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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/23/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/23/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Chicago Bulls 99 (19-9) - Washington Wizards 91 (19-8)

Indiana Pacers 96 (10-19) - New Orleans Pelicans 84 (14-14)

Orlando Magic 100 (11-20) - Boston Celtics 95 (10-16)

Cleveland Cavaliers 125 (17-10) - Minnesota Timberwolves 104 (5-22)

Brooklyn Nets 102 (12-15) - Denver Nuggets 96 (12-17) 

Atlanta Hawks 107 (21-7) - Los Angeles Clippers 104 (19-10)

Philadelphia 76ers 91 (4-23) - Miami Heat 87 (13-16)

Charlotte Hornets 108 (10-19) - Milwaukee Bucks 101 (14-15)

Portland Trail Blazers 115 (23-7) - Oklahoma City Thunder 111 (13-16) - Overtime

Top 25 Men's Basketball: (4) Louisville 80 (11-0) - CS Northridge 55 (3-10)

(7) Villanova 92 (12-0) - N.J.I.T. 67 (5-8)

Stanford 74 (7-3) - (9) Texas 71 (10-2)

(14) Utah 80 (9-2) - South Dakota State 66 (9-4)

NCAAF Bowl Games: Boca Rotan Bowl: Marshall 52 (13-1) - Northern Illinois 23 (11-3)

NHL: Montreal Canadiens 3 (22-11-2, 46pts) - New York Islanders 1 (23-11-0, 46pts)

New York Rangers 4 (18-10-4, 40pts) - Washington Capitals 2 (17-11-6, 40pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (20-12-3, 43pts) - Dallas Stars 0 (14-14-5, 33pts)

Boston Bruins 5 (18-14-3, 39pts) - Nashville Predators 3 (22-9-2, 46pts)

Philadelphia Flyers 5 (14-14-6, 34pts) - Minnesota Wild 2 (16-13-3, 35pts)

Carolina Hurricanes 2 (10-20-4, 24pts) - New Jersey Devils 1 (12-17-7, 31pts) - Shootout

Detroit Red Wings 6 (18-8-9, 45pts) - Buffalo Sabres 3 (13-19-3, 29pts)

Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (21-11-4, 46pts) - Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (22-7-5, 49pts)

Colorado Avalanche 5 (13-13-8, 34pts) - St. Louis Blues 0 (21-10-3, 45pts)

Arizona Coyotes 5 (12-18-4, 28pts) - Edmonton Oilers 1 (7-21-7, 21pts)

Winnipeg Jets 5 (18-10-7, 43pts) - Chicago Blackhawks 1 (23-10-2, 48pts)

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Brad Stevens Denies Rumors He’s Going Back to the College Ranks

Brad Stevens Denies Rumors He’s Going Back to the College Ranks

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the Boston Celtics dive further and further into their rebuilding effort, head coach Brad Stevens has denied any rumors that he will eventually leave the team for a college job.

“I’ve committed to being here,” Stevens told Paul Flannery of SB Nation. “I’ve already left a situation once and that was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to choose to do. This is something that as long as they want me to be here, this is what I want to be doing and I’m going to give it everything I’ve got."

As the team slips further into the standings, there have been whispers saying Stevens will jump ship back to the collegiate ranks -- specifically replacing Tom Cream at Indiana.

"I know it’s all specific to the rumor mills and the discussion of one spot," Stevens continued. "I think they’ve got a good coach who’s done a helluva job. He doesn’t deserve that speculation."

Stevens experienced tremendous success at Butler, which led him to being hired by the Celtics last season at the age of 36. He signed a six-year deal with the Celtics prior to the 2013-2014 season.

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Celtics Send Rondo to Mavericks

Celtics Send Rondo to Mavericks

NBA via Boston Celtics(NEW YORK) -- The Boston Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, and a future first and second round pick, the teams announced Thursday.

"My time in Boston has meant so much," Rondo tweeted. "I've grown up with this city both as a basketball player and person. The love I have for the most loyal And supportive fans in the league is unmatched. I look forward to building something special in Dallas."

The Celtics will also send forward Dwight Powell to the Mavericks and will waive center Vitor Faverani. The C's also receive a $12.9 million trade exception.

