Celtics Hold Off Knicks to Hang on to 8th and Final Playoff Spot

^Thomas scores 18, Celtics hold off Knicks for 95-92 win<

  NEW YORK (AP) _ Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points and Jae Crowder had 17 points and nine rebounds as the Boston Celtics held off a late rally by the New York Knicks for a 96-92 win on Friday night.     Brandon Bass scored 16 points, Evan Turner had 15 and Avery Bradley finished with 10 for Boston.

    Andrea Bargnani tied a season high with 25 points for the Knicks.

    The Celtics led by as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter, but Langston Galloway’s 3-pointer with 25 seconds left cut the Knicks’ deficit to 92-88.

    Thomas then made 1 of 2 free throws with 23 seconds left, and Early did the same with 13 seconds remaining.

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