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The Boston Celtics continued their momentum Wednesday in the race for second place in the Eastern Conference with a 117-94 victory over the Chicago Bulls, thanks to Jaylen Brown and his 25 points scored.

The Boston Celtics continued their momentum Wednesday in the race for second place in the Eastern Conference with a 117-94 victory over the Chicago Bulls, thanks to Jaylen Brown and his 25 points scored.

The six teams directly qualified for the playoffs being known, the only suspense lies in the order of the seeds.

Miami, ahead of Boston two games from the end of the regular season, needs only one win against Atlanta or Orlando to secure first place.

All eyes then turned to the battle for second place, which was fought by the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, and Philadelphia 76ers.

After their successes on Tuesday, Milwaukee and Philadelphia have 49 wins, one less now than Boston after the one over Chicago.

Brown spearheaded the dominance of the Celtics, who led from start to finish, and five players reached double numbers, including Al Horford (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Jayson Tatum (16 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists).

With this success, Boston reached the 50-win mark for the first time since the 2017-2018 season. A source of pride for coach Ime Udoka who took the helm of the team this season: “It’s a good thing to be back where we are expected,” said the one who has his first experience as a head coach in the NBA.

The Bulls, who occupy the sixth and final qualifying spot in the Eastern Conference, lined up a third straight loss.

We arrived with a lot of energy,” Celtic Horford said after the game, stressing that the team was determined to maintain its form despite Robert Williams’ serious knee injury in March.

For the past month, we played basketball at the playoff level. That’s what I expect from our guys,” he added.

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Nets topple Knicks

The Brooklyn Nets caught up -21 in the third quarter to beat the New York Knicks 110-98 at Madison Square Garden, inflicting a 38-16 on their rivals in the final quarter thanks to a triple-double by Kevin Durant (32 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists) and 24 points by Kyrie Irving.

Even if Brooklyn is guaranteed to play the playoff next week, its star regrets that the team was hooked and even trailed by 21 points at the beginning of the third quarter.

It’s risky; I hate to be led like that,” Durant said. “I hate being that team, you know, that is on the ground and fighting,” he added, also stressing “the right state of mind” at the end of the game.

His team has two games left to secure seventh place and home-field advantage. It starts with a clash Friday against Cleveland, a direct competitor.

In the Western Conference, the Dallas Mavericks, playoff contenders, swept the eliminated Detroit Pistons with a 131-113 victory.

As for the Phoenix Suns, already assured of first place, they lost 113-109 on the field of the Los Angeles Clippers. Their stars Devin Booker, Chris Paul, Jae Crowder, and Deandre Ayton were left to rest.

Results of the night:

Atlanta-Washington 118-103

New York-Brooklyn 98-110

LA Clippers-Phoenix 113-109

Utah-Oklahoma City

137-101

Chicago-Boston

94-117

Detroit-Dallas

113-131

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