BOSTON — Paul Pierce stepped to the line, moved into NBA history and then finished off the Milwaukee Bucks. It was a moment he never would have dreamed of a few years ago. Pierce scored 12 of his 28 points in overtime to reach 20,000 points… Read More
    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Paul Pierce stood in the corner with the ball and paused a little longer than he needed to, as if daring the Detroit Pistons to come out and guard him. Then he calmly made another open shot to give Boston a 20-point lead. Read More
        ORONO — Pete Babcock's dream was to make it to the National Basketball Association.     While he admittedly didn't have the physical skills to play at that level, his knowledge of the game, inner drive and polished communication skills have made him… Read More
    PHILADELPHIA — After a disastrous 27-win season, the Philadelphia 76ers started a new preseason under first-year coach Doug Collins much the same way — with three straight losses. That finally changed on Tuesday night. Marreese Speights scored 19 points and Lou Williams added 16… Read More
    ORLANDO, Fla. — Dwight Howard had heard it all before, people offering constructive criticism and invitations to improve his game — he never really seriously listened. Until he received a phone call from Hakeem Olajuwon. That tends to happen when the voice on the… Read More
    NEW YORK — After all those championships and MVP awards, Michael Jordan has finally arrived — on the cover of a basketball video game. Jordan fronts NBA 2K11, a game that allows fans to add Jordan to their favorite team — if they can first replicate… Read More
    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Shaq’s debut was a hit. Shaquille O’Neal scored eight points in his debut with the Boston Celtics and the defending Eastern Conference champions opened their preseason with a 93-65 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. Ray Allen led Boston… Read More
    NEWPORT, R.I. — Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen may have even more space to get off his textbook jumper. The performance could have been a personal shooting video except that it happened in the spotlight of the last spring’s NBA Finals: Allen twists and turns away… Read More
    MIAMI — Erik Spoelstra’s days of anonymity are numbered. One night last February, Spoelstra entered a Miami Beach restaurant hotspot called Prime Italian, virtually unnoticed. The Miami Heat coach sat in the center of the dining room, most patrons having no idea who he was. His… Read More
    MIAMI — Erik Spoelstra’s days of anonymity are numbered. One night last February, Spoelstra entered a Miami Beach restaurant hotspot called Prime Italian, virtually unnoticed. The Miami Heat coach sat in the center of the dining room, most patrons having no idea who he was. His… Read More
    LAS VEGAS — Sports fans are betting online each night on athletes’ performances — and it’s all legal. The bets are an exception to laws banning online gambling because they take the form of fantasy sports — where participants pick a team of real-life players in… Read More
    NEW YORK — Tired of players complaining, the NBA plans to crack down this season on “overt” gestures, such as swinging a fist in the air in anger. Also, players can be called for technical fouls even if those actions weren’t directed at a referee. Read More