SCOREBOARD
Thursday, May 29
San Antonio at L.A. Lakers (9 p.m. EDT). The Lakers look to close out the Spurs and advance to the NBA finals for the first time since 2004.

STARS
Wednesday
-Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, Celtics. Allen scored 29 points and Garnett finished with 33 points to lead Boston to a 106-102 victory over Detroit to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

ONE WIN AWAY
Boston beat the Detroit Pistons 106-102 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Game 6 is Friday in Detroit, and with a victory there or on Sunday back in Boston, the Celtics would advance to the NBA finals for the first time since Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish took them there in 1987.

LORD BYRON
than $5 million per year with incentives that could push it higher than $6 million per year.

HIRED
The Atlanta Hawks, looking for new experienced front-office leadership after ending their playoff drought this season, hired Rick Sund as general manager on Wednesday. Sund has worked in NBA front offices for more than 30 years, including stints with Milwaukee, Dallas, Detroit and most recently the Seattle SuperSonics.

SPEAKING
``My feeling right now is no different than if I scored 10 points and we won the game. It's a great feeling. Just winning gives me the greatest joy, regardless of what I've done.'' - Ray Allen after helping Boston to a 106-102 win over Detroit in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night. The Celtics lead the Pistons 3-2.

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