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LeBron Sweepstakes Begins

And with it the biggest free agent summer in history

(Newser) - The scramble over the richest free agent class in NBA history officially tips off today, and all eyes are on one man. LeBron James won't be traveling to visit his suitors. The King will hold court at home in Akron, where first the Nets, and then the Knicks, Bulls, Heat,... More »

Lakers Win NBA Finals

Celtics beaten 83-79 as Lakers claim 16th title

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Lakers have won their 16th NBA championship, dramatically rallying from a fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 83-79 in Game 7 of the NBA finals. Kobe Bryant scored 23 points despite 6-of-24 shooting while winning his fifth title with the Lakers, who repeated as NBA champions... More »

Pierce: US Basketball Needs Win Worse Than Celtics Did

Boston forward has high hopes for this year's team

(Newser) - Now that the Boston Celtics are once again NBA champions, American basketball's next great championship hope falls to the men's Olympic team. "They need it worse than the Celtics needed a championship this year," said Celtics forward Paul Pierce. "The US has been a perennial basketball power... More »

NFL Looks for Gang Signs on Game Tapes

Experts scour footage, but some say gestures could be anything

(Newser) - The NFL is hiring experts to pore over game tapes looking for players flashing gang signs, the Los Angeles Times reports. “There have been some suspected things we've seen,” said a league security official; one former player's not so sure: "People have got signs for their kids,... More »

Lakers Still Alive, Beat Celtics 103-98 in Game 5

Bryant struggles but scores 25; credited with key steal late

(Newser) - Pack up the championship trophy and book a flight back to Boston, the NBA finals aren't over yet. The Los Angeles Lakers are headed East to try a historic comeback of their own. Kobe Bryant scored 25 points, including a decisive dunk in the final minute,  and Lamar Odom... More »

For Lakers, It's Tonight or Never

To break Celtics curse, Lakers have to show up for Game 3

(Newser) - The Boston team that dominated the court in Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals isn't the same Celtics crew that eked out wins against Atlanta, Cleveland, and Detroit. But the Lakers may only have just noticed that, writes Mark Heisler in the Los Angeles Times. For Kobe &... More »

Pierce Plays Through Pain

Celtics captain, felled by knee sprain, jumps back into game

(Newser) - When Paul Pierce crumpled to the parquet in the third quarter of last night's NBA Finals game, everyone watching likely echoed the fears of Boston coach Doc Rivers, who "thought the worst." But after writhing in pain and leaving the court in a wheelchair, the Celtics captain returned,... More »

This LA Boy Has Gone Green

A California native, Boston's Pierce is ready for finals

(Newser) - Paul Pierce knows everything about the storied Lakers-Celtics rivalry of the 1980s: growing up in Inglewood near the Forum, his dreams were gold and purple. "As a kid, I hated the Celtics," says the Boston forward. But childhood memories won't cause him to hold back as his team... More »

Pistons Head Home 'All-Square'

Detroit beats Boston on the road to tie series

(Newser) - The Detroit Pistons proved that a visiting team can win in Boston. Now they can reach the NBA finals without having to do it again. Richard Hamilton nailed 25 points, and the Pistons beat the Celtics 103-97 last night, tying the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece and seizing... More »

Rondo Dishes Out Another Celts Home Win

Hot-and-cold guard key to each win in Boston's baffling playoff run

(Newser) - Kevin Garnett may have notched the most points with 26, but it was Rajon Rondo who really hurt the Detroit Pistons in Boston's Game 1 win last night. The blossoming point guard logged more than 40 minutes on the court, finishing with 11 points, seven assists, and five steals to... More »

James, Pierce Create Instant Classic

Celts-Cavs Game 7 one for the ages, writes Boston Globe columnist

(Newser) - It was one for the ages, writes Dan Shaughnessy in the Boston Globe about yesterday's Celtics vs. Cavaliers Game 7 in the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals, thanks to a duel between Paul Pierce and LeBron James. Shaughnessy (and many other media observers) compares the duel to the storied 1988 matchup... More »

Celtics Top Punchless Cavaliers

Boston wins Game 2 handily as LeBron struggles again

(Newser) - Paul Pierce and Ray Allen found their shooting touch. LeBron James can only hope he left his in Cleveland. Pierce scored 19 points, Kevin Garnett added 13 with 12 rebounds, and Allen broke out of a seven-quarter scoring drought with 16 points to help the Boston Celtics beat the Cavaliers... More »

Garnett, Celts Finally Finish Off Feisty Atlanta

Boston earns date with LeBron, Cleveland in the second round

(Newser) - Kevin Garnett had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Paul Pierce scored 22 points, and the Celtics turned back the pesky Atlanta Hawks with a 99-65 victory Sunday in Game 7 of their playoff series, earning a second-round matchup with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Round 2 begins Tuesday night,... More »

Hawks Force Celtics to Game 7

Joe Johnson's three-pointer with a minute remaining holds up

(Newser) - Atlanta just won't let go of its first trip to the postseason in nine years. The playoff team with the worst record did it again to the team with the best mark, forcing an improbable Game 7 with the Boston Celtics, as Joe Johnson hit a crucial 3-pointer with 1:... More »

Celtics Top Hawks, Lead Series 3-2

(Newser) - Takedowns and menacing gestures. Double technicals and flagrant fouls. And the Boston Celtics are heading to Atlanta to try to deliver the knockout punch. Paul Pierce scored a playoff-high 22 points and Ray Allen hit three 3-pointers in the middle of the third quarter Wednesday night to turn back the... More »

Rondo Leads Celtics to Win Over Hawks, 96-77

Boston holds 2-0 series lead

(Newser) - Rajon Rondo outplayed Mike Bibby and helped the Boston Celtics silence Atlanta and its blustery point guard. Bibby was booed every time he touched the ball after shooting 4-for-17 from the field in the first two games. Kevin Garnett had 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Rondo added 12 points,... More »

Allen, Garnett Lead Celtics to Win Over Hawks

Game 1 loss leaves Atlanta winless against Boston this season

(Newser) - Ray Allen scored 18 points and Kevin Garnett had 16 as the two newcomers who led the Boston Celtics to the NBA's best record sparked them to a 104-81 win last night in their playoff opener against the Atlanta Hawks. Rookie Al Horford led the Hawks with 20 points and... More »

Celtics Beat Nets 105-94 in Playoff Tune-Up

Boston prepares for first-round matchup with Atlanta

(Newser) - Second-stringer Leon Powe scored a career-high 27 points, adding 11 rebounds for his sixth career double-double, and the Boston bench helped beat the New Jersey Nets 105-94 Wednesday night while the Celtics starters took it easy in their final tune-up before the playoffs. Tony Allen scored 18 for Boston, which... More »

Celtics Prevent Hawks From Clinching

Cassell, Boston keep Atlanta from reaching playoffs for first time since 1999

(Newser) - Sam Cassell and Boston's backups outplayed Atlanta's starters in the fourth quarter, and the Celtics prevented the Hawks from clinching their first playoff berth since 1999 with a 99-89 victory tonight. Atlanta would have ended the NBA's longest playoff drought with a victory, because Indiana lost to Charlotte earlier today.... More »

Jamison Scores 27, Wizards Beat Celtics

Boston falls despite strong efforts from Pierce and KG

(Newser) - Antawn Jamison returned from a shoulder injury to score 27 points, including a highlight dunk over Kevin Garnett, and the Washington Wizards beat the Boston Celtics 109-95 Wednesday night to win the season series over the league's top team. Gilbert Arenas, in his third game back from knee surgery, added... More »

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