Celtics Rally from 26 Down to Beat the Heat, Will Start Playoffs in Atlanta

BOSTON — (AP) Isaiah Thomas had 21 points to help the Boston Celtics rally from 26 points down to beat the Miami Heat 98-88 on Wednesday night.

Coupled with Atlanta’s loss to Washington, Boston earned the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks’ loss also gave Miami the third seed and its fifth Southeast Division title in six years.

The Celtics will face the fourth-seeded Hawks in the first round. Miami will take on No. 6 seed Charlotte.

Avery Bradley added 17 points and seven rebounds. Evan Turner finished with 16 points for Boston.

Joe Johnson and Hassan Whiteside each had 19 points to lead the Heat. Goran Dragic added 18 points and Dwyane Wade finished with 17.