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FILE - This Wednesday, April 8, 2015, file photo shows Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacting after making a basket against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Milwaukee. For 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. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck, File)

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 for Cleveland since 2010, James will take his first step toward an NBA championship – toward the one that could top them all. James and the Cavaliers open the playoffs against the Celtics, a team he knows well and the one that abruptly ended his first stay in Cleveland. Shortly before his exit to Miami in the summer of ’10, the Cavs were beaten in six games …

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 set on another NBA title, and if he can capture it over the next two …

Celtics rally, beat Hawks on Turner’s buzzer-beater

Thursday, February 12, 2015

BOSTON – Boston Celtics Coach Brad Stevens wasn’t about to put too much importance on his team’s comeback victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Hawks. “For 47 minutes, 59.8 seconds, we were the losing team,” Stevens said last …

Knight, Bucks hold on for 96-93 win over Celtics

Sunday, February 8, 2015

MILWAUKEE – Brandon Knight scored 26 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 14 points and 11 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Boston Celtics, 96-93, last night for their sixth win in seven games. Milwaukee went more …

Jared Sullinger leads Celtics past 76ers, 107-96

Saturday, February 7, 2015

BOSTON – Jared Sullinger led six Boston players in double figures with 22 points, adding eight rebounds and seven assists to send the Celtics to a 107-96 win over the Philadelphia 76ers last night. Avery Bradley had 18 …

Benched at start, Sullinger helps Celtics beat Denver at end

Thursday, February 5, 2015

BOSTON – Benched at the start because of lateness, Jared Sullinger made two free throws with 22.8 seconds left to break a tie and lift the Boston Celtics over the Denver Nuggets, 104-100, last night. Coach Brad Stevens …

Lineup change helps Celtics beat Knicks, snap three-game skid

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

NEW YORK – The Boston Celtics changed their starters – and their start. “We came with energy right out of the gate,” guard Marcus Smart said. “That’s what we’ve been lacking.” Avery Bradley scored 26 points, Jared Sullinger …

Whiteside comes up big for Heat in 83-75 win over Celtics

Monday, February 2, 2015

BOSTON – Hassan Whiteside was hardly shocked when Miami Coach Erik Spoelstra designed a play for him late in the third quarter of a tight game. He was surprised when Spoelstra kept doing it, though. Whiteside scored half …

Motiejunas scores 26 as Rockets top Celtics for fourth win in row

Saturday, January 31, 2015

BOSTON – Donatas Motiejunas scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Houston Rockets over the Boston Celtics, 93-87, last night for their fourth straight win. Motiejunas also had 12 rebounds as the Rockets …

NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson recovering from stroke

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BASEBALL White Sox agree to $2M deal with Beckham, cut Viciedo CHICAGO – Infielder Gordon Beckham agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, who cleared a roster spot by designating outfielder Dayan Viciedo for assignment. Beckham has spent almost all of his six …

Martin’s return sparks Timberwolves over Celtics, 110-98

Thursday, January 29, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS – Kevin Martin scored 21 points in his first game in more than two months and Gorgui Dieng added 16 points and 14 rebounds to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 110-98 victory over the Boston Celtics …

Curry leads Warriors to 19th straight home win, 114-111 over Celtics

Monday, January 26, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. – Golden State Coach Steve Kerr figured his team was due for an off night after four consecutive blowout wins. Fortunately for the Warriors, it happened at Oracle Arena, where they haven’t lost in more than …

Tim O’Sullivan column: It’s time to root for the bad boys of the NFL

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The NFL may never find any illicit deflating proof, but it seems fairly apparent now: Something shady happened to those footballs last Sunday in Foxborough, despite Bill Belichick’s denials in yesterday’s bizarre and impromptu press conference. When the …

Bradley’s go-ahead 3 helps Celtics beat Nuggets, 100-99

Saturday, January 24, 2015

DENVER – Avery Bradley scored 18 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:24 left, and the Boston Celtics hung on to beat Denver, 100-99, last night, sending the Nuggets to their fifth loss in a row. The Nuggets …