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A play that was originally designed for Isaiah Thomas (4) was polished off by Avery Bradley (back) for the win.

Celtics take moment to savor improbable win in Cleveland

The team had a day off from practice Saturday on the heels of Friday’s 104-103 defeat of the Cavaliers.

The Red Sox captured the American League pennant in 1986, months after the Celtics won their 16th world title.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Two teams, one writer, and a legendary year in Boston sports

1986 was a year of great triumph (Celtics) and excruciating heartbreak (Red Sox), and Dan Shaughnessy witnessed it all.

Doc Rivers’s season has been made tougher without the injured Blake Griffin.

GARY WASHBURN | SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

Doc Rivers is facing trying times with Clippers

In his third year on the job, Rivers’s team in LA isn’t that far ahead of the rebuilt Celtics.

Feb 5, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) drives past Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) during the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

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Tyronn Lue has never forgotten his Celtics roots

Lue was surprisingly named the Cavaliers coach last month after David Blatt was fired despite a 30-11 record

Feb 5, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; The Boston Celtics celebrate after guard Avery Bradley (0) reacts after hitting a three-point shot to end the game and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. The Celtics won 104-103. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Celtics 104, Cavaliers 103

Avery Bradley, Celtics shock Cavaliers

Avery Bradley drained a corner 3-pointer for a shocking 104-103 win as the Celtics scored 5 points in the last 4.9 seconds.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant reacts after sinking a 3-point shot late in the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. The Lakers won 99-96. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Lakers’ Bryant turning back the clock

Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, hitting three pivotal 3-pointers in the last six-plus minutes, and the Los Angeles Lakers won their second straight.

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue watches in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue a work in progress

The former NBA guard’s rise to head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers is the culmination of a journey that began seven years ago with the Celtics.

Boston, MA - 01/06/16 - (1st quarter) Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk is congratulated by Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger after Olynyk drained a three to give the Celtics a 33-24 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Boston Celtics take on the Detroit Pistons at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Adam Himmelsbach, Topic: 07Celtics-Pistons, LOID: 8.2.1057206309.

Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk not chosen for All-Star 3-point contest

Kelly Olynyk entered Thursday ranked 13th in the NBA in 3-point percentage at 41.7.

Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) is congratulated by forward Stanley Johnson after Jackson's three-point basket in the closing seconds of the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Pistons defeated the Knicks 111-105. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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Pistons hold off Knicks

Anthony Tolliver and Reggie Jackson made a trio of big 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter, and host Detroit avoided a colossal collapse, beating New York. 111-105.

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 15: Amir Johnson #90 of the Boston Celtics defends LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the third quarter at TD Garden on December 15, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Celtics in for a true test on the road vs. Cavaliers

The Celtics have surged up the standings beating lesser opponents, but they face the East’s elite Friday.

Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, left, confers with coach Doc Rivers, right, against the Phoenix Suns in an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

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On The Parquet: Look who is coming to visit the Celtics

Adam Himmelsbach and Gary Washburn discuss upcoming games against teams with former Celtics, plus David Lee’s future and the Cavs.

CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 03: Jeremy Lin #7 of the Charlotte Hornets reacts after a basket during their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Time Warner Cable Arena on February 3, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Stephen Curry scores 51 against Wizards

He tied his career high with 11 3-pointers and led Golden State to its eighth straight win.

02/03/16: Boston, MA: The Celtics got a little scare in the fourth quarter when Jae Crowder went down in a heap, appearing to be in great pain. He stayed on the floor for a bit, biut eventually got up and stayed in the game. The Boston Celtics hosted the Detroit Pistons in a regular season NBA basketball game at the TD Garden. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports topic:Celtics-Pistons

Wet area of TD Garden floor causes slippage

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope strained his groin early in the game and Jae Crowder slipped in the same area seconds later.

