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'I’m proud of every one of them': Luka Doncic shows love to Mavericks despite falling short in NBA Finals vs Celtics

It was not the outcome Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks expected in their first NBA Finals appearance since 2011.

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'This is special': Celtics’ Al Horford looks back on first stint with Boston, maiden NBA title after 17 seasons

Al Horford never gave up, persevered, played his role to perfection that led to his first-ever championship.

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'We did it together': Finals MVP Jaylen Brown credits longtime teammate Jayson Tatum as Celtics duo finally win first title together

Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have seen and heard it all. Now, they are celebrating their first title together with the Boston Celtics.

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'All the sacrifices are worth it': Jayson Tatum still in awe of leading Celtics to NBA title vs Mavericks

At long last, Jayson Tatum is finally an NBA champion.

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Jayson Tatum steers Celtics to record-setting 18th NBA title with Game 5 romp of Mavericks

Redemption arc is complete for Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and the Boston Celtics.

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'We just gotta keep believing': Luka Doncic, Mavericks keep belief after Game 4 blowout vs Celtics

Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks simply refused to fold and extended their season--at least for one game.

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Luka Doncic, Mavericks stave off elimination with third largest margin of victory in NBA Finals history vs Celtics in Game 4

The Dallas Mavericks led by as many as 48 points in a blowout win.

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'It’s not over till it’s over': Luka Doncic voices out frustrations in Game 3 loss, remains defiant as Mavericks head to must-win Game 4 vs Celtics

The Dallas Mavericks need Luka Doncic on the court more than ever in hopes of turning the series around and keep their season alive.

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'The job’s not done': Jaylen Brown gets real on last year’s failures, remains grounded as Celtics move a win away from NBA title vs Mavericks

Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics are on the verge of completing the 10th sweep in NBA Finals history and the second in franchise history.

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'Nobody is satisfied': Jayson Tatum focuses on task at hand as Celtics take commanding 3-0 series lead vs Mavericks

Jayson Tatum is one win away from his first NBA title.

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Tatum, Brown send red-hot Celtics to brink of NBA title with gutsy Game 3 win over Mavericks

The Boston Celtics remain undefeated on the road this playoffs at 7-0. They have not lost a postseason game in a month.

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Celtics’ Kristaps Porzingis suffers left leg injury, listed as ‘questionable’ for Game 3 vs Mavericks

Kristaps Porzingis hasn’t played in Dallas in the two and a half years since the Mavericks traded him.

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Luka Doncic pinpoints keys for Mavericks to bounce back vs Celtics as NBA Finals shift to Dallas

Even Luka Doncic’s best game of this Finals series against the Boston Celtics wasn’t enough to stop the Dallas Mavericks from falling to a 0-2 hole.

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Jayson Tatum gets real on shooting slump, Celtics' approach after 2-0 NBA Finals lead vs Mavericks

If ain’t broke, don’t fix it as fast as Jayson Tatum is concerned with the Boston Celtics.

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'Ball just stuck too much': Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks to hone in on ball movement in Finals Game 2

Luka Doncic made his much-awaited NBA Finals debut, but the outcome wasn't what he expected.

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Celtics’ Jaylen Brown braces for all-out Mavericks response in Game 2 after dominating NBA Finals opener

Jaylen Brown quickly shifts his attention to Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

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'It wasn’t a big deal': Celtics' Kristaps Porzingis bares no problem coming off the bench in impressive Finals debut vs Mavericks

If Kristaps Porzingis plays like this for the rest of the way for the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals, the Dallas Mavericks are in deep trouble.

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Porzingis shines in NBA Finals debut as Celtics turn back Mavericks for title series head start

No stage is too big for Kristaps Porzingis, even in his first NBA Finals.

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'I’ll play tomorrow': Kristaps Porzingis set for Celtics return vs Mavericks in NBA Finals opener

Kristaps Porzingis last played for the Boston Celtics in their Eastern Conference opening round clash with the Miami Heat.

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NBA Finals preview: Doncic vs Tatum, Irving and Porzingis face former teams as Mavericks, Celtics battle for Larry O’ Brien trophy

The Boston Celtics are gunning for a record-breaking 18th title, while the Dallas Mavericks are aiming for a second championship in franchise history.

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'That gets me going': Luka Doncic weighs in on tiff with Timberwolves fan as Mavericks barge to NBA Finals

Trash talk Western Conference Finals Luka Doncic at your own peril.

