Friday, April 27, 2018
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Horford's late follow lifts Celtics

AUBURN HILLS. Mich. — Al Horford got the winning basket, though it was Marcus Smart who made the biggest play.

With the score tied at 92, Jae Crowder missed a go-ahead 3-pointer, but Smart came from the corner to tip the ball back at the basket. His shot didn't go in, but it gave Horford time to set himself for the follow shot with 1.3 seconds left that gave the Celtics a 94-92 win over the Pistons.

"The credit goes to Marcus, because that was a championship-level play," Horford said. "He crashed the glass hard."

Said Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy: "We just stood there and watched. They missed and no one moved or blocked out."

Isaiah Thomas had 24 points and eight assists for Boston. Horford, the former Gator, added 18 points and 11 rebounds.

"We didn't call a timeout in the last four minutes, because I just wanted to let them play," Boston coach Brad Stevens said. "Our guys were making the right reads and the right plays."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: D.J. Augustin scored 18, Serge Ibaka added 15 points and nine rebounds and the host Magic beat the shorthanded Mavericks 95-87. Dallas played without Dirk Nowitzki, Devin Harris and Deron Williams. … Kevin Durant had 33 points as the visiting Warriors held off the Bucks 124-121. … Goran Dragic scored 22 and the visiting Heat held on for a 114-111 victory over the Wizards. Miami scored its most points this season and got its first back-to-back wins. … Joel Embiid scored a career-high 26 in 20 minutes, and the host 76ers routed the Suns 120-105 for their most convincing win of the season. … Anthony Davis had 38 points and 16 rebounds, and the host Pelicans beat the Hornets 121-116 in overtime for their second straight win. … James Harden had 31 points and 10 assists to lead the host Rockets to a 111-102 victory over the Jazz. … JaMychal Green had 19 points and eight rebounds, and the host Grizzlies clamped down on defense en route to a 93-71 victory over the Timberwolves.

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