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Celtics beat Pacers 104-96 to take 3-0 series lead

Apr. 20, 2019 2:19 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Boston Celtics keep following the same game plan. Three games into their first-round playoff series, it's still working. Another dominant second-half defensive performance Friday night helped the Celtics retake control of the game and another late scoring run helped them pull away...

Pacers' resiliency faces tough test with 2-0 deficit

Apr. 18, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Thaddeus Young and Bojan Bogdanovic ignored those who doubted the Indiana Pacers last season. They're even more determined to prove them wrong in the playoffs. The veterans who helped the Pacers exceed expectations after losing Paul George in a trade and kept them together following...

Irving scores 37, Celtics beat Pacers 99-91 for 2-game lead

Apr. 17, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A poor third quarter did the Indiana Pacers in during Game 1 of their first-round series with the Boston Celtics. In Game 2, Boston seized on a fourth-quarter collapse by Indiana. Kyrie Irving scored 37 points and Boston rallied late in the fourth quarter to beat Indiana 99-91 Wednesday night...

Celtics, Rockets and Bucks eye 2-0 1st-round series leads

Apr. 16, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics are preparing for their Game 2 matchup with the Pacers aware their series-opening win was notable more for its ugliness more than the outcome. Meanwhile, the Rockets and Bucks are heading into their respective Game 2s with the Jazz and Pistons expecting more competitive games...

Irving, Morris lead Celtics' rally past Pacers in Game 1

Apr. 14, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics have been at their best this season when they are forcing turnovers, spacing the floor and knocking down outside shots. They found out in their Game 1 win over the Pacers that they are equipped to win an ugly, physical game as well. Irving and Marcus Morris each scored 20 points,...

Pacers, Celtics enter playoff matchup looking for redemption

Apr. 13, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics and Pacers aren't interested in talking about the past as they prepare to tip off their first-round playoff matchup. Indiana doesn't want to dwell on injuries, like the season-ending right knee injury Pacers guard Victor Oladipo suffered in January. Likewise, the Celtics aren't...

Pivotal offseason for Wizards, who wanted 50 Ws, took 50 Ls

Apr. 10, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Wizards came into the season aiming for 50 wins. They finished with 50 losses. There was poor play. There was little defense. There was the embarrassing 10-31 road record, part of a 32-50 overall mark, the team's worst in six seasons. And the fallout from missing the...

Beal averages 25-5-5; Wizards lose 50th, 116-110 to Celtics

Apr. 9, 2019 10:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal's Washington Wizards were irrelevant long ago this season. He still had some personal business to take care of. Beal became the first player in Wizards franchise history to average at least 25 points, five rebounds and five assists, while appearing in all 82 games for the...

Magic rally past Celtics, earn 1st playoff berth in 7 years

Apr. 7, 2019 11:04 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Nothing has come easy for the Orlando Magic over the last seven years. They endured four different head coaches, five seasons with 50-plus losses and took many turns in the NBA draft lottery. So when the horn sounded on their 116-108 win over the Celtics on Sunday night to clinch the Magic's...

Hayward delivers perfect finish as Celtics rout Pacers

Apr. 5, 2019 11:42 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gordon Hayward executed the game plan perfectly for Boston on Friday night. He made all nine of his shots. He made all three of his free throws. And, he gave the Celtics the clear edge for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, too. While Jason Tatum scored 22 points,...