02/03/16: Boston, MA: The Celtics Amir Johnson (center) is surrounded by a high stepping Piston Anthony Tolliver (left) and his teammate Marcus Morris at right as they battle for position under the boards in the second quarter. The Boston Celtics hosted the Detroit Pistons in a regular season NBA basketball game at the TD Garden. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports topic:Celtics-Pistons

CELTICS 102, PISTONS 95

Good times keep rolling for Celtics

The Celtics are a happy bunch these days, with seven wins in their last eight games.

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) gestures to fans in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

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Dwight Howard isn’t the star Celtics are looking for

As trade reports begin to swirl, Danny Ainge would be wise to look elsewhere to upgrade.

Boston Celtics' David Lee comes down after dunking during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Celtics attempting to trade David Lee

Lee has struggled to mesh with this group, averaging 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in 30 games.

Jan 29, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) leaves the floor after being called for a second technical foul in action against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Celtics interested in Dwight Howard, report says

Another trade report indicated that Boston intends to move David Lee before the trade deadline.

Tyler Zeller slammed home 2 points as Knicks center Robin Lopez gives chase.

celtics 97, knicks 89

Celtics get help from unlikely source in win

Little-used Tyler Zeller finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds — both season highs.

David Lee was not able to join the Warriors for their championship ring ceremony earlier this season.

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David Lee excited to join Warriors at White House

The Celtics forward, who played on the 2015 championship squad, will take advantage of an off day to celebrate.

Mr. Sailors led the original Denver Nuggets in scoring one year, but professional stardom eluded him.

Kenny Sailors, 95; was a pioneer of the jump shot

Mr. Sailors perfected the shot in college and was one of the few of his era to make a living off it in the professional ranks.

Jeff Hornacek was let go by the Phoenix Suns after 2½ seasons as head coach.

NBA roundup: Suns fire coach Jeff Hornacek

Hornacek was fired with Phoenix mired in one of the worst stretches in franchise history.

Over the last 12 games, Jonas Jerebko is shooting 50 percent and 52.2 percent on 3-pointers.

Jonas Jerebko finding his role and his range for Celtics

Jerebko’s minutes have increased, and he is becoming a valuable part of the Celtics’ second unit.

Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) shoots as Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk wants invitation to 3-point contest

The Celtics’ center/forward is 10th in the league in 3-point shooting percentage.

Clippers reserve guard Jamal Crawford (right) shot over Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich on his way to a 26-point night.

NBA roundup: Clippers’ reserves put away Bulls

Jamal Crawford scored 26 points as Los Angeles beat Chicago, 120-93.

Isaiah Thomas took exception to an official’s call during the first half.

MAGIC 119, CELTICS 114

Celtics lose their focus, then the game

Boston was up by 14 at one point, but couldn’t hold off Orlando in the fourth quarter.

Avery Bradley celebrated a 3-point basket during the second half.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Avery Bradley reaches out to family of young fan

The guard sent a letter and a signed jersey to the family of a 15-year-old who was killed while driving to Bible study.

Raptors center Bismack Biyombo (left) shared a laugh with James Johnson.

NBA roundup: Raptors top Pistons to win 11th straight

Toronto beat visiting Detroit, 111-107, to extend its franchise-best win streak.

Evan Turner claimed the Celtics’ second unit consistently gets the better of the starters in practice.

Celtics’ second unit is becoming first-rate

In Friday’s win over the Magic, the Celtics’ reserves scored 62 points.

Stephen Curry (left) and Chris Bosh watched a Curry 3-pointer fall into the basket on Jan. 11.

Bob Ryan

Unfortunately, the 3-pointer is here to stay

The Golden State Warriors’ success means the game will only get more dependent on the long-range shot.

Magic guard Shabazz Napier carried UConn to the 2014 NCAA title.

GARY WASHBURN I SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

Shabazz Napier trying to jump-start career with Magic

The Roxbury native was traded to Orlando in the offseason for a conditional second-round pick.

Jan 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives against Phoenix Suns guard Sonny Weems (10) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

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Knicks send Suns to 13th straight road loss

Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis returned to the lineup to help New York snap a four-game losing skid.