"We would like to thank Rajon for everything that he has done for the Celtics organization and the success we have experienced during his tenure with us," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said.The 28-year-old Rondo is in the final year of his current contract and is averaging a league high 10.8 assists per game this season.With Rondo the Mavericks (19-8) would get a pure point guard to help deliver the ball to current starters Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Tyson Chandler, and Chandler Parsons.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/17/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/17/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Phoenix Suns 111 (13-14) – Charlotte Hornets 106 (6-19)

Atlanta Hawks 127 (18-7) – Cleveland Cavaliers 98 (14-10)

Boston Celtics 109 (9-14) – Orlando Magic 92 (10-18)

Dallas Mavericks 117 (19-8) – Detroit Pistons 106 (5-21)

Utah Jazz 105 (7-19) – Miami Heat 87 (12-14)

Toronto Raptors 105 (20-6) – Brooklyn Nets 89 (10-14)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball:  (12) Ohio State 97 (9-1) – North Carolina A&T 55 (1-11)

NHL:  Ottawa Senators 2 (13-12-6; 32pts) – New Jersey Devils 0 (11-16-6; 28pts)

Boston Bruins 3 (16-13-3; 35pts) – Minnesota Wild 2 (16-12-2; 34pts) OT

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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/15/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/15/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA:  Cleveland Cavaliers 97 (14-9) – Charlotte Hornets 88 (6-18)

Indiana Pacers 110 (8-17) – Los Angeles Lakers 91 (8-17)

Boston Celtics 105 (8-14) – Philadelphia 76ers 87 (2-22)

Atlanta Hawks 93 (17-7) – Chicago Bulls 86 (15-9)

Toronto Raptors 95 (19-6) – Orlando Magic 82 (10-17)

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (20-6-4; 44pts) – Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (19-10-3; 41pts)

Buffalo Sabres 5 (13-16-2; 28pts) – Ottawa Senators 4 (12-12-6; 30pts) SO

New York Islanders 3 (21-10-0; 42pts) – New Jersey Devils 2 (11-15-6; 28pts) SO

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (2) Duke 75 (9-0) – Elon 62 (5-5)

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Knicks Snap Skid with Win Over Boston

Knicks Snap Skid with Win Over Boston

Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images(BOSTON, Mass.) -- The New York Knicks finally snapped a 10-game losing streak on Friday night, defeating the Boston Celtics 101-95 on the road. It was the first win for New York (5-20) since beating Philadelphia back on Nov. 22 at Madison Square Garden.

"It's always hard when you're climbing uphill, then you get that one game like today. It's kind of like relief," Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said. "It gives you a chance to feel what winning a basketball game is like."

Anthony cause some headlines, before leading his team with 22 points, when rumors swirled that the forward would be willing to waive his no-trade clause if the right situation presented itself. The 30-year-old told reporters before the game that those were just rumors. Anthony shot 9-for-20 in the win, pulling down five rebounds and blocking three shots.

New York opened the game shooting well, holding a 26-19 lead after the first quarter, while their defense helped set the tone. The Knicks held Boston (7-14) to just 7-of-22 from three-point land and forced 17 total turnovers.

The win snapped the longest losing streak for the Knicks since 2005-06 when they also dropped 10 in a row.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/19/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/19/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: San Antonio Spurs 92 (7-4) – Cleveland Cavaliers 90 (5-5)

Indiana Pacers 88 (5-7) – Charlotte Hornets 86 (4-8)

Los Angeles Clippers 114 (6-4) – Orlando Magic 90 (5-8)

Boston Celtics 101 (4-6) – Philadelphia 76ers 90 (0-11)

Dallas Mavericks 105 (9-3) – Washington Wizards 102 (7-3)

Phoenix Suns 88 (7-5) – Detroit Pistons 86 (3-9)

Toronto Raptors 96 (9-2) – Memphis Grizzlies 92 (10-2)

Minnesota Timberwolves 115 (3-7) – New York Knicks 99 (3-10)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: Creighton 65 (3-0) – (18) Oklahoma 63 (1-1)

NHL: New York Rangers 2 (7-7-4; 18pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 0 (7-7-2; 16pts)

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Smart Carted Off in Celtics Win

Smart Carted Off in Celtics Win

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Celtics guard Marcus Smart was carted off the court Friday night after injuring his left ankle in the fourth quarter of Boston's 101-98 win over Indiana.

The rookie appeared to step on the Pacers Lavoy Allen and immediately went to the floor, clutching his left ankle. Team doctors rushed to his side before calling for a stretcher. His leg was immobilized and he was carted off the court, giving a thumbs up as he departed.

"It was really scary and then, obviously, he was writhing in pain, so that makes it even more scary," coach Brad Stevens said. "We're hoping it's a sprain, but we don't know that. So obviously a great deal of concern for him, No. 1. And hopefully he can get back sooner rather than later because he's really playing great basketball."

