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Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger (7) gathers in a rebound against Brooklyn Nets forward Mason Plumlee (1) as Celtics center Kelly Olynyk, lower right, looks on in the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Celtics win preseason finale; 100-86 over Nets

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — Boston coach Brad Stevens wasn’t about to completely praise rookie Marcus Smart’s performance. Stevens didn’t miss something he did wrong directly in front of him. Smart, the team’s first-round selection and No. 6 overall, scored 16 points and Jared Sullinger had 15 with 17 rebounds to lead the Celtics to a 100-86 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on …

Another down year expected for Celtics

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics didn’t get the franchise player they need from the draft. Now general manager Danny Ainge must decide whether to buy another ticket for the NBA lottery or put together a package of picks and players like the ones that brought Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to Boston in …

Atlantic Division team-by-team capsules

Monday, October 20, 2014

Capsules for the NBA’s Atlantic Division, listed in predicted order of divisional finish by AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds’: ATLANTIC DIVISION TORONTO RAPTORS LAST SEASON: 48-34, lost to Brooklyn Nets 4-3 in first round. STARTING FIVE: G Kyle Lowry (17.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 7.4 apg), G DeMar DeRozan (22.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.0 apg), G/F Terrence Ross (10.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.0 apg), …

Celtics close out season with loss to Wizards

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BOSTON — Bradley Beal scored 27 points and Washington clinched the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 118-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. The Wizards will be facing Chicago in their first …

Celtics near season’s end with loss to 76ers

Monday, April 14, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — Chris Johnson stepped back, heaved up a desperation 3-pointer and watched it fall in to tie the game with 0.9 seconds on the clock. Or so he thought. As it turned out, Johnson stepped back a …

Olynyk lifts Celtics past Cavs

Sunday, April 13, 2014

CLEVELAND — The Boston Celtics are trying to finish the season on a high note. The Cleveland Cavaliers are ending with another puzzling tailspin. Rookie Kelly Olynyk matched a career high with 25 points and the short-handed Celtics …

Bradley scores 22 as Celtics top Bobcats 106-103

Saturday, April 12, 2014

BOSTON — Phil Pressey had a career-high 13 assists, dove for loose balls and tipped a missed shot to a teammate with three seconds left. Not bad for Boston’s 5-foot-11 undrafted rookie who learned after pregame warmups that …

Hawks improve playoff chances with win over Celtics

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ATLANTA — Kyle Korver was concerned that the Atlanta Hawks were about to squander another chance to beat a struggling opponent. “We easily could’ve hung our heads there, but we kept fighting, got some good looks and we …

Rodney Stuckey has 26, Pistons rally past Celtics 115-111

Sunday, April 6, 2014

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Rodney Stuckey pulled the Pistons out of trouble. Stuckey came off the bench to score 26 points and the Detroit reserves helped wipe out a 19-point deficit as the Pistons topped Boston 115-111. …

Rajon Rondo’s triple-double not enough as Celtics fall to Sixers

Friday, April 4, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Michael Carter-Williams scored eight of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and Henry Sims had a career-high 24 points and added nine rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers celebrated their second victory in less than …

Wizards top Celtics 118-92 to clinch playoff berth

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WASHINGTON — John Wall was waving his towel as time expired. He joined his teammates at center court and did a little dance in the middle of a celebratory huddle. He gave Bradley Beal a bear hug from …

Mike Dunleavy, Bulls shake off Celtics for 94-80 win

Monday, March 31, 2014

CHICAGO — Mike Dunleavy had 22 points to lead five Bulls in double figures and Chicago broke open a close game with 13 straight points at the start of the fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics 94-80 …

Raptors clinch playoff berth with win over Celtics

Friday, March 28, 2014

TORONTO — Amir Johnson was finishing up a phone call as a crowd of reporters gathered around his locker. “My grandmother called and she said she’s proud,” a smiling Johnson said as he put the phone down. She …