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'Long time coming': Mavericks' Kyrie Irving savors first NBA Finals trip in seven years

It took seven long years but Kyrie Irving is back at the grandest stage that is the NBA Finals, this time with the Dallas Mavericks.

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Mavericks blast Timberwolves in Game 5, enter first NBA Finals in 13 years

The Dallas Mavericks will play against the Boston Celtics for the Larry O’Brien trophy.

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Towns, Edwards exchange praises as Timberwolves extend season with Game 4 win over Mavericks

Facing elimination, Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns responded big time for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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No sweep: Timberwolves stay alive with gutsy Game 4 win over Mavericks

The Minnesota Timberwolves extend their season for at least one more game.

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Eastern Conference Finals MVP Jaylen Brown says he's 'one of the best two-way' players in the game

Two-way Jaylen Brown stepped up big time when needed the most by the Boston Celtics.

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Clutch Celtics close out Pacers for East Finals sweep, book second Finals trip in three years

This is only the second time that the Boston Celtics recorded an Eastern Conference Finals sweep since 1986.

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'Poise, patience, and discipline': Joe Mazulla lauds Jaylen Brown’s growth as Celtics race to 2-0 lead vs Pacers

Celtics coach Joe Mazulla has nothing but high praise for his All-Star guard Jaylen Brown.

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Brown matches career playoff-high of 40 points, Celtics cruise past Pacers for 2-0 series lead

The Boston Celtics won Game 2 of a series for the first time this playoffs.

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'We got to win this game': Luka Doncic remains grounded as late takeover steers Mavericks' Game 1 win vs Timberwolves

Luka Doncic played spoiler during the first Conference Finals game in Minnesota in 20 years.

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Doncic, Irving combine for 63, Mavericks land first blow vs Timberwolves on road to steal West Finals opener

The Dallas Mavericks registered their first Conference Finals road win since 2011.

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'It’s not over till it’s over': After clutch Game 1 heroics, Jaylen Brown lauds Celtics’ resiliency vs Pacers

The Indiana Pacers were at the brink of a Game 1 upset over the Celtics in Boston. Jaylen Brown, however, had other ideas.

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Celtics survive Pacers in overtime thriller for East Finals head start

Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Jrue Holiday became the first Celtics trio to score 25+ points in a Conference Finals game.

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NBA Western Conference Finals preview: Doncic-Edwards battle headline fascinating Timberwolves-Mavericks series

Luka Doncic and the Dallas Maverick return to a familiar place, but standing in their way are the feisty, fearless, and ferocious Anthony Edwards and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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NBA Eastern Conference Finals preview: Tatum, well-rested Celtics face Haliburton, surging Pacers

This will be the first time the Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers meet in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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'We just wanted to respond as a team': Siakam lauds gutsy Pacers fightback in Game 6 vs Knicks to keep season alive

Spicy P put the much-needed heat for the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 and it worked against the New York Knicks.

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Pacers stay alive after pivotal Game 6 win over Knicks, force do-or-die Game 7

The last team who beat the New York Knicks in a Game 7 at home? The Indiana Pacers back in the 1995 Eastern Conference semifinals.

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Edwards, Timberwolves stave off elimination after 45-point Game 6 demolition of Nuggets to force Game 7

Game 7. Ant Man vs Joker. Reigning champion Denver Nuggets against Minnesota Timberwolves. Doesn’t get any better than this.

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'I was the old Luka': After deflating Game 4 loss, ‘focused’ Luka Doncic responds with best game yet for Mavericks vs Thunder

Less words and more basketball work wonders for Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks after a pivotal Game 5 win over the OKC Thunder.

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Doncic drops 30-point triple-double in Game 5, Mavericks send West no.1 Thunder to brink of elimination

The Dallas Mavericks are just a win away from returning to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2022.

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Jokic receives third MVP trophy, drops 40 vs Timberwolves to send Nuggets towards brink of West Finals

After dropping the first two games of the series at home, Nikola Jokic and the reigning champions Denver Nuggets have now won three straight games.

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Brunson goes for 44, Knicks knock on East Finals door with Game 5 romp of Pacers

The New York Knicks are just a win away from their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance in 24 years.

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Celtics turn back short-handed Cavaliers to book third straight East Finals trip

Make that four Eastern Conference Finals appearances in the last five seasons for the Boston Celtics.

