Boston Celtics defeat Orlando Magic, 94-71

Before the Orlando Magic had the opportunity to gain a sliver of the confidence they’ve never had in this series, the Celtics showed how much they respect the authority of coach Doc Rivers.

His influence on this team was questioned several times during the regular season, so much so that he considered walking away following the season. But the Celtics players are now digesting every word from their commander and because of that, they are one win away from a return trip ...

Paul Pierce doesn’t regret a word he said coming off the floor at Amway Arena after the Celtics’ Game 2 win. The Celtics swept the first two games on the Magic’s home court and the All-Star and captain told the fans, “See ya’ll next year.’’

Pierce and his teammates were able to put actions behind the words in their 94-71 Game 3 blowout at TD Garden last night. Pierce scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds, two more than Magic big man Dwight Howar...

One play early in the second quarter last night of Game 3 of their Eastern Conference finals battle made it crystal clear that the Celtics and Magic aren’t playing the same game.

The Celtics had already piled up a 17-point lead after Rajon Rondo turned a sneaky little layup into a 3-point play.

Then a hustle play became not just a highlight, but the highlight.

Tony Allen got into a passing lane and tapped a pass that rolled into the Magic’s backcourt. Orlando back...

If you bleed Green and smoke Hoyo de Monterreys in honor of Red, you want to bottle this energy and precision and start the Finals tonight in Los Angeles. What we are seeing on the parquet floorboards is awe-inspiring, almost frightening.

The Celtics destroyed the Orlando Magic, 94-71, in Game 3 of the conference finals last night. In the name of Bill Russell and Sam Jones, the old guard of 2010 is now one victory shy of a destined finale with the sons of Jerry West and...