Paul Pierce scored a game-high 28 points, drilling 9-of-11 shots from the floor, including all four from 3-point range, while Glen Davis was 7-of-9 and finished with 16 off the bench as the Celtics barely won their fifth straight, 99-95, over the Portland Trail Blazers at TD Garden. The Celtics led, 96-80, with 5:22 left on a Kevin Garnett turnaround. The Blazers went on a 15-0 run, only to fall short as Ray Allen drilled a 3-pointer from the left baseline to seal the win with 10.7 seconds left.
Garnett took a hit to the face but returned late in the third quarter to help spark a 13-4 spurt that gave the Celtics the lead for good. Garnett's 3-pointer just before the buzzer gave the Celtics a 79-72 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Celtics trailed by as many as 11 in the second quarter before turning up the defensive intensity.
Wes Matthews had 23 points and drained 5-of-7 from 3-point range while...
It didn't advance them to the Eastern Conference finals, but the Bruins beat the Flyers, 3-0, in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin had goals in the first period, while Milan Lucic added an empty-netter to put the nail in the coffin. Tim Thomas turned in 41 saves for his league-leading fifth shutout of the season.
The Bruins won in a rather flashy manner, receiving sprawling saves from Thomas and Tyler Seguin's latest eye-candy goal, a top-shelf tally on Flyers' goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. Thomas also stopped Flyers winger Scott Hartnell on a penalty shot in the second period.
With five shutouts, Thomas tied his career high, which he had reached in each of the last two seasons.
The Bruins will return to TD Garden on Thursday night, where they will face Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Reggie Jackson scored a game-high 27 points and Boston College turned away Indiana, 88-76, Wednesday night at Conte Forum to remain undefeated in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
Biko Paris added 19 points for the Eagles (5-2), who never trailed in the game. BC led by 14 points at the half, 43-29. Indiana (6-1) chipped away in the second half and twice drew within a point. Both times, the Eagles answered with 3-pointers, first by freshman Danny Rubin (10 points) with 6:50 remaining, then by Paris with 5:24 remaining.
Center Josh Southern made a few nice plays down the stretch, including an assist to Paris on a back-door layup with 2:43 remaining that got the lead back to double figures at 75-64. He also found Rubin open for a 3-pointer with 2:05 left and grabbed an offensive rebound on a missed free throw with 1:38 left.
Both teams shot the ball well, with BC finishing at 52 percent and Indian just over 50...
According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports (via twitter), the Red Sox will meet with agent Scott Boras on Thursday to discuss a pair of his clients, third baseman Adrian Beltre and outfielder Jayson Werth.
Werth and Beltre, along with outfielder Carl Crawford, are viewed as the three premier position players on the market this offseason. The Sox, Brown reported earlier on Wednesday, met with Crawford in Houston to discuss the team's interest in him.
Beltre declined the Sox' offer of salary arbitration on Tuesday in a formality, but he remains free to negotiate with any club, including the Sox. Likewise, Crawford (Rays) and Werth (Phillies) declined their teams' offer of arbitration, meaning that for the Sox to sign either outfielder, they would have to part with a first-round draft pick.
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The updates on injured center Jermaine O'Neal have been sporadic since he suffered a knee injury, but Doc Rivers said before Wednesday's game that O'Neal may start working out next week. "I talked to Jermaine today on the phone and he was hoping to work out next week," Rivers said. "That’s the first time I’ve heard that, so that’s a good sign."
Rivers said earlier in the week that he would wait for trainer Eddie Lacerte to tell him when O'Neal was "a week away." That conversation hasn't happened yet, so don't expect a quick return to the court.
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We check in with Chandler Jones on a Patriots Monday after a win over Dallas, and they're on to Indy.
Sam Packard and Josue Pavon from WEEI.com discuss the Celtics first two pre-season games. Then, in the second installment of Packard's Corner, Sam is joined by his brother Nick to answer an important historical question. Kick it!
Sam Packard is joined by his brother Nick, as he breaks down his favorite moments from Celtics Media Day. Sam then tries to compare each member of the Celtics roster to a character on The Wire, with varied results.
Sam Packard is joined by Jared Weiss of CLNSRadio.Com to talk about trading Bradley and the upcoming Celtics Media Day.
Former Red Sox infielder Nick Punto to discuss who was in the wrong when it came to the leg-breaking slide of Chase Utley, his former minor-league roommate. Punto also revealed why he chose to take a year off from big league baseball, as well as what went wrong with the 2012 Red Sox. The Bradfo Show is sponsored by Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors and Gould's Distinctive Clothing.
Dave O'Brien has called Red Sox baseball games with Joe Castiglione since 2007. Dave is going to the NESN booth next season to take over for Don Orsillo as the Red Sox TV play-by-play man. Dave talks about his time with Joe and the Red Sox Radio broadcast and closes out a very meaningful chapter of a tremendous career. Joe Castiglione offers his thoughts and well-wishes to Dave and closes out, as is tradition, with the Bart Giamatti poem.
We check in for a final time this season with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo as look ahead to 2016 with him.
DJ Bean checks in live from TD Garden after the Bruins 6-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in the season opener. Ken Laird anchors from the WEEI.com Podcentre
Tom Brady went on D&C this morning and defended Alex Guerrero's training regiment, and was very vocal about how he trains.
Although it was tough at first, the Patriots rolled through Brandon Weeden and the Cowboys. Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about that game and recap some of Brady's interview with D&C.
Dion Lewis has emerged as a huge piece to this Patriots team, and the guys react to that, but also go around the league and recap some of yesterday's games.
Michael, Jerry and Andy Hart discuss the news of the day, Tom Brady's interview with Dennis and Callahan in which he breaks down his relationship with his health guru Alex Guerrero, and some of his health beliefs and practices.
Mikey is back for another season of Patriots-related parody songs, this time he's calling out the Cowboys.
The final hour of the show is nothing if not entertaining
Mikey takes all kinds of phone calls from Patriot fans with the utmost confidence.