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The Raptors have often conspired with their playoff opponents to turn each series into what can charitably be described as a rock fight. Hard-scrabble play, messy execution, a lot of missed shots — Toronto has seen some ugly post-season basketball over the past few years. It’s what made this series with the Philadelphia 76ers so frustrating to watch after Game 1. We knew this iteration of the Raptors could be better.

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What a win.

The Denver Nuggets, mirroring their series against the San Antonio Spurs, win Game 5 against the Portland Trail Blazers 124-98 to take a 3-2 series lead. Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap were excellent in this one. Jokic posted 25 points, 19 rebounds, and six assists before fouling out late in the blowout. Millsap, not to be outdone, added 24 points, eight rebounds, two assists, a steal, and two blocks of his own. Denver held Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum reasonably quiet, as the duo scored just 34 points on 37 field goal attempts tonight.

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The Houston Rockets got a much-needed victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 and they carried over that momentum into a Game 4 victory as they held off the Warriors, 112-108, to tie the series at two games apiece.

Game 4 came down to the wire as Houston had to survive a pair of great looks from beyond the arc from Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry in the last 11 seconds of the game with the Rockets clinging to a 111-108 lead to preserve their victory.

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BOSTON (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 39 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Bucks to a 113-101 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of their second-round playoff series on Monday night and move Milwaukee within one win from its first trip to the Eastern Conference finals since 2001.

The Bucks have won three straight since losing the opener of the best-of-seven series at home. They can eliminate the Celtics in Game 5 at home on Wednesday night and reach the East finals for the first time since the ’01 team of Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson fell to Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson and Dikembe Motumbo in seven games.

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As the clock wound down on Game 4 in Philadelphia, ABC’s Mark Jones started to work his way through the superlatives over a Kawhi Leonard highlight reel. Starting with “magisterial” and ending somewhere related to “unstoppable”, he managed to sum up the general mood around Leonard as it relates to Raptors fans. To put it simply — there hasn’t been a player like him in the history of the franchise.

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The Golden State Warriors are reportedly bracing for the end of their era of supremacy, according to a bombshell report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The veteran journalist reported on Tuesday morning (AEST) the general feeling across the league is that the team will lose at least one of its stars this off-season with both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson both looking for new deals.

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In a monumental matchup between two Eastern Conference contenders, the Milwaukee Bucksoutlasted the Boston Celtics, 123-116.

The first half was a, in a word, slugfest. Both teams fought tooth and nail, and Milwaukee entered halftime down only one point. Then a huge third quarter (40-31) pushed the Bucks up by eight points, and a strangely friendly whistle in the early portion of the fourth quarter allowed Milwaukee to maintain a decent lead, and a late game quasi-comeback in the form of an 8-0 run within 2 minutes from Boston took things to the final margin.

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