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Warriors guard Stephen Curry split two Magic defenders en route to the hoop.

Warriors set NBA mark for consecutive home victories

Golden State won its 45th consecutive home game Monday, downing visiting Orlando, 119-113.

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (right) beat the Spurs’ Danny Green to the basket during the first half.

NBA roundup: Thunder stun Spurs in Game 2

Oklahoma City rebounded from a Game 1 rout to upend San Antonio, 98-97, on Monday.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens still is smarting from the Celtics’ Game 6 loss to the Hawks at TD Garden.

Brad Stevens: ‘Losing eats at you like no tomorrow’

Stevens said he has a lot of work to do after the Celtics were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (30 points) dribbled away from Pacers forward Paul George (26 points).

NBA roundup: Raptors put away Pacers to advance

DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points as Toronto beat Indiana, 89-84, and moved on to face Miami.

LaMarcus Aldridge sat out the fourth quarter and still had 38 points for the Spurs.

SPURS 124, THUNDER 92

Spurs throttle Thunder in Game 1 of Western semifinals

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 38 points for San Antonio, which led by as many as 43.

Danny Ainge could sell Thunder forward Kevin Durant (above) on being the next great Celtic.

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Can the Celtics land Kevin Durant or another big name?

Boston can be a big-time player in free agency, and there are several prospects that could be on the list.

Brad Stevens and the Celtics lost their first-round series against the Hawks in six games.

GARY WASHBURN I SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

The Celtics are no longer upstarts — but they have a lot of work to do

The six-game series with the Hawks exposed a number of flaws.

There was nowhere for Jae Crowder and the Celtics to hide as their season came to an end Thursday.

Celtics deal with their goodbyes

In addition to the treasure chest of draft picks, the Celtics have 11 players under contract and have said they will be active in free agency.

CHARLOTTE, NC - APRIL 29: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat brings the ball up the court against the Charlotte Hornets during game six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Time Warner Cable Arena on April 29, 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)

NBA playoff roundup

Heat, Pacers win to force Game 7s

The winners of Sunday’s games will advance to play each other in the Eastern Conference semifinals

Mr. Silna, whose his team was not accepted into the NBA during a merger in 1976, negotiated to receive four-sevenths of a share of the league’s annual TV revenue.

Ozzie Silna, 83; team owner made shrewd deal with NBA

Mr. Silna turned a fading American Basketball Association franchise into a four-decade windfall.

FILE - In this May 21, 2013 file photo, NBA basketball team representatives sit onstage at the start of the NBA draft lottery in New York. The draft lottery is Tuesday, May 20, 2014, a night some teams appeared to be aiming toward for months during a season featuring plenty of talking about tanking. The winner gets the No. 1 pick in next month's draft, when an Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker might make all of this season's misery worth it. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

Celtics notebook

Isaiah Thomas will represent Celtics at draft lottery

With the pick they acquired from the Nets, the Celtics have a 15.6 percent chance of landing the No. 1 selection.

Boston, MA - 4/24/2016 - Boston Celtics Evan Turner reacts after hitting a basket against the Atlanta Hawks during the first quarter at TD Garden in their fourth playoff game in Boston, MA April 24, 2016. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Topic: Celtics Reporter:

Evan Turner would like to be back with Celtics

Turner is the only unrestricted free agent on the roster, and flourished in his role off the bench with the team.

04/28/16: Boston, MA: The Celtics Isaiah Thomas (left) and Dennis Schroder (right) battle in the fourth quarter, hitting the floor after they collided. The Boston Celtics hosted the Atlanta Hawks in Game Six of an NBA Eastern Conference Quarter Final Playoff basketball game at the TD Garden. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports topic:Celtics-Hawks

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

Did Celtics really make progress this season?

After being swept in the first round by the Cavaliers last spring, the Celtics wanted to take a major step forward.

Boston, MA - 4/28/2016 - Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas (C) walks back in after a break in play in front of Atlanta Hawks (L-R) Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap during the fourth quarter of Game 6 at TD Garden in Boston, MA April 28, 2016. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Topic: Reporter:

Hawks think Celtics helped prime them for Cavaliers

“I think we grew up a lot in this series alone,” guard Kent Bazemore said after Atlanta won Game 6.

