CHICAGO (AP) -- Avery Bradley scored 23 points, and the hot-shooting Boston Celtics pounded the Chicago Bulls 105-83 to win their first-round series 4-2 on Friday night. The top-seeded Celtics simply torched Chicago to finish off a tougher-than-anticipated series and advance in the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Boston regrouped after dropping the first two games at home and will meet Washington in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Game 1 is Sunday.
ATLANTA (AP) -- John Wall scored 42 points, Bradley Beal added 31 and the Washington Wizards withstood a furious Atlanta comeback to close out the Hawks with a 115-99 victory Friday night, winning the opening-round playoff series 4-2. The Hawks fell behind by 22 early in the third quarter before making a game of it down the stretch.
ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) -- With the sting of their frantic but failed Game 6 comeback effort still fresh in their minds, the Milwaukee Bucks returned to their practice facility Friday morning to pack their things and head their separate ways.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Kevin Durant can take some pressure off that tender left calf. LeBron James has extra time to recoup after barely leaving the floor in the first round. Golden State coach Steve Kerr scheduled some medical appointments as he deals with debilitating symptoms still affecting him nearly two years after complications from a pair of back surgeries.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Jason Smith is playing for the Washington Wizards in Game 6 of their opening-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks. The front-court reserve left the previous game with a sprained left knee and did not return. After getting extensive treatment over the last two days, he's been cleared to play.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- David Fizdale helped coax even better play out of Mike Conley and turned Marc Gasol into a 3-point shooter. The first-year coach also helped the Grizzlies extend their franchise record streak of postseason appearances to seven. As with many of the Grizzlies postseason hopes, the San Antonio Spurs dashed them yet again by ousting Memphis in six games with the clincher Thursday night 103-96 .
PHOENIX (AP) -- An Aug. 21 trial date has been set for NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris, who allegedly assaulted a man outside a Phoenix recreation center two years ago. Maricopa County Superior Court officials announced the trial date Friday. The Morris brothers are accused of helping three other people beat 36-year-old Erik Hood on Jan. 24, 2015.
BOSTON (AP) -- Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas plans to attend his sister's funeral on Saturday without missing any games in Boston's first-round playoff series against Chicago. Thomas' cousin, Johari Thomas, confirmed to The Associated Press that the Celtics star would fly to Tacoma, Washington for the funeral after Game 6 on Friday night. He would fly back to Boston by Sunday in time for Game 7, if necessary.
PROVO, Utah (AP) -- The BYU basketball program is parting ways with Jamal Aytes, Steven Beo and Davin Guin. Coach Dave Rose said Friday Aytes and Beo will transfer while Guinn is leaving basketball to focus on law school. Aytes will graduate in spring and be eligible to play as a graduate transfer next season. He averaged 2.1 points and 1.2 rebounds in 28 games as a junior.
NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Wizards advance, to play Celtics ATLANTA (AP) -- The Washington Wizards have closed out their NBA first-round series with the Atlanta Hawks by earning the only road win by either team. John Wall scored 42 points and made a huge block to steer momentum back toward the Wizards in a 115-99 triumph in Atlanta. Washington saw a 22-point, third-quarter lead shrink to three before Wall rejected Dennis Schroder's (SHROO'-durz) layup attempt.
UNDATED (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Larry Bird is stepping down as president of the Indiana Pacers. The person tells the AP that Kevin Pritchard is being elevated from general manager to the team's new president of basketball operations.
DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons have put in bids to host a future NBA All-Star Game at Little Caesars Arena. The team says in a release Friday that bids were submitted to the league for 2020 and 2021. Little Caesars Arena is being built just north of downtown Detroit and is expected to open this year. It also will be home to the NHL's Detroit Red Wings.
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Larry Bird started the week by driving an IndyCar down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan to stump for the NBA's All-Star weekend returning to Indiana. He ended it by stepping down as president of basketball operations for the Pacers, a stunningly abrupt decision that has become a hallmark of the NBA great's post-playing career.
Spurs, Raptors advance...Senators, Penguins win Game 1...Spieth-Palmer tandem shares lead at PGA team event
UNDATED (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors have advanced to the second round of the NBA Playoffs. The Spurs eliminated the Grizzlies 103-96 in Memphis, while the Raptors blew a 25-point lead before downing the Bucks in Milwaukee, 92-89. There are three more Game 6s tonight: Washington at Atlanta, Boston at Chicago and the L.A. Clippers at Utah. The Wizards, Celtics and Jazz all have 3-2 leads in their series.
DRAFT-PANTHERS Panthers select RB McCaffrey with 8th pick in NFL draft CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Panthers selected versatile running back Christian McCaffrey from Stanford with the No. 8 pick in the NFL draft, giving former league MVP Cam Newton some needed help on offense. Along with his ability to run the ball, the 5-foot-10, 202-pound McCaffrey has the ability to play slot receiver and return kicks.
NEW YORK (AP) -- IN THE NEWS: AMAZON PHYSICAL STORES? NEW YORK (AP) -- When you think of Amazon, you think about buying something online and having it delivered to your home or office. But that may change -- now that the online giant is thinking about opening physical stores.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Gregg Popovich feels like his San Antonio Spurs survived the Memphis Grizzlies and is grateful their first-round series finally is over after six games. His Spurs desperately need a couple days off before hosting Houston on Monday night in their Western Conference semifinal. The Spurs finished the game on a 22-8 run Thursday night after trailing by seven in beating Memphis 103-96 to take the series 4-2.