The 2015-16 Celtics posted 48 wins, which was the most in five years, and clinched the team’s first winning record in three seasons. Boston was led by All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas and All-Defense First Team selection Avery Bradley and younger stars like Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart, Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk. As the fifth seed in the NBA Playoffs, the Celtics faced a talented Atlanta Hawks team in the Eastern Conference First Round. Each team won on their home floors – including a 42-point show by Thomas in Game 3 – until the Hawks won at the Garden in Game 6 to clinch the series.
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