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Outlook grim for Celtics following tough season

The third-worst season in Boston Celtics history is over, leaving Danny Ainge with plenty of problems as he continues to rebuild the team. Rookie coach Brad Stevens isn’t one of them. “I have no worries about Brad,” Ainge, the Celtics president of basketball operations, said. “Brad is maybe the only ...

Thunder's Durant pours in 42 points in season finale

Apr 17, 2014

Thunder's Durant pours in 42 points in season finale

The Detroit Pistons had Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Oklahoma City Thunder had Kevin Durant. Even on a career night for Caldwell-Pope, advantage Oklahoma City. Durant scored 42 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Thunder secured the No. 2 playoff seed in the ...

Clippers beat Nuggets to set franchise mark with 57th win

Apr 16, 2014

Clippers beat Nuggets to set franchise mark with 57th win

Blake Griffin won’t be playing in Portland, regardless of whether his 16th technical of the season is rescinded. Griffin will stay home to rest, along with J.J. Redick, while the rest of the Los Angeles Clippers close out the regular season against the Trail ...

LeBron sits as Heat lose, hand Pacers top seed

Apr 15, 2014

LeBron sits as Heat lose, hand Pacers top seed

LeBron James’ only visible significant role was that of postgame heckler, interrupting Michael Beasley’s interview amid a loose, upbeat locker room that normally wouldn’t jibe with a 21-point loss — or throwing in a towel in the race for a No. 1 seed. James ...

Pacers hold on to top spot in East

Apr 14, 2014

Pacers hold on to top spot in East

The Pacers were back to being themselves Sunday. They made shots. They defended hard for 48 minutes. Lance Stephenson regained his swagger and, yes, the reeling Pacers even looked like a playoff-ready team. David West made three free throws in the final 15 seconds ...

Apr 12, 2014

Former Hawks star Hudson dies at 69

Dominique Wilkins hopes young fans take the time to learn about Lou Hudson. Wilkins says they’ll discover “Sweet Lou” was one of the best shooting guards in NBA history. Hudson, the smooth-shooting Hawks star who averaged more than 20 points during 13 NBA seasons, ...

Heat blast Pacers

Apr 12, 2014

Heat blast Pacers

For most of the season, the Miami Heat were chasing the Indiana Pacers. On Friday, they just blew by them. Control of the Eastern Conference again belongs to the Heat, after LeBron James scored 36 points and the two-time defending NBA champions opened the ...

Warriors blow big lead, fall to Nuggets at home

Apr 11, 2014

Warriors blow big lead, fall to Nuggets at home

Kenneth Farried watched the Golden State Warriors celebrate enough victories against the Denver Nuggets during last year’s playoffs. He wouldn’t allow his team to witness another Warriors coronation this spring. Faried hit a turnaround hook shot over Draymond Green with a half-second remaining, and ...

Westbrook leads Thunder by Clips

Apr 10, 2014

Westbrook leads Thunder by Clips

Oklahoma City has its starting five back together just in time for the playoffs. Their weeks apart didn’t hurt their defense at all. Russell Westbrook scored 30 points in his return to the lineup, Kevin Durant added 27, and the Thunder held off the ...

Nets complete season sweep of Heat

Apr 9, 2014

Nets complete season sweep of Heat

A debated block at the buzzer. A season sweep of the NBA champions. Hello, Brooklyn — the only NBA team this season to go unbeaten against the Miami Heat. Mason Plumlee denied LeBron James’ dunk attempt at the rim with 2 seconds left, and ...

Apr 8, 2014

Mourning, Richardson elected to Hall of Fame

Alonzo Mourning went to Georgetown to play basketball, not discover the world. The 208-cm center who won an NBA title with the Miami Heat was voted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday, adding that honor to becoming a board member ...

Heat victory pushes Knicks closer to edge

Apr 7, 2014

Heat victory pushes Knicks closer to edge

LeBron James couldn’t wake up Sunday. He was sluggish when his alarm went off at 8 a.m. and still in a funk when the Miami Heat and New York Knicks tipped off five hours later. He eventually got into form, just in time to ...