Boston Celtics defeat Orlando Magic, 96-84

The last time Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were at a postgame podium together, they were bitter and disappointed.

They had been eliminated on their home court, forced to watch the Orlando Magic celebrate their first trip to the Eastern Conference Finals since 1995.

“I remember it like it was yesterday,’’ Ray Allen said.

When the clock hit zero, and the time wound down on the Celtics’ run at back-to-back titles, Allen congratulated Rashard Lewis, his friend and former te...

The Red Sox, Patriots, and yes, even the Bruins have had their moments over the last 110 years, but we would do well to remember it is the local professional basketball franchise that has brought the most honor and hardware to the sports Hub of the Universe.

Invented by Walter Brown in 1946 and made great by Red Auerbach and Bill Russell, the Celtics are the team that rarely lets you down when it matters most. They don’t choke, they rarely lose Game 7s, and they certain...

Dwyane Wade will be huddling with his divorce lawyers. LeBron James will be preparing for The Great Recruiting Tour. And Dwight Howard will be sharpening his elbows. But if they get an idle moment or two, those three members of the All-NBA team will rendezvous in Hilton Head, or some such getaway, to watch the Boston Celtics play for the NBA championship.

It’s official. First, they crushed Wade’s overmatched Miami Heat. Next, they took care of the 61-win Cavaliers. And ...

Nate Robinson described his transition from the Knicks to the Celtics as public school to private school, a comparison as accurate as that 25-foot pull-up 3-pointer that began his 13-point, second-quarter barrage last night at TD Garden.

In public school, the standards are lower. Robinson’s behavior and performance were graded on a lower scale. The discipline was flimsy, the expectations were minimal and Robinson became the face of the Knicks’ indifferent culture, so mu...