Cavs, Celtics to meet

Antawn Jamison scored 25 points, LeBron James just missed a triple-double and the Cavaliers advanced to a playoff date with Boston by beating Chicago, 96-94, in Game 5 in Cleveland on Tuesday night in perhaps Vinny Del Negro's final game as Bulls coach.

James, favoring a tender right elbow, scored 19 points — 16 in the second half — and added 10 rebounds and nine assists as the Cavs won the series, 4-1.

Unable to lift his right arm, James was forced to shoot a free throw left-handed with 7.8 seconds left.

Cleveland will face the Celtics, reuniting teams that don’t like each other and who played a testy seven-game series in 2008.

At Celtics 96, Heat 86: Former Sonic Ray Allen scored 24 points, making five 3-pointers in the second half, to help Boston eliminate Miami in five games.

Guard Rajon Rondo had 16 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for the Cetics.

Dwyane Wade had 31 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in possibly his final game in a Heat uniform. Wade will become a free agent after the season.

At Mavericks 103, Spurs 81: Caron Butler scored a career playoff-best 35 points and had 11 rebounds, and Brendan Haywood provided a strong inside presence at both ends in his first start of this postseason as Dallas trimmed San Antonio’s series lead to 3-2.

Tony Parker had 18 points for the Spurs.

Crawford top sixth man

Atlanta guard Jamal Crawford, a graduate of Seattle’s Rainier Beach High School, was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in a landslide.

Crawford, who willingly accepted a backup role for the first time in his career, averaged 18 points a game in 31.1 minutes.

Crawford won the award going away with 580 of a possible 610 points, including 110 out of 122 first-place votes. Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks, last year’s Sixth Man winner and a graduate of Seattle’s Franklin High, finished second with 220 points.


Hawks coach Mike Woodson said there have been no talks on a new contract with Atlanta, even amid reports that he’ll be a candidate to take another job after the season. The most persistent report is that Woodson could wind up as Philadelphia’s coach, which is based on Larry Brown leaving Charlotte to become the 76ers’ general manager. ... The family of late Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin has agreed to the “major economic terms” of a deal to sell its stake in the NBA team to Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis.