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Crowder helps lift Celtics past Knicks 98-95

Isaiah Thomas' night off to rest his knee meant an opportunity for someone else to step up for the Celtics.

Jae Crowder did just that.

He scored nine of his 24 points late in the fourth quarter, Avery Bradley had 16 overall, and Boston held on to beat the Brooklyn Nets 98-95 on Friday night.

"A lot more shot opportunities," said Crowder, who also had a season-high 12 rebounds. "Just a lot of opportunities through our offense that we don't run for him. A lot of guys were getting a lot of looks that probably weren't used to getting."

The Nets had a chance to tie the game with under 6 seconds left, but Brook Lopez and Quincy Acy each missed...