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If these two old rivals meet in the one-game, play-in event, it’s going to be classic.

In a defensive slugfest that ended in a Knicks heartbreaker, the Celtics rallied from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit and eked out a 101-99 victory at TD Garden on Wednesday. Marcus Smart hit the game-clinching 3-pointer with 35 seconds left to break the tie.

Alec Burks missed a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left and then got blocked on a drive in the lane with 10 seconds left to clinch the loss.

The Knicks are 2-8 in games decided by three points or fewer this season.

If the season ended now, the Celtics and Knicks would meet in the No. 7-vs.-8 play-in tournament game in the NBA’s new format to qualify for the actual playoffs. The Celtics are now in seventh place at 26-26. The Knicks fell to eighth place at 25-27, having lost five of their last six games.

The Knicks fell to the Celtics on Wednesday.NBAE via Getty Images

This was a doozy, but the Knicks lost a seven-point lead in the final 8:12 with Smart keying the comeback, catching an airball underneath and laying it home for big bucket with two minutes left.

The loss spoiled a gem of a game for RJ Barrett, who made 6 of 6 3-pointers to finish with 29 points. However, Barrett also committed a costly turnover, losing his dribble in the left corner, that led to a Jaylen Brown fastbreak layup to put the Celtics in the lead at 93-90 with 1:01 left.

Barrett tied the score with his fifth 3-pointer, but it wasn’t enough. Julius Randle scored 22 points with nine rebounds, six assists and three steals.

Randle was ferocious in the third quarter, barreling in transition for buckets and powering the Knicks to a 73-70 lead entering the final period.

Jayson Tatum scored 25 points and Brown added 32. Tatum didn’t play when the Knicks won in Boston by 30 points in January.

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Westbrooks triple-double, Beals 37 lead Wiz over Pistons

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russell Westbrook had his 25th triple-double of the season, Bradley Beal scored 37 points and the Washington Wizards beat the Detroit Pistons 121-100 on Saturday night.

Westbrook finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in the fourth straight win for Washington (23-33), which continues its late-season push.

He has 17 triple-doubles, 10 shy of Oscar Robertson’s record.

Isaiah Stewart and Frank Jackson each scored 19 points for Detroit. Josh Jackson scored 17 as the Pistons failed in their attempt to win consecutive games for only the third time this season.

The Wizards never trailed and took the lead for good at the start of the second quarter and methodically built it in the second half.

Washington lost two starters during the game. Center Alex Len left with ankle soreness after scoring eight points in seven minutes, and in the third quarter forward Rui Hachimura exited with soreness in his left leg.

Ish Smith scored 16 and Robin Lopez added 15 for the Wizards.


Pistons: G Rodney McGruder (sprained right elbow), G Dennis Smith (sore left knee) and F Sekou Doumbouya (neck soreness) were out. … G Killian Hayes was rested in the second half of a back-to-back. … Coach Dwane Casey celebrated his 64th birthday. “The alternative is not good,” Casey joked.

Wizards: F Davis Bertans missed his second straight game because his wife gave birth to a baby boy. “We have another Wizards fan in the family,” coach Scott Brooks said. … Beal played in his 592nd game, fifth most in franchise history.


Pistons: Host Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday

Wizards: Host Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.


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