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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James slams a dunk against the Boston Celtics during the second half of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Thursday, April 23, 2015. James had 31 points as the Cavaliers defeated the Celtics 103-95, taking a 3-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

James scores 31, Cavs beat Celts for 3-0 series lead

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BOSTON — LeBron James got to the arena early. When he left the Cleveland Cavaliers had a chance to put an early end to the series. James scored 31 points in his first playoff game in Boston since a masterful performance in the 2012 postseason. And Cleveland moved one win away from a sweep in its first playoff series in five years with a 103-95 victory Thursday night. James arrived an hour early at the morning shootaround, accompanied by teammate J.R. Smith. It was a sign of his leadership, according to coach David Blatt. “He didn’t necessarily have to” after scoring 30 points in Game …

Larry Bird, Big Papi on board of Boston Olympic bid committee

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Larry Bird and David Ortiz are members of the board that will try to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston. The Boston basketball and baseball stars will be joined by two dozen other athletes and business leaders on the committee. Among them are two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan, 2014 Boston …

Rajon Rondo finished with Mavs, knee bumps Parsons from playoffs

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DALLAS — Rajon Rondo is out in Dallas. Rick Carlisle made that clear when asked if he thought the free agent-to-be would wear a Mavericks uniform again. “No, I don’t,” the coach said. The Mavericks announced Wednesday that Rondo injured his back before the last of several times the point guard was benched …

Marcus Smart’s buzzer-beater gives Celtics OT win

Saturday, April 4, 2015

TORONTO — Marcus Smart hit a buzzer-beating layup in overtime and the Boston Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors 117-116 on Saturday night. With 2.6 seconds left and Boston trailing by one, Smart took a pass from a driving …

Ersan Ilyasova leads third-quarter surge, Bucks top Celtics 110-101

Friday, April 3, 2015

BOSTON — The Milwaukee Bucks needed a second-half comeback to avoid their 12th straight road loss. Just 3 minutes into their dominant third quarter they had a lead they never lost. Ersan Ilyasova led Milwaukee’s 18-2 surge in …

Kelly Olynyk overcomes eye injury, leads Celts past Pacers 100-87

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

BOSTON — Kelly Olynyk stood against a wall in the middle of the locker room, looking more like he just left a boxing ring than a basketball court. With his left eye bruised and nearly shut with four …

Avery Bradley scores 30, Celtics defeat Hornets 116-104

Monday, March 30, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Avery Bradley says despite a season of ups and downs, he never stopped believing the Boston Celtics were a playoff team. If the Celtics continue to play the way they have in recent weeks, Bradley …

Celtics drop back out of playoffs with loss to Doc, Clippers

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSTON — The Los Angeles Clippers have responded quite nicely to a pair of disappointing losses to Western Conference contenders. J.J. Redick scored 27 points, Chris Paul had 21 points and 10 assists, and the Clippers beat the …

Isaiah Thomas scores 18, Celtics hold off Knicks for 96-92 win

Friday, March 27, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Celtics are making a playoff push — and they came to the right place to keep things rolling Friday night. Even if they had to sweat this one out a bit. Isaiah …

Injury-riddled Heat beat Celtics 93-86

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BOSTON — The Miami Heat were coming off a difficult loss at Milwaukee, and they were missing three key players due to injuries from the game against the Bucks. Goran Dragic knew what he had to do. Dragic …

Evan Turner has triple-double, Celts beat Nets 110-91 to end skid

Monday, March 23, 2015

NEW YORK — Evan Turner had 19 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 110-91 on Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak that had dropped them out of playoff …

Drummond, Caldwell-Pope lead Pistons past Celtics in OT

Sunday, March 22, 2015

BOSTON — The Detroit Pistons’ playoff hopes likely faded away a couple of weeks ago. They can still have a say on who might get there. Andre Drummond had 18 points and 22 rebounds, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored seven …

Leonard scores 22, Spurs top Celtics 101-89 after late scare

Saturday, March 21, 2015

SAN ANTONIO — Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed Friday night, holding off the Boston Celtics 101-89 after getting a late scare. Tony Parker had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Tiago …