee on Wednesday would give a Celtics a No. 1 seed.

But if Boston loses to a Bucks and Cleveland wins a culmination opposite Toronto, a Cavs would possess a tiebreaker by trait of their 3-1 head-to-head record with Boston.

Thomas pronounced being this position “means a lot.”

“It says a lot about this team,” Thomas said. “We’ve been by ups and downs. … We only kept going. That says a lot about who we are.”

After Monday’s win several players collected in a trainer’s room to watch a finish of Cleveland’s diversion with Miami. When a Cavs tied it late in OT on Deron Williams’ 3 before he finished four-point play to put them adult one, screams could be listened from inside. Clapping was listened again from a same room when a Heat finished their victory, cementing a Celtics’ possibility to explain tip seed Wednesday.

Al Horford total 19 points and 8 rebounds. Avery Bradley finished with 18 points and 5 rebounds.

Brook Lopez finished with 25 points and beaome a franchise’s career heading scorer with a jumper late in a fourth quarter.

Brook Lopez finished with 25 points and beaome a franchise’s career heading scorer with a jumper late in a fourth quarter.

(Charles Krupa/AP)

“It shows that we’re starting to play a right way,” Bradley said.

Brooklyn trailed by 27 in a third entertain before an 18-5 run got it behind into a game.

The Nets got as tighten as 6 in a fourth, though Thomas and Horford total for 15 points in a duration to assistance secure a victory.

Jeremy Lin led a Nets with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Brook Lopez finished with 25 points, and upheld Buck Williams to turn a franchise’s career heading scorer with a jumper late in a fourth quarter.

Playing on a day’s rest following a win during Charlotte on Saturday, Boston led by as many as 21 in a initial half.

Brooklyn also had a day off entrance off Saturday’s one-point feat over Chicago, though couldn’t find a basket early on. The Nets missed 17 of their initial 20 shots and shot only 27 percent in a opening 24 minutes.

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