Bradley: We're going to fight no matter what

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Bradley: We're going to fight no matter what

The Celtics led the Nuggets comfortably for much of regulation. But when the fourth quarter rolled around, the Denver Nuggets tied things ups and it was back and forth from there.

There were times where it looked as if the C's were simply out of gas, but sure enough, somebody stepped up when needed most.

"We grinded this one out," Avery Bradley said after the team's 118-114 triple-OT win. "You can tell we didn't want to lose. We scrapped the whole game. You could tell we just wanted it."

That was apparent when Boston simply wouldn't go away even though they seemingly trailed for the entirety of each overtime until the very end. Whether it was Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jeff Green, or Jason Terry, guys did everything they could to keep their winning streak alive.

"I tell everybody every single game: Jason Terry can play defense," Bradley said. "I mean you see it every single night - makes big plays like that. But we played well as a team. Like you said, people were hitting big shots, playing great defense at the end of the game, big rebounds at the end of the game. Like I said, we were just fighting all night - everybody."

And it paid off. The Celtics hard-earned win should pay dividends now and down the line. This was their best win of the streak, a complete game against one of the hottest teams in the NBA.

"It gives us that confidence going into the next game," Bradley said. "We know our game plan. We know what we need to do to be successful; the way that we need to play. Getting these wins just lets us know that the way we've been playing, if we continue to play that way it's going to be hard to beat us."

And they're proving now that they can't be counted out.

"We're the team in the league right now that's going to fight no matter what," he continued. "KG always says it's bar fight. Every game is a bar fight for us, so that's how we play."

Russell Westbrook wins NBA MVP; Rockets, Bucks take two awards

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Russell Westbrook wins NBA MVP; Rockets, Bucks take two awards

NEW YORK - Russell Westbrook was voted NBA MVP on Monday night after setting a record with 42 triple-doubles last season.

Westbrook's victory ended the first NBA Awards show, which included two wins apiece for the Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks.

Westbrook joined Oscar Robertson as the only players to average a triple-double for the season, and he broke Robertson's single-season record set when he had 41 triple-doubles in 1961-62.

The point guard beat out Houston's James Harden and San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard to succeed Stephen Curry, who had won the past two MVP awards.

Earlier, Milwaukee's Malcolm Brogdon became the first player not picked in the first round to win NBA Rookie of the Year in the common draft era.

Brogdon was the No. 36 overall selection out of Virginia. The common draft era began in 1966.

"I think it's an example for guys that are told they are too short, they are not athletic enough, they are not real point guards, they are not real shooting guards," Brogdon said. "I just think it's an important message for people to see, and it can be done. It just takes a lot."

Teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo won the Most Improved Player award.

Houston coach Mike D'Antoni won his second Coach of the Year award, and the Rockets' Eric Gordon was Sixth Man of the Year after setting a record for most 3-pointers off the bench in his first season as a reserve.

The NBA formerly gave out its individual awards at various points throughout the postseason before switching to the awards show this season and presenting them all at once in front of the league's top players and stars from the entertainment world.

Two of the best moments came during segments that didn't include the NBA's six individual awards.

Bill Russell was presented the first Lifetime Achievement award, welcomed on stage by fellow Hall of Fame centers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, David Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo. The 11-time champion as a player and the league's first black coach first pointed at them and joked that he would have kicked their butts, then told them: "You have no idea how much respect I have for you guys."

Former Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams was given the SagerStrong Award for the strength he showed after his wife was killed in a car crash in Oklahoma City. He was given a colorful jacket like the ones worn by Craig Sager, the longtime Turner Sports reporter who died of cancer this past season.

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