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‘We dug in': Mark Daigneault praises 'scrappy’ Thunder in gutsy Game 4 comeback vs Mavericks

Grit and grind. Rough and tough. Whatever it took, the OKC Thunder rolled with the punches early and delivered when needed the most.

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SGA, Thunder overcome poor shooting, Luka's triple-double to level West semis series vs Mavericks

SGA and the West no. 1 OKC Thunder survived a horrible shooting night, a Dallas Maverick block party, and Luka Doncic’s triple-double to hack out a hard-earned road win.

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With LeBron James watching, Celtics down Mitchell-less Cavaliers in Game 4 to move on cusp of East Finals

The Boston Celtics are now 4-0 on the road playoffs so far, and are one win away from a third straight Eastern Conference Finals appearance.

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‘It makes me better': Jamal Murray embraces 'villain arc' as Nuggets bounce back in Game 3 vs Timberwolves

Jamal Murray embraces the challenge of being perhaps the “most hated man” in Minnesota as of today.

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Nuggets respond big time with Game 3 romp of Timberwolves, cut West semis series to 2-1

The Denver Nuggets handed the Minnesota Timberwolves their first loss this playoffs.

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Haliburton, Pacers spoil DiVincenzo’s career-game in Game 3, trims series vs Knicks to 2-1

The Indiana Pacers remained perfect at home this postseason with a 4-0 record.

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‘I’m battling out there': After Game 2 win, Luka Doncic expects a ‘fight till the end’ vs OKC as series shifts to Dallas

Luka Doncic turned the OKC crowd’s “Luka Sucks” chants into a classic “Luka Cooks” game.

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Mavericks hand Thunder first playoff loss, steal Game 2 on road to tie series at 1-1

The Dallas Mavericks registered their first playoff win in Oklahoma City since 2011.

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Mitchell, Cavaliers respond with Game 2 rout over Celtics, even East semis series at 1-1

First playoff win for the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston since 2018.

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'He found a way to get it done': Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau praises Jalen Brunson’s grit in Knicks Game 2 win vs Pacers

Jalen Brunson’s return from injury seemed to make all the difference for the Knicks in Game 2 over the Pacers.

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Brunson bucks injury to lift Knicks past Pacers for 2-0 series lead

The New York Knicks took a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals for the first time since 1999.

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'Group of guys that embrace their roles and try to excel': SGA lauds teammates in Thunder semis opener win vs Mavericks

The last time Oklahoma City started 5-0 in the playoffs, the Thunder went on to the NBA Finals.

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SGA, Thunder draw first blood against Mavericks in West semis opener

The Oklahoma City Thunder raced to their best playoff start since 2012.

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'We expect to win no matter who's with us and who's not': Chris Finch lauds Timberwolves’ iron-clad defense in Game 2 rout of Nuggets

It’s just 2-0. But everything about this series screams — make that howls — in favor of the Wolves.

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Gobert-less Timberwolves put up defensive masterclass over defending champ Nuggets for 2-0 series lead

The Minnesota Timberwolves remain undefeated in this year’s playoffs with a 6-0 record.

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Brunson drops 43, leads gutsy Knicks in win over Pacers for 1-0 East semis lead

Jalen Brunson scored 210 points in his last five playoff games, the most in a five-game span since Michael Jordan in 1993.

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Brown drops 32 in Celtics Game 1 romp of Cavaliers for 1-0 East semis head start

The Boston Celtics recorded their fifth double-digit win in these playoffs alone.

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'I would love to be here long term': Ty Lue stays optimistic on future with Clippers, addresses Lakers coaching gig rumors

The Los Angeles Lakers previously pursued Ty Lue--LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers coach--in 2019 before eventually signing former Frank Vogel.

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'His basketball IQ is like no other': Mavs coach Jason Kidd marvels Kyrie Irving’s 13-0 record in close-out games

From legendary point guard to another, Jason Kidd gives superstar guard Kyrie Irving his flowers following a remarkable close-out game record.

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Mavericks finally solve Clippers puzzle, advance to West semis vs. Thunder

Up next for Luka Donicic, Kyrie Irving and the Dallas Mavericks are SGA and West top seed OKC Thunder.

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Magic survives Mitchell’s 50 points, forces Game 7 vs Cavaliers

There will be a Game 7 back in Cleveland.

