SCOREBOARD
Monday, May 19
San Antonio at New Orleans (8:30 p.m. EDT). The defending champions play Game 7 on the road, where the Hornets have not lost at home this postseason.

STAR
Sunday
-Paul Pierce, Celtics, scored 41 points to lead Boston to a 97-92 victory over Cleveland.

CELTIC PRIDE
Paul Pierce scored 41 points, hit two clinching free throws with 7.9 seconds left and Boston beat Cleveland 97-92 on Sunday to secure a spot in the Eastern Conference finals. The conference finals begin Tuesday night against the Detroit Pistons in Boston, where the Celtics have won 14 straight games and are 8-0 in the postseason.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
LeBron James scored 45 points on 14-of-29 shooting in Cleveland's 97-92 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday.

SPEAKING
``We both tried to will our team to victory and, just like Dominique Wilkins, I ended up on the short end and the Celtics won again. I think the second round of the postseason, Game 7, these fans will finally have an opportunity to forget a little bit about what Larry Bird and Dominique Wilkins did and remember what Paul and LeBron did.'' - LeBron James after Cleveland's 97-92 loss to Boston on Sunday on a matchup between Bird and Atlanta's Wilkins 20 years ago. James finished with 45 points and Paul Pierce had 41 to lead the Celtics.

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