Love exits as Cavaliers lead Celtics

Cleveland lost Kevin Love to a thigh bruise late in the third quarter and the Cavs' lead is down to just two points after the Celtics opened the final frame on a 9-3 run. Follow live

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Cavs 73, Celtics 65 (end 3rd): Boston briefly rallied ahead early in the second half, but Cavs  even after Kevin Love went down with a left leg issue  rallied back and were up 10 until Evan Turner's late-quarter layup brought the deficit down to eight heading to the final frame.

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Cavaliers 49, Celtics 43 (half): Rough first half for All-Star Isaiah Thomas who missed six of the seven shots he put up and had three turnovers. He also tweaked his ankle late in the first quarter, but got re-taped and returned in the second. Former Cavs big man Tyler Seller scored eight points off the bench to help Boston rally back after falling behind by double digits in less than three minutes.

Halftime: Cavaliers 49, Celtics 43

Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith each poured in 11 points as Cleveland turned a strong first 12 minutes into a halftime advantage. LeBron James scored nine points but was just 3-of-8 from the floor with four turnovers. Halftime stats

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas landed awkwardly after a layup attempt was blocked and limped to the locker room late in the first quarter in Cleveland. The team said he is getting the ankle re-taped and will return to the game.

Watch: Harvard (9-11) vs. Princeton (12-5)

Harvard has appeared in four straight NCAA tournaments, but that streak is very much in jeopardy, although it has the Ivy League's leading rebounder in Zena Edosomwan. The Crimson travel to face a Princeton team that last reached the tournament in 2011. Live on ESPNU, WatchESPN

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

In 40 career regular season games against the Boston Celtics, LeBron James is averaging 29.7 pts on 49.7 pct, 6.5 reb, 6.4 ast, 1.9 stl and 1.1 blk. The only team he's averaged more pts against in his career is OKC (29.73 pts).


Celtics (29-22) at Cavaliers (35-13)

Cleveland is trying to bounce back from a loss at Charlotte that ended a five-game winning streak. Meanwhile, a surging Boston has won 10 of its last 13 games. Follow live

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LeBron James getting in some early shooting work before the Celtics game.

Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Patriots owner Robert Kraft did not attend Roger Goodell's "state of the NFL" news conference at Super Bowl 50. Kraft instead attended the Merlin Olsen Pro Football Hall of Fame luncheon at Super Bowl 50. Kraft has a bond with several Hall of Famers after leading 19 of them on a 2015 mission to Israel.

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Pats land high in SB ranks despite losses

The Patriots' 2007 and 2011 Super Bowl lineups were arguably better overall than the Giants' teams. But a lack of reliability in some positions was enough to keep New England from finishing both seasons on high notes. Ranking recent Super Bowl teams (Insider)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics swingman Jae Crowder sat out the team's morning shootaround Friday due to a sore ankle after getting rolled up on during Wednesday's win over the Pistons. Crowder is a game-time decision but told reporters in Cleveland that he expects to play against the Cavaliers.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston College finished the season No. 1 in total defense, but the Eagles lost all but one defensive assistant this offseason. Line coach Ben Albert left for Duke on Friday. The Blue Devils' defense lacked a strong D-line in 2015, but Albert's history of turning mid-level prospects into all-conference performers bodes well for Duke.

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Most impactful plays in Super Bowl history

The most impactful plays might not be the most miraculous or athletically stupendous (no, the David Tyree helmet catch is not in the top 10), but they are the ones that definitively impacted the outcome of the game. And you don't need a long memory to recall No. 1. Impact plays

Bruins edge Sabres for SO victory (0:36)

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