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'We are like brothers': ‘Nova’ Knicks Brunson, Hart, DiVincenzo speak on clutch Game 6 win vs 76ers

From Villanova to New York, Jalen Brunson, Josh Hart, and Donte DiVincenzo are hooping like a band of brothers.

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Knicks outlast Sixers in Game 6 thriller, arrange East semis clash with Pacers

The New York Knicks will face the Indiana Pacers in a playoff series for the first time since 2013.

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Pacers spoil Lillard's return, eliminate Bucks to advance to East semis

The Indiana Pacers advance to the East semifinals for the first time since 2014.

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‘I just wanted to keep going’: Doncic shrugs off illness, knee issues with masterful Game 5 performance for Mavericks

Luka Doncic is doing whatever it takes for the Dallas Mavericks to finally break the Los Angeles Clippers’ curse.

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Doncic, Mavericks a win away from West semis after 30-point Game 5 romp of Clippers

The Dallas Mavericks are one game away from returning to the West semifinals for the first time since 2022.

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White pushes Porzingis-less Celtics past Heat to East semifinals

The Boston Celtics will face the winner of the Cleveland Cavaliers-Orlando Magic series.

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Edwards goes for 36, helps Timberwolves move to cusp of West semis with Game 3 romp of Suns

For the first time in franchise history, the Minnesota Timberwolves hold a 3-0 lead in a playoff series.

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Doncic, Mavericks clamp down on defense to frustrate Clippers in chippy Game 3 win

Luka and the Mavericks dunked, defended, and dominated back in the Big D.

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Haliburton completes game-winning three-point play as Pacers outlast Bucks in OT for 2-1 series lead

The Indiana Pacers registered their first home playoff win since 2018.

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‘I’m not a quitter’: After dropping a playoff-high 50 points, Embiid stays resilient amid health issues

Given everything he's endured so far, this has been nothing short of a remarkable run for Embiid, who is carrying his team while pushing himself through health issues such as Bell's Palsy.

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Balanced Nuggets send Lakers to brink of elimination with surging Game 3 win

Defending champions Denver Nuggets are on the verge of sweeping the In-Season Tournament winners, the Los Angeles Lakers. Teams that are up 3-0 in a best-of-7 series are 151-0 all-time.

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Embiid erupts for playoff-high 50, Sixers foil Knicks in much-needed Game 3 win

Joel Embiid became just the third Sixer to record a 50-point game in the playoffs.

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Banchero stars in Magic’s 38-point Game 3 demolition of Cavs

The Orlando Magic registered their first home playoff win in over 13 years.

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‘Why lose belief now?’: Adebayo, Spoelstra speak on stunning Heat Game 2 win in Boston

Time and time again, this Miami Heat team keeps rolling with the punches until they have proven their doubters wrong.

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SGA, Holmgren post playoff-scoring highs in Thunder Game 2 rout of Pelicans

The Oklahoma City Thunder held a 2-0 series lead for the first time since 2013 when the KD-Westbrook tandem was still at the helm.

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Herro, Heat bank on record-shooting to down Celtics, even series at 1-1

The Miami Heat just handed the Boston Celtics their fifth home loss of the season.

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Doncic, Mavs spoil Kawhi’s return, turn back Clippers to tie series at 1-1

First playoff win is in the books for the Luka Doncic-Kyrie Irving pairing for Dallas.

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Siakam erupts for postseason high 37, Pacers steal homecourt advantage from Bucks with Game 2 win

Indiana snapped a 10-game playoff losing streak that began with a heartbreaking Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in their 2018 East first-round series.

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McDaniels drops playoff career-high, powers Timberwolves past error-prone Suns for 2-0 series lead

The Minnesota Timberwolves now hold a 2-0 series lead for the first time since their 2004 West opening round showdown against the Denver Nuggets.

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‘There is playoff Jamal’: Michael Malone marvels at Murray heroics in Nuggets Game 2 comeback vs Lakers

“For those that have been following us for a long time, that’s Jamal Murray right there,” Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone said of his champion point guard.

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Jamal Murray wins it at the buzzer as Nuggets rally past Lakers for 2-0 series lead

Everything went right for the Lakers for the most part, until Jamal Murray happened.

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Mitchell, Cavaliers take care of business at home, hold off Magic for 2-0 lead

The Cavaliers are now up 2-0 in a playoff series for the first time since 2018.

