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    Last-gasp Avery Bradley triple lifts Thomas-less Celtics to Game Three win over Cavaliers

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    May 22, 2017
    Avery Bradley and the Celtics end the Cavaliers' playoff win run at 10. AP

    AVERY Bradley hit a last-second triple as the Boston Celtics completed a fightback from 21 points down to beat the Cavaliers, 111-108, on Sunday in Cleveland (Monday, Manila time).

    The Celtics, without main man Isaiah Thomas due to a hip injury, trailed 56-77 in the third but rallied and moved ahead, 99-98, on back-to-back baskets by Kelly Olynyk.

    It was a see-saw battle from there, with the Celtics prevailing to prevent end the Cavaliers run of 10 victories in these playoffs.

    Kyrie Irving tied the game at 108 with a driving layup, and Bradley came up with the game-winner in the dying moments.

    The Celtics now hope to tie the series, while the Cavaliers try to get back on track in Game Four of the best-of-seven series on Tuesday.

    Bradley finished with 20 points, making 8 of 23 field goal attempts including 3 of 8 from beyond the arc.

    Marcus Smart went 7 for 10 from the 3-point line and wound up with 27 points, while Jae Crowder had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.

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    Al Horford scored 16.

    The Cavaliers got big games from Irving and Kevin Love but LeBron James had a measly 11 points in 45 minutes of action, making only four of 13 field goal attempts and missing all four shots from beyond the arc.

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    Irving wound up with 29 points on 10 of 15 shooting, while Love went 8 for 16, including 7 for 13 from beyond the arc.

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    Avery Bradley and the Celtics end the Cavaliers' playoff win run at 10. AP
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