Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Celtics down Wolves, seal playoff berth

Celtics down Wolves, seal playoff berth

The aforementioned game against Memphis was the best of Jackson's career to date, as he scored 29 points on 10-for-13 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. Bjelica's first 20-10 game in the National Basketball Association was ultimately wasted in the season-high third straight loss for the Timberwolves, who are still trying to find their way without injured All-Star Jimmy Butler.

The Wolves were within five at 88-83 in the fourth quarter, but every other time they were on the verge of cutting the margin to two possessions Irving and the Celtics had an answer on the other end.

Marcus Morris had 17 points off the bench and Jaylen Brown added 14 for the Celtics, who survived a scare when Brown walked off the court on his own accord after sustaining a bad fall while trying to dunk in the third quarter. Kyrie Irving sat out Monday evening with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.

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- Boston officially clinched a playoff berth with the win over Minnesota.

Kevin Durant's 37 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks carried the Warriors to a 110-107 win over the Spurs.

Brown was able to take off in transition and split a pair of Timberwolves defenders, going up for what should have been one of the more explosive dunks you'll see. As that happened, he lost his grip on the rim, and fell straight down, landing directly on his upper back and neck.

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Brown lay on the court for several minutes, giving onlookers plenty of time to both fear the worst and hope fervently that it hadn't some to pass. The Celtics shooting guard remained motionless on the floor for a moment but later was able to pick himself off the floor and walk back to the locker room on his own accord.

He was later evaluated for a concussion. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers tweeted he was praying for Brown. Irving finished with a team-high 23 points, eight assists and Al Horford stuffed the stat-sheet with 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

The Miami Heat, battling for playoff position in the East, earned a valuable 108-99 victory over Philadelphia, moving within one game of the 76ers for sixth place in the East.

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