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Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger, right, has his shot blocked by Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Millsap, Teague pace Hawks to 121-97 win over Boston

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

ATLANTA — Paul Millsap scored 25 points, Jeff Teague added 16 and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Boston Celtics 121-97 on Tuesday night. Atlanta had dropped four of five and was coming off a loss Saturday at Cleveland in which coach Mike Budenholzer was ejected and subsequently fined $25,000 for bumping into referee Ben Taylor. The Hawks essentially put the game out of reach with an 18-3 run that made it 100-80 with 6:20 remaining on Teague’s three-point play. Avery Bradley had 15 of his 25 points in the first half for Boston, which has dropped three of four. Isaiah Thomas scored 14 points as …

Nets hold off Celtics 111-101 for home-and-home split

Sunday, November 22, 2015

NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets were embarrassed and angry, and two nights later were 35 points better. Brook Lopez had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Jarrett Jack scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and the Nets beat the Boston Celtics 111-101 on Sunday for a split of a …

Bradley, Thomas lead Celtics to 120-95 win over Nets

Saturday, November 21, 2015

BOSTON — Avery Bradley has taken over Isaiah Thomas’ role as instant offense off the bench for the Boston Celtics. Bradley scored 21 points Friday night in a 120-95 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. He has reached double figures in all four games since coming back from a calf injury, and it was …

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 …

LeBron scores 30, Cavaliers hold off Celtics 99-91 in Game 2

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

CLEVELAND — The Celtics wouldn’t go away, and then LeBron James showed them the door. James scored 30 points — 15 in the fourth quarter — and Kyrie Irving added 26 as the Cleveland Cavaliers finally shook off …

Former OSU star Jared Sullinger lives his playoff dream with Celtics

Monday, April 20, 2015

CLEVELAND — When the Boston Celtics sent out a news release on Feb. 22 that he had been lost for the regular season, Jared Sullinger believed it. The former All-American at Ohio State admitted he virtually gave up …

‘Big 3’ lead Cavaliers past Celtics 113-100 in Game 1

Sunday, April 19, 2015

CLEVELAND — More than hour after his first playoff game with LeBron James and Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving made a statement more profound than anything he did on the floor. “We,” Irving said, “are the Big 3. We …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Jae Crowder’s long fall-away lifts Celtics over Raptors, 95-93

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics knew they were in the playoffs. Now they can start thinking about a matchup with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jae Crowder hit an off-balance fall-away shot from deep on the right …

Celts close in on playoffs with rout of Cavaliers

Sunday, April 12, 2015

BOSTON — Celtics coach Brad Stevens didn’t get carried away by Boston’s rout of a Cleveland team that bore little resemblance to the real Cavaliers. LeBron James and J.R. Smith watched from the bench. Kevin Love and Kyrie …

Marcus Smart leads Celtics past Cavaliers 99-90

Friday, April 10, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) — Boston got another big win Friday night. That’s all it cared about. Who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers was of little concern for the surging Celtics. Marcus Smart scored 19 points, and the Celtics maintained …