Rockets 128, Warriors 115

Rockets beat Warriors, avoid elimination

Rockets guard James Harden scored a playoff career-high 45 points.

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James Harden scored 45 points and the Rockets led from start to finish to stay alive in the Western Conference finals.

Cavaliers 114, Hawks 111 (OT)

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Despite missing his first 10 shots, LeBron James finished with 37 points, 18 rebounds, and 13 assists for Cleveland.

In a talk with Danny Ainge, Isaiah Thomas (above) said a rim-protecting big man is atop his wish list for the Celtics.

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Isaiah Thomas wants to help Celtics recruit free agents

Thomas, who played for three teams this past season, believes he’s found a home in Boston.

GARY WASHBURN I sunday BASKETBALL NOTES

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Minnesota will have its choice of Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/22/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/paggy150-8765.jpg Pagliuca takes the reins of struggling Olympic bid

The Celtics co-owner is hoping to become the next Bain Capital executive to rebound from a failed Senate run and save an Olympic effort.

2008: The last Celtics championship

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Celtics finished off Lakers for team’s 17th NBA title

Look back in the Boston Globe archives at coverage of the Celtics’ first championship in 22 years.