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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 …

Celtics rally from big deficit to beat Hornets 106-98

Saturday, February 28, 2015

BOSTON — The ever-changing Boston Celtics have found a second unit that comes with a lot of offensive firepower. Newcomers Isaiah Thomas and Jonas Jerebko and relative newcomer Jae Crowder combined for more than half of the Celtics’ …

Turner’s triple-double erase C’s slow start, tops Knicks

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BOSTON — The recently reshuffled Boston Celtics hadn’t practiced lately and it showed early in Wednesday’s game against the New York Knicks. Midway through the third quarter, the Celtics got in sync and turned a six-point deficit into …

Isaiah Thomas helps Celtics beat Suns in return to Phoenix

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

PHOENIX — Avery Bradley scored 23 points, Isaiah Thomas burned his former team with eight critical points in the last two minutes, and the Boston Celtics held off the Phoenix Suns 115-110 Monday night. Boston made a season-high …

AP source: Celtics acquire Isaiah Thomas in trade with Suns

Thursday, February 19, 2015

PHOENIX — A person with knowledge of details of the transaction says the Phoenix Suns have dealt Isaiah Thomas to the Boston Celtics. The person asked not to be identified because the trade had not been officially announced. Thomas was one of the two members of the Suns’ …

Celtics rally, beat Hawks 89-88 on Evan Turner’s buzzer-beater

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens wasn’t about to put too much importance on his team’s comeback victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Hawks. “For 47 minutes, 59.8 seconds, we were the losing team,” Stevens said on …

Celts’ comeback falls just short in Milwaukee

Sunday, February 8, 2015

MILWAUKEE — Brandon Knight scored just two of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter. He couldn’t have picked a better time for those two points, though. Knight hit a jumper from the top of the key …

Jared Sullinger leads Celtics past 76ers, 107-96

Friday, February 6, 2015

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics played terribly for a stretch in the second half. It didn’t matter because they made everything look easy the rest of the time. Jared Sullinger led six Boston players in double figures with …

Benched at start, Jared Sullinger helps Celtics beat Denver at end

Thursday, February 5, 2015

BOSTON — Jared Sullinger sat out the first quarter and then missed his first five shots. By the end, he found his touch. Benched at the start because of lateness, Sullinger made two free throws with 22.8 seconds …

Lineup change helps Celtics beat Knicks, snap 3-game skid

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

NEW YORK — The Boston Celtics changed their starters — and their start. “We came with energy right out of the gate,” guard Marcus Smart said. “That’s what we’ve been lacking.” Avery Bradley scored 26 points, Jared Sullinger …

Hassan Whiteside comes up big for Heat in 83-75 win over Celtics

Sunday, February 1, 2015

BOSTON — Hassan Whiteside scored half of his 20 points during a dominant stretch spanning the third and fourth quarters to help the Miami Heat stave off Boston’s rally and snap a two-game slide with an 83-75 victory …