CLEVELAND (AP) - His team down by 27 points and a promising season suddenly in peril, LeBron James walked off the floor to a smattering of boos and rows of empty seats.
If this was goodbye Cleveland, it wasn't the send-off he imagined.
The Boston Celtics have pushed the two-time MVP and the Cavaliers dangerously close to an early start to the Summer of LeBron.
Ray Allen scored 25 points, Rajon Rondo scored all of his 16 in the second half and the Celtics, once thought too old to challenge for another title, beat James and the Cavs 120-88 in Game 5 on Tuesday night to move within one win of knocking the league's top team from the playoffs.More »
SALT LAKE CITY(AP) The Los Angeles Lakers played more like they were trying to avoid a sweep rather than complete one.
The Lakers stormed out to a 22-point lead in the first half, then withstood a brief surge by Utah in the third quarter before regaining control in the fourth and winning 111-96 on Monday night, sweeping the second-round series and advancing to the Western Conference finals for the third straight year.More »
MONTREAL(AP) The Montreal Canadiens ' improbable playoff run has reached a decisive seventh game for a second series in a row.
Michael Cammalleri scored his second goal of the game midway through the second period and Jaroslav Spacek netted the go-ahead tally 2:30 later for the Canadiens, who forced a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.
Maxim Lapierre also scored 11:03 into the third to give Montreal a 4-2 lead.More »