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Gutsy Celtics rally for stunning win over Cavs

Leprechauns are imaginary. Celtic pride is very real. Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer danced on the rim and dropped with less than a second left and Boston, blown out in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals and playing without star Isaiah Thomas, stunned the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-108 on Sunday ...

Cavs send Celtics to record loss

/ May 20, 2017

Cavs send Celtics to record loss

An NBA playoff-record, 41-point halftime lead. A franchise record for total points. A 13th consecutive playoff win, tying another league record. And LeBron James says the Cleveland Cavaliers can still do better. “I believe we’ve got another level, as well,” he said after Cleveland ...

LeBron, Harden, Westbrook lead All-NBA first team picks

/ May 19, 2017

LeBron, Harden, Westbrook lead All-NBA first team picks

For Cleveland’s LeBron James, there was history. For Houston’s James Harden, there was affirmation. And for Indiana’s Paul George and Utah’s Gordon Hayward, a chance at signing contracts exceeding $200 million this summer is gone. James and Harden headlined the All-NBA first team that ...

LeBron, Cavaliers manhandle Celts

/ May 18, 2017

LeBron, Cavaliers manhandle Celts

So much for the Cavaliers being rusty. LeBron James embarrassed every defender Boston threw at him and Cleveland picked up where it left off following a long layoff, rolling to a 117-104 victory Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. James ...

Warriors pounce on listless Spurs

/ May 17, 2017

Warriors pounce on listless Spurs

Steve Kerr provided a strong message, just not from his usual spot on the bench: Play with urgency from the opening tip this time. The Golden State Warriors did just that for their ailing coach watching from the locker room, and left Gregg Popovich ...

/ May 17, 2017

Celtics win NBA Draft lottery

The Celtics won by beating out the Lakers, giving the draft lottery an old NBA Finals feel. Yet, obvious by Magic Johnson’s smile, the hated rivals were both celebrating. The Celtics won the lottery Tuesday night to continue another amazing basketball springtime in Boston, ...

Celtics push past Wizards in Game 7

/ May 16, 2017

Celtics push past Wizards in Game 7

Isaiah Thomas said he didn’t feel any pressure entering his first Game 7. His play backed up his confidence and with the help of Kelly Olynyk and the Boston Celtics bench, Thomas earned the biggest win of his career. Thomas scored 29 points and ...

Spurs' Leonard to miss Game 2

/ May 16, 2017

Spurs' Leonard to miss Game 2

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has ruled Kawhi Leonard out for Game 2 of the Western Conference finals with a sprained left ankle caused by what Popovich described as a “dangerous” and “unsportsmanlike” closeout by Golden State’s Zaza Pachulia. Leonard had an MRI on Monday ...

Cavaliers itching to get going again

/ May 14, 2017

Cavaliers itching to get going again

Kyrie Irving misses the sounds, the sights, the stress of the NBA Playoffs. The All-Star point guard isn’t the only one. “We’re itching to play,” Irving said. The Cavaliers are still waiting. With Washington and Boston headed to a Game 7 on Monday, Cleveland’s ...

Wall's late 3 helps Wizards force Game 7

/ May 13, 2017

Wall's late 3 helps Wizards force Game 7

John Wall stood atop the scorer’s table, popping his jersey, yelling and celebrating his 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left for the go-ahead basket that put his Washington Wizards into a Game 7 against the Boston Celtics. After Washington’s 92-91 victory extended the Eastern Conference ...

Spurs rout Rockets to advance to West finals

/ May 12, 2017

Spurs rout Rockets to advance to West finals

San Antonio is heading to the Western Conference finals for the 13th time thanks to a player who has never been there. The Spurs eliminated the sluggish James Harden and the Houston Rockets with a 114-75 victory in Game 6 on Thursday night behind ...

Former NBA coach George Irvine dies at 69

/ May 11, 2017

Former NBA coach George Irvine dies at 69

George Irvine, who coached nearly 200 games for the Indiana Pacers in the 1980s before working in the front office, has died after battling cancer. He was 69. The Pacers announced the death Tuesday after speaking with Irvine’s family. Irvine had been living near ...