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Celtics close out Bulls with rout

The Boston Celtics kept reminding each other not to let up as they closed in on a lopsided victory and a trip to the Eastern Conference semifinals. No need to worry about that. Avery Bradley scored 23 points, and the hot-shooting Celtics pounded the Chicago Bulls 105-83 to win their ...

Late run carries Celtics past Bulls

/ Apr 27, 2017

Late run carries Celtics past Bulls

The Celtics and Bulls found another thing to argue about after Game 5 of their spirited first-round playoff series: Was Avery Bradley more impressive on offense, or on defense? “Everyone knows he’s a good defender. Tonight, he got his offensive game going,” Chicago’s Dwyane ...

Rockets advance to West semis

/ Apr 26, 2017

Rockets advance to West semis

The Houston Rockets are headed to the Western Conference semifinals after using strong defense and a balanced scoring attack to overcome another big game by Russell Westbrook and eliminate the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 105-99 victory in Game 5 on Tuesday night. James ...

Warriors sweep away Trail Blazers in rout

/ Apr 25, 2017

Warriors sweep away Trail Blazers in rout

Long after the Trail Blazers had left their court, many of Golden State’s players celebrated on the floor at the Moda Center to the delight of a rather large contingent of yellow-clad fans who chanted “War-ri-ors! War-ri-ors!” The first-round sweep was sweet, even in ...

Kerr to miss Game 4 against Trail Blazers

/ Apr 24, 2017

Kerr to miss Game 4 against Trail Blazers

Ailing Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he won’t be on the sidelines for Game 4 on Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers because of symptoms stemming from back surgery. Kerr stayed behind at the team hotel for Saturday night’s Game 3 at ...

Cavaliers finish off Pacers in four

/ Apr 24, 2017

Cavaliers finish off Pacers in four

LeBron James stuck to the old script Sunday. Again, he bailed out the Cleveland Cavaliers. And again, he sent the Indiana Pacers home for vacation. On yet another milestone day for basketball’s king, James’ crowning achievement was making the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:08 to ...

Grizzles survive in OT to tie series with Spurs

/ Apr 23, 2017

Grizzles survive in OT to tie series with Spurs

Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said he was an option to take the final shot and that the San Antonio Spurs thought so, too, on a night when he scored a franchise-record 35 points. Marc Gasol laughed and insisted he didn’t know his teammate was ...

Thunder outlast Rockets, trim series lead to 2-1

/ Apr 22, 2017

Thunder outlast Rockets, trim series lead to 2-1

Russell Westbrook figured out that he didn’t have to do it all. Once that happened, the Thunder figured out how to beat the Houston Rockets. Westbrook scored 32 points in a triple-double and the Thunder held off the Rockets 115-113 on Friday night to ...

Huge rally carries Cavs past Pacers

/ Apr 21, 2017

Huge rally carries Cavs past Pacers

LeBron James celebrated another milestone with the greatest second-half comeback in playoff history. Win one more at Indiana, the four-time MVP will be crowned king of the first round. James scored 41 points while padding his postseason resume with yet another triple-double, leading defending ...

Westbrook’s 51 not enough for Thunder

/ Apr 20, 2017

Westbrook’s 51 not enough for Thunder

Russell Westbrook put up gaudy numbers on Wednesday night. The Houston Rockets got a more modest performance from James Harden, but a collective scoring effort helped them rally for a 115-111 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder to take a 2-0 lead in the ...

Marc has stats, Pau has wins in Gasols' playoff battle

/ Apr 19, 2017

Marc has stats, Pau has wins in Gasols' playoff battle

Marc is winning the individual battle. Older brother Pau is walking away with the victories in the Gasols’ first NBA playoff battle. The sibling showdown between the Spaniards has added another dimension to the Grizzlies-Spurs opening-round Western Conference series. The Gasols have been competing ...