For all his struggles throughout this playoff series, Avery Bradley took charge of an almost improbable comeback at the end Friday night in Game 6 at TD Garden.
It started with his jumper with 9:21 left, and he turned up his defense, as did the rest of the Celtics, holding the Knicks scoreless over a stretch that spanned 4:43.
Bradley also recorded a key steal with 7:28 left, scored a layup, made another steal, and hit a pair of free throws before sinking a layup and later adding a dunk off a steal that made it a 4-point game with 3:32 left.
Though the Celtics lost, 88-80, thus ending their season as the New York Knicks won the first-round playoff series, 4-2, that stretch was by far the best Bradley has played since Game 1 of the series, when he had 15 points. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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