04/28/16: Boston, MA: The Celtics Jared Sullinger munches on his jersey as he and his teammates on the bench watch the time run out in their season. The Boston Celtics hosted the Atlanta Hawks in Game Six of an NBA Eastern Conference Quarter Final Playoff basketball game at the TD Garden. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports topic:Celtics-Hawks

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Celtics just aren’t that good

Brad Stevens was forced to deploy patchwork lineups that had virtually no chance of succeeding.

Boston, MA - 4/28/2016 - Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas is triple teamed by Atlanta Hawks (L-R) Dennis Schroder, Thabo Sefolosha and Mike Scott during the first quarter of Game 6 at TD Garden in Boston, MA April 28, 2016. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Topic: Reporter:

HAWKS 104, CELTICS 92

Hawks put heart-wrenching end to Celtics’ season

Guard Isaiah Thomas was in tears after Boston dropped Game 6 and was eliminated from the playoffs.

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NBA NOTEBOOK

Warriors advanced easily, even without Curry

Curry is expected to miss most of the next series with a sprained right knee.

Boston, MA - 4/28/2016 - Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas (L) is consoled by teammate Jared Sullinger (R) as he comes out of the game against the Atlanta Hawks during the fourth quarter of Game 6 at TD Garden in Boston, MA April 28, 2016. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Topic: Reporter:

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Jared Sullinger wants to stay with Celtics

As a restricted free agent, the Celtics will have the option of matching any offer Sullinger receives.

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 27: Courtney Lee #1 of the Charlotte Hornets celebrates winning Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on April 27, 2016 in Miami, Florida. 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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

NBA Playoff Roundup

Hornets stun Heat to take 3-2 series lead

Courtney Lee’s late 3-pointer proves decisive in Charlotte’s 90-88 win in Miami Wednesday night.

Golden State Warriors interim coach Luke Walton talks with referee Dedric Taylor on the sidelines during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Sports Log

Warriors’ Walton can talk with Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers received permission from the Warriors to interview top assistant Luke Walton for their coaching vacancy.

Atlanta Hawks' Jeff Teague drives through a double-team by Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA playoff basketball series Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in Atlanta. The Hawks won 110-83 and lead the series 3-2. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal Constitution via AP)

Celtics-Hawks has been a coaching chess match

Two tacticians — Brad Stevens and Mike Budenholzer — have made constant adjustments and countermoves in their playoff series.

The original Isaiah Thomas was a patriot, not a Celtic

The Celtic guard’s namesake scored his points as a printer and a voice for freedom in colonial times.

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas continued scuffling with Hawks guard Dennis Schroder before leaving in the second half with a sprained ankle.

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

Celtics wasted a great opportunity in Game 5

After the Hawks left an opening early, Boston failed to take advantage.

Mike Scott came off the bench to spark the Hawks, hitting 7 of 9 shots and finishing with 17 points.

Hawks slow to warm up, but then they never cooled off

After hitting just 6 of its first 34 shots, Atlanta scorched the Celtics the rest of the way.

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 26: Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics and Dennis Schroder #17 of the Atlanta Hawks pass by one another during Hawks free throws in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 26, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. 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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas leaves game with ankle sprain

He limped off the court with less than nine minutes to play in the game.

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas limped off the court in the fourth quarter after suffering an ankle injury.

Hawks 110, Celtics 83

It goes from bad to worse for Celtics in Game 5

Late in the Hawks’ rout, Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas suffered an ankle injury, although he says he’ll play in Game 6.

With the game out of hand, the vibe on the Celtics’ bench in the fourth quarter was not upbeat.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Celtics are back on the brink — again

In a series of ebbs and flows, the Hawks demolished Boston in Game 5 to take command.

Raptors guard Norman Powell dunked for 2 of his 10 points.

Raptors 102, Pacers 99

Raptors rally to beat Pacers, take 3-2 series lead

DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points to help Toronto erase a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit.

NBA Coach of the Year voting

The complete breakdown of vote totals in 2016 NBA Coach of the Year voting.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers (right) will have to do without stars Blake Griffin (left) and Chris Paul.