Smart was the 6th overall pick by the Celtics in this year's NBA draft and was averaging 7.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in the first four games of the season. Five players scored in double figures for Boston who improved to 2-3 while the Pacers dropped to 1-5 on the young season.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/29/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/29/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB - World Series - Game 7: San Francisco Giants 3 - Kansas City Royals 2 (Giants wins World Series, 4-3)

NBA: Charlotte Hornets 108 (1-0) – Milwaukee Bucks 106 (0-1) OT

Indiana Pacers 103 (1-0) – Philadelphia 76ers 91 (0-1)

Boston Celtics 121 (1-0) – Brooklyn Nets 105 (0-1)

Miami Heat 107 (1-0) – Washington Wizards 95 (0-1)

Toronto Raptors 109 (1-0) – Atlanta Hawks 102 (0-1)

Memphis Grizzlies 105 (1-0) – Minnesota Timberwolves 101 (0-1)

Chicago Bulls 104 (1-0) – New York Knicks 80 (0-1)

NHL: Detroit Red Wings 4 (5-2-2; 12pts) – Washington Capitals 2 (4-3-2; 10pts) 

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Celtics’ Fans Part of why Rajon Rondo wants to Stay in Boston

Celtics’ Fans Part of why Rajon Rondo wants to Stay in BostonNBA via Boston Celtics(NEW YORK) -- It has been a tough season for the Boston Celtics, but specifically for point guard Rajon Rondo, who's not used to losing at the pro level. Despite the mounting losses, Rondo wants to stay with the team in large part...

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/19/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/19/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament – Midwest Region – First Round: (16) Cal Poly 81 (14-19) – (16) Texas Southern 69 (19-15) (11) Tennessee 78 (22-12) - (11) Iowa 65 (20-13) OT NBA: Boston Celtics...

Pacers Roll Over Celtics in Bynum’s Debut

Pacers Roll Over Celtics in Bynum’s DebutChristopher Trotman/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indiana Pacers got back on track Tuesday night, dismantling the Boston Celtics 94-83 to snap a four-game losing streak. David West scored 24 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead Indiana (47-17),...

Nets’ Paul Pierce Leaves Door Open for Celtics Reunion

Nets’ Paul Pierce Leaves Door Open for Celtics ReunionJim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even though he's left the Boston Celtics behind him, Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce is open to coming back to the team as either a player or in the front office. "Yeah, why not? Pierce told HoopsHype when asked ...

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/26/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/26/14Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Orlando Magic 101 (18-42) – Philadelphia 76ers 90 (15-43) Boston Celtics 115 (20-39) – Atlanta Hawks 104 (26-31) Chicago Bulls 103 (31-26) – Golden State Warriors 83 (35-23) Dallas Mavericks 108 (...

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/24/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/24/14Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Milwaukee Bucks 130 (11-45) - Philadelphia 76ers 110 (15-42) Golden State Warriors 104 (35-32) - Detroit Pistons 96 (23-34) Dallas Mavericks 110 (35-23) - New York Knicks 108 (21-36) Los Angeles Clippers 1...

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/10/14Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Detroit Pistons 109 (22-29) - San Antonio Spurs 100 (37-15) Indiana Pacers 119 (40-11) - Denver Nuggets 80 (24-26) Toronto Raptors 108 (27-24) - New Orleans Pelicans 101 (22-29) Houston Rockets 107 (35...

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/5/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/5/14 Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Los Angeles Lakers 119 (17-32) – Cleveland Cavaliers 108 (16-33) San Antonio Spurs 125 (36-13) – Washington Wizards 118 (24-24) 2OT Boston Celtics 114 (17-33) – Philadelphia 76ers 108 (15-35) Orl...

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/2/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/2/14Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Super Bowl XLVIII:  Seattle Seahawks 43 - Denver Broncos 8 NBA:  Boston Celtics 96 (16-33) - Orlando Magic 89 (13-36) NHL:  Washington Capitals 6 (25-22-9, 59 pts) - Detroit Red Wings 5 (24-...

Pierce, Garnett Honored in Return to Boston as Nets Roll

Pierce, Garnett Honored in Return to Boston as Nets RollBruce Bennett/Getty Images(BOSTON) --  It was just another game for the Brooklyn Nets, but for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, Sunday night's contest against the Boston Celtics was about way more than basketball. Pierce and Garnett returned to Bost...

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/22/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/22/14Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Charlotte Bobcats 95 (19-25) – Los Angeles Clippers 91 (29-15) Chicago Bulls 98 (21-20) – Cleveland Cavaliers 87 (15-27) Atlanta Hawks 112 (22-19) – Orlando Magic 109 (11-32) Toronto Raptors 93 (2...

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