Celtics Clinch No. 1 Seed in Eastern Conference with Win vs

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The victory, which completed a four-game sweep of the season series with the Nets - who will provide Boston with one of the top four picks in the draft lottery - moved the Celtics a game ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers atop the conference.

David Zalubowski/APThe Cavaliers are now a game behind the Boston Celtics for the No. 1 seed in the East after stumbling down the stretch of the season.

While Butler and Thomas won't guard one another, they will have the game within the game battle of which All-Star can lead their team to the second-round.

"Rondo's a hell of a guard and then you've got Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler and you've just got to make it hard for them, make it tough for them", Thomas said.

They will take on the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs.

Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) drives to the basket past Milwaukee Bucks forwards Thon Maker (7) and Michael Beasley (9) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

Boston shrugged off an unimpressive first three quarters on Fan Appreciation Night and ran away with a 112-94 victory.

"We came out healthy, we got guys minutes that needed to get minutes and now we've got to get ready for the (post-season)", Bucks coach Jason Kidd said.

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.

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The Boston Celtics make their third straight playoff appearance and have won 12 of their last 16 games. Wearing a brace that he'll sport in the playoffs, Thompson scored 10 points in 18 minutes. They regrouped to win the next two games at the Garden but dropped Game 5 in Atlanta and Game 6 at home to end their season.

Still, the Celtics coach appreciates those accomplishments. Thomas made Celtics history with his streak of consecutive games with at least 20 points scored, going from November 18 to February 27 without having a single game with less than 20.

Despite winning the top seed, the Celtics are not the favorites to win the East, and frankly, it's not even close.

"It's very special. For me it is", Thomas said.

"I thought about [the No. 1 seed] a lot".

"I look forward to that matchup", Butler said after Friday's practice.

The Celtics finished the regular season at 53-29 after going 27-11 since January 24th. The NBA didn't start keeping track of blocks or steals until the 1973-74 season. He's averaged 23.9 points, 5.5 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game in the regular season. Afterward, he said he was "100 percent". "We're going to have our hands full, but I guess it's the playoffs, that's what's supposed to be the case". "I was able to get my rhythm back tonight". Totals 37-84 14-17 94.

Boston's Avery Bradley scored 18 points, Marcus Smart had 13 points and six assists, Jae Crowder 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Kelly Olynyk 11 points and six boards.

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