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05/03/2011 - 10:49pm
LeBron: 'Now the series starts'

MIAMI — LeBron James was brilliant in the Heat's Game 2 victory over the Celtics on Tuesday, scoring 35 points on 14-of-25 shooting with seven rebounds and zero turnovers in 44 minutes. Though the Heat now lead the series 2-0, James was quick to recognize that the Celtics are still very much in this best-of-seven showdown.

"We feel good about the win, feel good, but the series is far, far away from over," James said. "It's really just beginning for us, we did what we wanted to do, which was protect home court. Now the series starts in a very, very hostile environment on Saturday and we are looking forward to the challenge."

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05/03/2011 - 10:36pm
Big Baby: Game 3 'is do or die'

MIAMI — Glen Davis met with the media in the Celtics locker room following his club's 102-91 loss to the Heat on Tuesday night. The Celtics are down 2-0 in the series, the first time that has happened during Davis' career in Boston.

"It's tough, but at the same, I'm from the bottom," said Davis, who is 4-of-12 from the floor through two games in the series. "I'm always crashing my way up. That's what we've got to do. Down 2-0, we've got the best fans in the league. They are going to bring the same energy Miami is bringing, we are going to lay it on the line. That's what we have to do. There is no tomorrow. We've got to get Game 3. It is do or die."

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05/03/2011 - 9:52pm
Lester, Sox ace test against Angels in 7-3 win

Jon Lester struck out 11 over seven dominant innings Tuesday night, and Adrian Gonzalez hit his first Fenway Park home run as the Red Sox pounded the Angels, 7-3.

The victory marked the third straight for the Sox against one of the American League's elite right-handers. The Sox emerged victorious against Dan Haren (4-2) after having won games featuring Felix Hernandez of the Mariners on Sunday and Jered Weaver of the Angels on Monday.

Haren and the Angels carried a 1-0 lead into the sixth on the strength of a Mike Trumbo solo homer in the second inning, but the Sox rallied against Haren. Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a double, then scored on a two-out single to left by Gonzalez. Gonzalez then came around to score on a double by David Ortiz and an RBI single to right by Jed Lowrie that gave Boston a lead it wouldn't relinquish.

The Sox added on a single run in the seventh on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's RBI...

05/03/2011 - 9:36pm
Heat take Game 2 and 2-0 series lead

MIAMI — LeBron James scored 35 points and Dwyane Wade added 28 to lead the Heat to a 102-91 victory over the Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The Heat took a 72-67 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Celtics — led by Paul Pierce and bench players Jeff Green, Glen Davis, Delonte West and Nenad Krstic — rallied to tie the game at 80 on a pair of Pierce free throws with 7:09 left. That's when James took over the game, scoring seven points (highlighted by a follow-up dunk and foul on West) in a 14-0 Heat run that put the game away.

The Celtics were paced by Rajon Rondo, who scored 20 points with 12 assists. Kevin Garnett added 16 points (12 in the second half). This is the first time the Celtics are down 2-0 in a playoff series during Garnett's tenure with the club.

Game 3 is Saturday at TD Garden.

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05/03/2011 - 7:08pm
Youkilis a late lineup scratch

Kevin Youkilis was scratched from the Red Sox' lineup prior to the first pitch on Tuesday due to illness. In his absence, the Sox will have David Ortiz batting cleanup, with Jed Lowrie shifting from shortstop to third and Marco Scutaro added to the lineup as the shortstop, batting seventh.

While Youkilis is out, Jacoby Ellsbury, who suffered a contusion on the inside of his left knee while sliding into home on Monday, is back in the lineup on Tuesday against Angels starter Dan Haren. Ellsbury carries an 11-game hitting streak into the contest, with his last 10 games coming in the leadoff role.

Also of note: Dustin Pedroia, who is 0-for-12 in his career against Haren, is in the lineup, as he and Adrian Gonzalez remain the two members of the Sox to start every game this year. For matchup information, click here....

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