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Minus 3 resting starters, Milwaukee falls to Boston in regular-season finale

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Kristopher Love | 24 April, 2017, 02:44

Thomas, who was scoreless until then, had 10 of them, including eight straight.

The Celtics, who haven't won a playoff series since 2012, finished the season with a three-game winning streak while Cleveland lost its last four.

For a team with nothing to play for in their final regular season game, the Milwaukee Bucks showed a surprising amount of pluck on Wednesday night, and refused to give up easily.

"Isaiah Thomas averaged 28.9 points per game this season, the second most by a Celtic all-time (Larry Bird - 29.9 in 1987-88) and the most by a player shorter than 6'0" all-time (Thomas is 5'9"). Afterward, he said he was "100 percent". "I just tell him he's going to win us a playoff game, and I really believe that", said Thomas.

"Especially in the playoffs, everyone's slate is clean, so it doesn't matter what you did in the regular season at this point". The 23-year old former Gator averaged a career-high 23.1 points while shooting 48.2% from the field.

The odds are against the Pacers and the Bulls in the playoffs. Meyers Leonard closed the gap to 99-95 for the Blazers with a long jumper.

Thomas was held scoreless until he hit a pair of free throws with 2:17 left in the half.

Raptors 98, Cavaliers 83: Norman Powell scored 25 points as Toronto beat Cleveland, which didn't play LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

The Bulls, now in the eighth place, will play the Brooklyn Nets, who plan on resting three starters and six players overall, on Wednesday.

Victories for the Pacers (41-40) and the Bulls (40-41) would eliminate the Heat (40-41) from this year's postseason, but should either clubs slip up and Miami was to win, Erik Spoelstra's side would advance. With the loss, Boston grabs sole possession of the East and control their own fate.

After finishing fifth last season and losing to the Atlanta Hawks 4-2 in the first round of the playoffs, there has been a vast improvement this season with the additions of Al Horford, Gerald Green and the third pick in the 2016 NBA Draft Jaylen Brown.

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

But 14 of those 30 coaches just had their seasons end. "I know it's going to come at some point and time".

In the meantime, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz are in a contest for the No. 4 seed in the West.

I'm not sure how optimistically we should react to the fact that the Celtics are now first in the Eastern Conference with one game to play despite having such a severe fault.