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Celtics clinch No. 1 seed in East, beat Bucks 112-94

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Spencer Simpson | 17 April, 2017, 00:57

Dwyane Wade had his eye on the postseason from the moment he signed with the Chicago Bulls.

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

"I think it's going to help me during the playoffs", he said. This is what I enjoy. However, it comes down to can you stop three all-stars from doing what they do best.

Facing a possible win-or-go-home situation, the Bulls extended their season with a resounding 112-73 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. The Bulls were 34-39 on March 24, and their playoff prospects looked unpromising.

Despite playing without four key players who stayed home to rest for the Eastern Conference playoffs, Milwaukee stayed close for three quarters before dropping a 112-94 decision to the Celtics, who were able to secure the No. 1 seed in the East.

The Celtics got off to an inconsistent start as they struggled to maintain a winning run as the current champions the Cavs were racing away from the rest of the pack. "We're just believing in ourselves". San Antonio easily has the best player in this series in Kawhi Leonard, who's having an MVP caliber season. Cleveland at one point had a 26 point lead in this game. We're just focusing, like I said, on what we can control. We don't need anybody else to believe in us.

Boston will see a familiar face in round one: Bulls guard Rajon Rondo, the former captain of the Celtics who spent eight-plus seasons with the team and was part of the 2007-08 title team.

Stevens credited his team for being consistent with their preparation and the way they competed during the season, but certainly wasn't about to arrange a duck boat parade for earning the top seed. "Our backs were against the wall". It was clear the effort wasn't the same this regular season as it was last season on that end of the floor. "Now the fun begins".

That first game for the Bulls and Celtics would become the foundation for one the NBA's most quiet rivalries of the season. The Boston Celtics are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game.

As for front court match ups the Bulls bigs are good rebounders and they will likely out rebound the Celtics. But it's a safe bet Butler won't draw the assignment for that long. You guys were in us, you guys were physical.' We don't have that presence anymore. "It's playoff basketball. It's great to have a guy that has championship experience like he has".

Meanwhile, Wade said he and his teammates needed to carry their positive feelings from Wednesday's win into the postseason.

Both teams will still be heading to the playoffs.

Said Thomas: "It's very special to me". It's an accomplishment for us.

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

"Obviously, number one is availability. We want Melo!" chants broke out. Rondo scored 10 points.

Scott Brooks has worked wonders in his first year coaching the Wizards and Washington's magical season will continue past the first round.

WATCHING WADE: Wade experienced a rebirth during the playoffs with Miami last season.

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