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DiVincenzo caps off wild Knicks Game 2 win vs. Sixers for 2-0 lead

The New York Knicks used a 8-0 run in the final 23 seconds to steal Game 2 from the Philadelphia 76ers in a wild finish.

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Ingram comes up big as Zion-less Pelicans eliminate Kings, to clash with OKC Thunder in West Round 1

Brandon Ingram found his niche just in the nick of time, pushing the New Orleans Pelicans to the playoffs where the West top seed Oklahoma City Thunder await them.

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No Jimmy, no problem: Herro, Heat send Bulls packing anew, to meet Celtics in Round 1

Up next for the Miami Heat is the league-leading Boston Celtics in the opening round, a rematch of last year’s East Finals.

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NBA Playoffs East Preview: Celtics-Heat round 4, Brunson vs. Embiid, Spida takes on Paolo Banchero and more

Boston and Miami meet again, Atlantic and Central Division rivals take center stage in the opening playoff round, and a fresh matchup would likely steal the spotlight in the East coast.

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NBA Playoffs West Preview: Nuggets-Lakers rematch, Ant vs. KD, Luka vs. Clippers, OKC battles Pels and more

OKC faces Brandon, CJ and hard-nosed Pelicans, a West Finals rematch, Ant vs. KD, Luka meeting an old foe in the Clippers and more await in the first round of the NBA Western Conference Playoffs.

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NBA Play-in review: Without Jimmy Butler, undermanned Heat face daunting task of repeating over revenge-seeking Bulls

The Miami Heat’s bid to recapture the 2023 postseason magic starts with the need to replicate their Play-In win vs. the Bulls. And this time, they have to do it without Playoff Jimmy.

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NBA Play-In review: Zion-less Pelicans face uphill battle vs. visiting Kings

If New Orleans wants its season to continue, the Pelicans need to get past the Sacramento Kings without superstar Zion Williamson.

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'I think they're for real': Nick Nurse, Tyrese Maxey brace for ‘physical’ Sixers-Knicks round 1 clash

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Nick Nurse and guard Tyrese Maxey expect a rough and rugged series with Jalen Brunson and the New York Knicks.

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Coby White drops career-high 42, Bulls eliminate Hawks to arrange Play-in rematch with Miami

Thanks to Coby White’s career-night, the Chicago Bulls will run it back with the Miami Heat with the final East playoff spot on the line.

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Embiid, Sixers rally past Heat, to see Knicks in East round 1

Just a day after being named to Team USA’s Olympic-bound team, reigning MVP Joel Embiid led the Philadelphia Sixers to the playoffs. This effectively sets up an opening round clash against Jalen Brunson and the second-seed New York Knicks.

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Kings eliminate Warriors as payback, to face Pelicans for final West playoff spot

The Sacramento Kings get revenge at home, eliminating Golden State and possibly ending the Warriors dynasty in the process.

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Lakers survive 40 from Zion to clinch Playoffs spot, to face Denver in round 1

LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the Los Angeles Lakers meet a familiar foe in the West First round: Nikola Jokic and the defending champion Denver Nuggets.

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NBA Play-In review: James battles Zion; Davis, Ingram face former teams in sizzling Pelicans-Lakers showdown

LeBron James takes on Zion Williamson, while Anthony Davis and Brandon Ingram Ingram face the teams that originally drafted them in this highly-anticipated West Play-In Tournament face-off.

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NBA Play-In review: Curry, Warriors aim to replicate role as ‘royal nightmares’ to Fox, Kings in rematch

Golden State Warriors vs Sacramento Kings. Haven't we done this one before?

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Former teammates Embiid and Butler meet again as Sixers host Heat in East Play-In

If the Miami Heat are hoping to make a repeat appearance in the NBA Finals, they are going to have to get past reigning MVP Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers.

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NBA Play-In Preview: Trae Young, no. 10 Hawks aim to stay Play-In perfect vs DeRozan, no.9 Bulls in Chicago

Believe it or not, Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks hold a perfect 3-0 record in the NBA Play-In Tournament so far since its inception in 2020.

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Pelicans continue hot-shooting on road, nip Warriors to hold on West sixth spot

To finally secure the West's sixth seed, the New Orleans Pelicans need to beat the Los Angeles Lakers in their final regular season game or have the Phoenix Suns lose to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.