Boston, MA - 01/29/16 - (4th quarter) Boston Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko (8), Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36), and Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) brought the Celtics fans to their feet as they head to the bench during a fourth quarter timeout with a 106-81 lead over the Orlando Magic. The Boston Celtics take on the Orlando Magic at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Adam Himmelsbach, Topic: 30Celtics-Magic, LOID: 8.2.1410611946.

Celtics 113, Magic 94

Celtics rout Magic for fifth straight win

Seven players scored in double figures as reserves finish off blowout of Orlando.

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas turned a starting role into his first All-Star selection.

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas works his way onto All-Star team

The diminutive point guard earned a starting role this season and he hasn’t looked back.

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas meets with his good friend and welterweight champion boxer Floyd Mayweather at TD Garden.

Celtics Notebook

Isaiah Thomas celebrates honor with Floyd Mayweather

The Celtics’ newest All-Star welcomed his good friend and welterweight champion to TD Garden.

MAGIC AT CELTICS | 7:30 P.M. (CSN)

Without Celtics’ support, Isaiah Thomas says ‘there’s no me, no success’

The first-time All-Star said he is going to “be in awe” once he gets to the game in Toronto.

Jan 28, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari (8) dribbles the ball past Washington Wizards center Nene (42) in the first quarter at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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Danilo Gallinari’s strong game leads Nuggets past Wizards

Gallinari scored 26 points and hit four of his five 3-pointers to lead Denver to a 117-113 victory over reeling Washington.

Isaiah Thomas is averaging 21.6 points and 6.6 assists this season.

Isaiah Thomas basks in his first All-Star selection

“Everybody’s just so happy for me,” said the Celtics guard, one of seven reserves selected for the Eastern Conference team.

The power went out 30 minutes into the Celtics’ practice Thursday.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Celtics practice interrupted by power outage

A fire at a nearby building in Waltham caused the outage 30 minutes into the session Thursday.

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard, left, and San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

NBA ROUNDUP

Spurs still perfect at home

LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and San Antonio rebounded from its worst loss in three years to bash Houston and remain undefeated at home.

01/27/16: Boston, MA: The Celtics got nice performances from a lot of different players tonight, and after Evan Turner (11) slammed home two points in the fourth quarter to give Boston a 93-71 lead, the smiles were everywhere, as (left to right) David Lee,Turner, Marcus Smart, Amir Johnson and Tyler Zeller are pictured. The Boston Celtics hosted the Denver Nuggets in an NBA regular season basketball at the TD Garden. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports topic:Celtics-Nuggets

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

Celtics don’t take Nuggets for granted

The win was a sign of maturity for a team that realizes it can compete for the second seed in the East.

Emmanuel Mudiay and the Nuggets had a difficult time containing the Celtics’ Avery Bradley, who scored 21 first-half points.

CELTICS 111, NUGGETS 103

Avery Bradley shoots Celtics past Nuggets

Bradley finished with 27 points, including 21 in the first half.

Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart loos on from the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Philadelphia. The Celtics won 112-92. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

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Marcus Smart named to play in Rising Stars Challenge

He was one of 10 players chosen to play for the US team during All-Star Weekend.

Marcus Smart is averaging 9.2 points per game.

Marcus Smart selected for Rising Stars Challenge

The Celtics guard will play for the US team against an international team during All-Star Weekend.

Avery Bradley takes on a wide amount of responsibility in his role as the longest-tenured Celtic.

Avery Bradley a true student of life

The guard is just 25, but he’s now the longest-tenured member of the Celtics.

Thunder forward Kevin Durant (right) was guarded by Knicks guard Jose Calderon during the second half.

NBA roundup: Kevin Durant (44 points), Thunder stop Knicks

Durant also had 14 rebounds as Oklahoma City beat New York, 128-122, in overtime Tuesday.

Blake Griffin, who has been sidelined since Dec. 26 with a partially torn quadriceps tendon, is expected to miss a few more weeks with a right hand injury.

Blake Griffin injures hand in a scuffle with a Clippers equipment staffer

The forward is expected to miss a few weeks with the injury.