Boston Celtics defeat Indiana Pacers, 104-97

INDIANAPOLIS - The Celtics became the first member of the NBA's 40-and-over club last night.

With a 104-97 victory over the Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse, the Celtics (40-9) became the first NBA team this season to win 40 games.

Only two Celtics teams have reached 40 wins faster; the 1964-65 Celtics were the fastest in franchise history, with 40 wins against only seven losses, while the 1972-73 team started 40-8.

"Half of me says it really doesn't mean anything," s...

INDIANAPOLIS - While Celtics guard Ray Allen would love to be an All-Star, he hopes it won't be because his friend and fellow ex-Connecticut star Caron Butler can't play.

The Washington Wizards small forward has missed four straight games with a strained left hip flexor and is a game-time decision tonight against the Clippers. Doc Rivers, who will coach the Eastern Conference team in Sunday's game, said yesterday that if Butler can't play, he hopes Allen will replace hi...