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Celtics, reach deal to put GE logo on uniform

The Boston Celtics will take to the parquet court next season wearing a GE logo on their uniforms. The Celtics are the third NBA team to announce a deal to wear a sponsor’s patch on its jersey since the league gave the go-ahead.

Stevens good example of NBA’s global reach

In less than six months, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens will be on the sideline in six different countries. He’s perhaps the best current example of the NBA’s international reach. Stevens’ itinerary: He was an assistant for the NBA’s game in South Africa in August, will take his Celtics to Italy and Spain for preseason matchups in October, and his club will head to Mexico in December for a regular-season contest against Sacramento. So those, combined with the normal locales in the U.S. and Canada, means Stevens will get a real feel for the game’s global following. The league has long placed importance on growing the game worldwide, and this year’s lineup for the Global Games, with NBA teams heading to six different countries, only enhances those efforts. – Associated Press

AP source: Celtics trade Rajon Rondo to Mavericks

The Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of Boston’s last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title. The Celtics will send Rondo and forward Dwight Powell to Dallas for Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson and two draft picks, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Boston will acquire a first-round pick in next year’s draft and a second-rounder in 2016. The Celtics have eight first-round picks in the next four years. The Mavericks add a pass-first point guard – a four-time all-star – to team with Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons in what they hope will make them a contender again. Dallas is 19-8 this season and sixth in the Western Conference. – AP

In brief: Chandler Parsons, Mavericks hang on to beat Celtics 118-113

NBA: Chandler Parsons scored 29 points, including a key 3-pointer, to help host Dallas beat Boston 118-113 Monday night. Avery Bradley had a chance to tie with three free throws when he was fouled on a 3-pointer by Monta Ellis with 39 seconds left after Boston trailed by 31 in the second quarter. But he missed the second one.

Kelly Olynyk scores 25 as Celtics roll past Cavs

Rookie Kelly Olynyk matched a career high with 25 points and the short-handed Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-99 on Saturday night. Avery Bradley also scored 25 points for the Celtics, who built a 33-point lead early in the fourth quarter before Cleveland’s reserves cut into the margin. Olynyk had a career-high 12 rebounds, and Jeff Green and Brandon Bass each scored 19 points. Boston snapped a 13-game road losing streak and won for the first time away from home since Feb. 10. Boston has won consecutive games for the first time since early March. The Celtics, who dressed eight players, were without point guard Rajon Rondo (strained shin) and center Jared Sullinger (sprained ankle). “It was nice to have an extra opportunity to get in and start tonight, and I jumped on it,” Olynyk said. – AP

Celtics pleased with Olynyk’s progression

Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge stood in the middle of a tunnel near the Orleans Arena court, waiting for the postgame celebration to conclude following Gonzaga’s win over BYU in the WCC championship Tuesday night. Ainge, who played at BYU, offered a congratulatory handshake to GU coach Mark Few and senior guard David Stockton. Few quickly asked Ainge, “How’s my guy doing?”

In brief: Trail Blazers hand Celtics their 8th straight loss

NBA: LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 13 rebounds Saturday night as the host Portland Trail Blazers handed the Boston Celtics their eighth straight loss, 112-104. The Trail Blazers (28-9) rallied from a 10-point second-quarter deficit. Wesley Matthews scored 18 points and Nicolas Batum had 16. Damian Lillard and Robin Lopez each had 15 points. Lopez also had 13 rebounds.

Celtics, Nets finalize blockbuster deal

NEW YORK – The blockbuster breakup of the Boston Celtics is complete. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are Brooklyn bound. The Nets and Celtics finalized their draft-night trade Friday, a nine-player, three-draft pick swap centered on the two aging champions who won a title in Boston in 2008.

End of era as Celtics rebuild

BOSTON – Letting Doc Rivers go to the Los Angeles Clippers was the first sign. Getting rid of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett clinched it. The Boston Celtics are rebuilding.

Celtics edge Clippers; move to 4-0 without Rondo

NBA: Paul Pierce scored 22 points and Boston held off a late comeback to beat visiting Los Angeles 106-104 and improve to 4-0 since losing Rajon Rondo for the season to a torn knee ligament. The Clippers had pulled to 103-101 on a 3-pointer by Eric Bledsoe with 56 seconds remaining. But Avery Bradley drew an offensive foul on Los Angeles’ Jamal Crawford with 26 seconds to go, and Pierce held on to the ball before making a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left to clinch the win.

To the Finals: Heat top Celtics 101-88 in Game 7

MIAMI – LeBron James finally got a Game 7 victory, on his third try. Next up, the NBA finals – and his third try at that elusive first championship. A year after watching someone else celebrate on their home floor, the Miami Heat were the ones dancing at midcourt.