BOSTON Teams

AP

Celtics outlast Kings, win 4th straight

Boston shot 56% from the field, including Jared Sullinger going 10-for-13 and Avery Bradley shooting 9-for-16, in the 128-119 win over the Kings, who were led by 31 from DeMarcus Cousins. Box score

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics 95, Kings 87 (end 3rd): Celtics shooting 55.4 percent and nearly at triple figures entering the fourth quarter, but Boston has 18 turnovers and the Kings trimmed eight points off their deficit in the third quarter. Jared Sullinger a team-high 21 points for Boston. Old friend Rajon Rondo at 12 points, 11 assists, 6 steals, 4 rebounds for Sacramento.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics 74, Kings 58 (half): Call it Super Bowl Sunay, because there's no D in Boston today. Celts and Kings combined to shoot 54.1 percent over first 24 minutes. Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger each have 17 points to pace Boston. Sacramento's Rajon Rondo with 8 points, 7 assists, 5 steals but is minus-15 overall.

Celtics clock in heavy first quarter

The Celtics scored 34 points in the opening 8 minutes against the Kings. Their highest-scoring first quarter this season is 40. The most they have ever scored in any quarter this season is 43. The Kings are trailing the Celtics by 12 in the second quarter. Follow live

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics 46, King 37 (end 1st): Nothing but offense in this Super Bowl Sunday matinee as the Celtics and Kings combine to score 83 first-quarter points. Celtics connected on seven 3-pointers (including three from Friday's hero Avery Bradley). He's got a team-high 12 points and headband-sporting Kelly Olynyk added eight points off the bench. Celtics on pace to win this one 184-148.

ESPN Stats & Info

Broncos trying to turn SB luck around

Denver will be making its eighth Super Bowl appearance on Sunday, but five of the previous seven have ended in losses. That's the most in NFL history, one ahead of the Patriots, Bills and Vikings.

Kings (21-29) at Celtics (30-22)

The Celtics have won 8 of their last 9 games -- including Friday's win over the first-place Cavaliers -- as they take on a Kings team that's lost 6 of its last 7 while allowing 116.4 points per game. Follow live

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics coach when asked if league had sent a memo on piggybacking at free throw line: "It was in an email from the league. So it basically said that if you do what [JJ] Redick did against the Clippers and then what the Wizards did against us where they jumped on Amir [Johnson's] back and kind of wrapped around, then it would be a flagrant foul. At least that's what I think I read. I get a lot of emails. Sometimes I read them. Sometimes I don't. But I'm glad I read that one. So that was initially actually why we put Smart in the game so whoever went in I could tell, Hey, listen. If you go after the ball you have to do it in a way that is a basketball play. Otherwise it's a flagrant foul.' And so we wanted him to go after the ball. And he made a real push to get into the ball. And he and Jae kept it alive."

Brian Babineau/NHLI/Getty Images
16hJoe McDonald

B's prospect hospitalized after puck to throat

Malcolm Subban, a Bruins goalie prospect, will remain overnight in a Portland, Maine, hospital after being hit in the throat by a puck Saturday during warm-ups for a Providence Bruins game.

play
Bruins win on Marchand's OT penalty shot (0:58)

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

After presenting the three candidates -- Cam Newton, Devonta Freeman and Antonio Brown -- for the fantasy player of the year award at NFL Honors on Saturday evening, Bills coach Rex Ryan joked on stage, "There was two other guys on there, but we took off Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski for obvious reasons."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyronn Lue on the NBA's last two minute report that determined J.R. Smith shouldn't have been called for a foul on Evan Turner late against Boston on Friday: "It's over now. I don't think that play had anything to do with it. I just think it was a bunch of things that led to that situation, so it happened. They say it wasn't a foul, but there's nothing we can do about it now."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

With Rajon Rondo back in Boston for Sunday's matinee with the Celtics, Kings coach George Karl discusses his point guard: "Hey, Rajon's a challenge to coach from a standpoint you're always taking the game with him because he knows the game, he's a very intelligent basketball player and everything. Sometimes there's a little bit too much debate, and I think as a coach I have to learn when to open that window up and when to close that window down. And I think that's kind of where we're at right now. He and I have been battling a little bit on getting him to defend on more of a consistent (basis). Last night I thought he was very good defensively for us. He made some random decisions that burnt us with the 3-ball, but I thought being aggressive is always something I would rather have than being passive."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Sacramento Kings coach George Karl on feeling in limbo as management reportedly weighs a coaching change: "I don't think I'm in limbo. I think I've got a heck of a challenge [against] a [Boston Celtics] team that's played damn well, probably it's best basketball in the last six weeks. If you want to overreact to the last four or five games, that's somebody else's reaction, not my reaction. I think this team is still in a place that we can solve some problems and be good."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Sacramento Kings coach George Karl on talk about his future with the team: "I have no control of what other people think or whatever people are circulating. My job is to get prepared for Boston. We had a good practice today and I'm with the practice. Boston's playing at a great level. Probably the best they've played in two years. Their win last night was pretty impressive. They kept coming after a team that thought they had them beat about four times and stole the end from them. It was really a gutty win by the Celtics."

USA TODAY Sports, AP Photo

Curiosas analogías en tiempos de Super Bowl

La fascinación por el Super Bowl en los Estados Unidos involucra desde fans hasta estrellas de la NBA, a sabiendas, el colega Martín Bater comparó a 5 jugadores de la NBA con sus colegas de la NFL que se les parezcan en estilo de juego o actitud. Leer

Massachusetts High School Sports

  • Brendan C. Hall/ESPNBoston.com
  • #RoadToSpringfield

    The 2015-16 MIAA Basketball season is in full bloom, with tons of thrilling finishes. Check out our complete coverage.