Last-second shot by Crowder clinches No. 7 seed for Celtics
BOSTON – Jae Crowder hit an off-balance fall-away from deep on the right wing with .8 seconds left , lifting Boston to a 95-93 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday that secured the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference for the Celtics.
Evan Turner and Avery Bradley each scored 14 points for Boston, which will face No. 2 seed Cleveland in the playoffs. Brandon Bass added 13 points and nine rebounds. The Celtics had clinched a spot Monday when Brooklyn lost.
•NENE HELD FROM GAME: Forward Nene was held out of Washington's game Tuesday at Indiana. The Wizards locked up the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but the absence could impact the No. 8 spot: Indiana has a half-game lead over Brooklyn.
•BATUM OUT: Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum has a right knee contusion and will miss the regular-season finale against the Mavericks in Dallas.