NBA notes: Banged-up Clippers lose Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

Griffin will miss the rest of the playoffs after aggravating his quadriceps tendon, and Paul had surgery on his broken hand and will be sidelined indefinitely.

Brad Stevens led the Celtics to a 48-34 record, finishing in a four-way tie for third place in the Eastern Conference.

Celtics Notebook

Brad Stevens finishes sixth in Coach of the Year voting

The award went to Golden State’s Steve Kerr, whose team set a record with 73 victories.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson, left, has the ball stripped by Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, right, during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Monday, April 25, 2016, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

Clippers guard Chris Paul could be out for season

The All-star guard broke his right hand, while center Blake Griffin aggravated a left quad injury in Monday’s loss.

AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 24: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates a fourth quarter basket with LeBron James #23 in game four of the NBA Eastern Conference quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at the Palace of Auburn Hills on April 24, 2016 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Cleveland won the game 100-98 to win the series. 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

If Celtics win first-round series, Cavaliers await starting May 2

The second-round series begins in Cleveland.

Kemba Walker scored 11 consecutive points for the Hornets in the fourth quarter and finished with 34 points.

NBA roundup: Hornets pull even with Heat in Game 4

Kemba Walker scored a playoff career-high 34 points for Charlotte in its 89-85 win.

The Hawks know they wasted a magnificent performance by Paul Millsap (4) in Game 4. Millsap finished with 45 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 blocks.

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

Celtics need to strike while Hawks are vulnerable

After Boston won the last two games, the pressure is on Atlanta.

It’s time for the Celtics to regroup after pulling out an overtime win over the Hawks in Game 4, tying the first-round series.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Celtics take their momentum on the road

They need to win at least one game in Atlanta to advance.

Jonas Jerebko showed off his reach by challenging this shot by the Hawks’ Kent Bazemore during Game 4.

Celtics have been counting on Jonas Jerebko

The forward has answered Brad Stevens’s call for a reliable shooter and versatile defender.

Stephen Curry injured his right knee at the end of the first half Sunday and didn’t play the rest of the game.

Stephen Curry out at least 2 weeks with sprained MCL

The Warriors star will miss the rest of the first round of the playoffs and likely at least the first four games in Round 2.

Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger, right, greets New England Patriot's Rob Gronkowski before game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks in Boston, Sunday, April, 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Patriots out in force to support Celtics in playoffs

A contingent of Patriots, including coach Bill Belichick and tight end Rob Gronkowski, was on hand Sunday at TD Garden.

Isaiah Thomas’s sons steal show at postgame press conference

The Celtics guard’s boys were more than happy to give reporters a few choice quotes late Sunday night.

With Byron Scott gone, the Lakers will be looking for their fifth coach since 2011.

SPORTS LOG

Byron Scott out as Lakers coach

In two seasons coaching in Los Angeles, Scott had a record of 38-126.

Stephen Curry limped off the court at the end of the first half after spraining his right knee.

NBA roundup: Warriors push Rockets to brink

Despite a knee injury to Stephen Curry, Golden State still prevailed, 121-94.

Celtics players began to celebrate late in overtime after Isaiah Thomas’s 3-pointer sealed the victory.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Give the Celtics an A for (team) effort

In a superstar-driven league, Brad Stevens’s squad keeps getting contributions from everyone.

Atlanta’s Paul Millsap dominated the game — until Marcus Smart took over primary defensive duties late.

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

Marcus Smart’s takeover put Celtics over the top

Smart scored 11 consecutive points during a crucial stretch and also shut down Hawks star Paul Millsap.

While being guarded by Isaiah Thomas, Hawks guard Jeff Teague lost control of the ball with a chance to win in regulation.

Hawks let opportunity slip away in Game 4

Atlanta opted for Jeff Teague over Paul Millsap on the final play of regulation.

Isaiah Thomas slipped between three Hawks on his way to the basket in the first quarter.

CELTICS 104, HAWKS 95 (OT)

Brad Stevens plays a hunch, and it pays off

Boston needed overtime to pull out a big win and overcome Paul Millsap’s big night.