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FILE - This Monday, April 13, 2015, file photo shows Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James signaling a play in an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Cleveland. For James, his homecoming season with the Cavaliers went up, down and sometimes sideways, like three seasons rolled into one. The fourth is about to begin. The only one that matters. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

LeBron begins new quest to end Cleveland’s title drought

Friday, April 17, 2015

CLEVELAND — For LeBron James, his homecoming season with the Cavaliers went up, down and sometimes sideways, like three seasons rolled into one. The fourth is about to begin. The only one that matters. James has his sights set on another NBA title, and if he can capture it over the next two months, he’ll not only crown his brilliant …

Inside the NBA playoffs

Thursday, April 16, 2015

EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 ATLANTA HAWKS (60-22) vs. No. 8 BROOKLYN NETS (38-44) Season Series: Hawks, 4-0. Atlanta led by at least 14 in every game, once by as much as 39. Brooklyn never led any of the four games by more than eight points. Story Line: Can Atlanta do it in the playoffs? Much has been made of the culture change Mike …

Celtics win 6th straight, beat Bucks 105-100

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MILWAUKEE — Kelly Olynyk needed five stitches to close a gash to his face after taking an elbow while going for a rebound. Starting for the injured Avery Bradley, Gigi Datome made big buckets in extended time in the fourth quarter. The Boston Celtics showed no quit Wednesday night even with their postseason …

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 …

Westbrook scores 36 to lead Thunder past Celtics 122-118

Thursday, March 19, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook scored 36 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Boston 122-118 on Wednesday night, snapping the Celtics’ five-game winning streak. Westbrook, the NBA’s leading scorer, also had 10 assists, five rebounds and …

Celtics win 5th straight, 108-89 over 76ers

Monday, March 16, 2015

BOSTON — Celtics coach Brad Stevens might soon be hearing some locker-room chatter about his team’s playoff push with the way it’s been playing. Tyler Zeller scored a career-high 26 points, Avery Bradley had 20 and the Celtics …

Turner, Celtics rally past Magic

Saturday, March 14, 2015

BOSTON — Evan Turner scored 16 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and the Boston Celtics overcame an 11-point deficit to beat the Orlando Magic 95-88 on Friday night. Turner scored 24 points in the second …

Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley help Celtics edge Grizzlies, 95-92

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics endured a bruising inside and returned it when it mattered most. Marcus Smart converted a go-ahead, three-point play with 52 seconds left, Avery Bradley added a clutch jumper with eight seconds remaining and …

Thomas’ 25 lifts Celtics past banged-up Heat, 100-90

Monday, March 9, 2015

MIAMI — Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points in another strong game off the bench, Brandon Bass added 14 and the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat 100-90 on Monday night. Luigi Datome scored 13 for the Celtics, and …

Harris, Harkless lift Magic past Celtics, 103-98

Sunday, March 8, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. — Maurice Harkless took advantage of some extra playing time and helped the Orlando Magic get a big win against the Boston Celtics. Harkless and Tobias Harris combined for 16 points in the fourth quarter Sunday …