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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James pulls up his sleeve while facing the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Thursday, April 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

James scores 31 as Cavs beat Celtics, 103-95, for 3-0 series lead

Friday, April 24, 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 …

It might be now or never for Pelicans, Bucks and Celtics

Thursday, April 23, 2015

In theory, this is where the first batches of real postseason trouble are supposed to start presenting themselves to Golden State, Cleveland and Chicago. Don’t count on it happening. The first road games of this postseason for the Warriors, Cavaliers and Bulls all take place tonight. Golden State goes to New Orleans, Cleveland …

Rondo’s poor play a product of failing body, not Carlisle clashes

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rajon Rondo has played his final game with the Dallas Mavericks, but when he leaves this summer in free agency – either for the Los Angeles Lakers or any other team willing to take a chance on a former all-star point guard with a championship ring – don’t blame his departure on his repeated clashes with Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle over how to …

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

Wednesday, April 22, 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 …

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 …

NBA playoffs: Celtics standing in LeBron’s way

Saturday, April 18, 2015

CLEVELAND – Five years ago, LeBron James left the floor after Game 5 against Boston in disgrace. There were boos from the home fans, even some whispers he’d quit on the Cavaliers. Today, in his first playoff game …

Head-to-head results of Celtics-Cavaliers

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Nov. 14 – Cavs 122, Celts 121 March 3 – Cavs 110, Celts 79 April 10 – Celts 99, Cavs 90 April 12 – Celts 117, Cavs 78 Home team in bold …

LeBron begins new quest to end Cleveland’s title drought

Saturday, April 18, 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 …

Celtics finish regular season with 105-100 victory over Milwaukee

Thursday, April 16, 2015

MILWAUKEE – Gigi Datome scored 22 points, including two key buckets in the final 3 minutes, and the Boston Celtics ended the regular season with their sixth straight win following a 105-100 victory last night over the Milwaukee …

Celtics and Kings to play regular-season game in Mexico City

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NEW YORK – The Boston Celtics will play the Sacramento Kings in Mexico City in December, the NBA’s third regular-season game in Mexico. It will be the league’s 22nd game in Mexico overall, the most for any country …

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

Wednesday, April 15, 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 …

Celtics clinch playoff spot when Nets lose to Bulls

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

They’re back Without even taking the court last night, the Boston Celtics clinched a playoff spot, ending a one-year absence from the postseason. Boston (38-42) clinched one of the final two spots in the Eastern Conference when the Brooklyn Nets lost to the Chicago Bulls last night. The …

Celts close in on playoffs, rout Cavaliers, 117-78

Monday, April 13, 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 …

Smart leads Celtics past Cavaliers, 99-90

Saturday, April 11, 2015

CLEVELAND – Boston got another big win last 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 their …

Celtics eliminate Pistons from race, 113-103

Thursday, April 9, 2015

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Isiah Thomas had more than a few great games during the Pistons-Celtics rivalry of the 1980s and 1990s. Last night, his namesake had his turn. Isaiah Thomas had a season-high 34 points as the …