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Celtics move into virtual tie atop East

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BOSTON (AP) Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics have almost caught Cleveland for the top spot in Eastern Conference. Now they're focused on passing the Cavaliers.

Thomas scored 30 points, including 20 in the second half, and Boston beat the Miami Heat 112-108 on Sunday night for its fourth straight victory.

The win moved Boston within percentage points of Cleveland for the No. 1 seed in the East. The Celtics have one more victory than the Cavs, but also one more loss. Boston (48-26) also equaled its win total from last season.

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Rebounds Per Game
Rank Name RPG
1 H. Whiteside, Mia14.2
2 A. Drummond, Det14.0
3 D. Jordan, LAC13.6
4 D. Howard, Atl12.9
5 R. Gobert, Uta12.8
6 K. Towns, Min12.1
7 A. Davis, NO11.9
8 K. Love, Cle11.0
9 D. Cousins, NO10.8
10 M. Gortat, Was10.8
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Blocks Per Game
Rank Name BPG
1 R. Gobert, Uta2.61
2 A. Davis, NO2.20
3 M. Turner, Ind2.11
4 H. Whiteside, Mia2.09
5 K. Porzingis, NY1.97
6 G. Antetokounmpo, Mil1.89
7 D. Jordan, LAC1.66
8 L. Nogueira, Tor1.65
9 K. Durant, GS1.64
10 B. Lopez, Bkn1.63
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