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Heat Alert: Miami beats Boston 109-103 for 2-1 series lead

BOSTON (AP) — Still angry over a blowout loss in Miami that cost them home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference finals, the Heat jumped to a 26-point first-half lead over the Boston Celtics in Ga...

Injuries abound in Heat's Game 3 win over Celtics

BOSTON (AP) — The Miami Heat played the entire second half without their top scorer. The Boston Celtics lost two of their top players, who both returned to do their best Willis Reed impersonations. ...

Adebayo leads Heat to 109-103 win over Celtics in Game 3

BOSTON (AP) — Bam Adebayo scored 31 points with 10 rebounds for the Miami Heat, who blew a 25-point, first-half lead and lost Jimmy Butler to a knee injury but held on to beat the Boston Celtics 109-1...

Celtics' Williams out, Heat's Lowry, Tucker warming up

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics will be without center Robert Williams III for Game 3 of their Eastern Conference finals matchup with the Miami Heat on Saturday night due to soreness and swelling in ...

Marcus Smart, Mikal Bridges top NBA All-Defensive first team

NEW YORK (AP) — Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics was the leading vote-getter for the All-Defensive first team, with Mikal Bridges of the Phoenix Suns joining him as the ...

Smart, gritty Celtics hope to maintain intensity vs Heat

BOSTON (AP) — Marcus Smart brought the energy boost the Celtics needed to ignite a blowout win in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference finals matchup with the Heat. Now armed with home...

Celtics roll past Heat 127-102, tie Eastern finals at 1-1

MIAMI (AP) — His team was down by 10 in the opening minutes, and Boston coach Ime Udoka was making no effort to hide his level of disappointment. His message was simple. ...

Horford and Smart cleared to play, White out for Celtics

MIAMI (AP) — The Boston Celtics are closer to whole for the Eastern Conference finals. Al Horford's stay in the NBA's health and safety protocols ended Thursday, a few hours before ...

Jimmy Butler, Heat seeking to take a 2-0 lead over Celtics

MIAMI (AP) — Jimmy Butler doesn’t like being a called a scorer. Never mind that the moniker seems appropriate. He’s averaging nearly 30 points per game in this postseason, has reache...

Butler scores 41, Heat take Game 1 from Celtics 118-107

MIAMI (AP) — His team was down by eight at halftime, and Miami coach Erik Spoelstra went into the locker room ready to deliver a big speech. Turns out, one wasn't needed. ...

AP source: Ham, Atkinson get second interviews with Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Hornets have scheduled second interviews with Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham and Warriors assistant coach Kenny Atkinson this week, along with former Trail Blazers coach T...

Curry, Thompson ready to lead Warriors vs surprising Mavs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Many months ago and well before he returned to the court from an injury absence of more than 2 1/2 years, Klay Thompson made a bold proclamation: “It's championship or bust." ...

Celtics co-owner donates $2M to protect Florida manatees

MIAMI (AP) — A co-owner of the Boston Celtics is donating $2 million toward protecting the Florida manatees and their habitat following two seasons of record-breaking manatee mortalities in the state....

Deer District shootings leave Milwaukee leaders at the brink

Milwaukee's mayor and police chief on Tuesday pleaded with citizens and lawmakers to help address ongoing gun violence punctuated by shootings outside an NBA playoff game that left 21 injured. ...

Celtics rule Smart, Horford out for Game 1 against Heat

MIAMI (AP) — Boston was without two starters for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night, with Al Horford entering the NBA's health and safety protocols and Marcus Smart unable to pla...