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Last year
# edging closer
Celtics beat Heat to reach brink of NBA Finals
Boston are one win away from a first finals appearance since 2010.
# Protest
'We are being held hostage by 50 Senators' - Kerr, LeBron lead sports world fury after school shooting
The Golden State Warriors coach refused to talk about his team’s NBA playoff match with the Dallas Mavericks.
# Boost
Doncic helps Mavs down Warriors to keep series alive
No team in the 75-year history of the NBA has ever come back from 3-0 deficit.
# dem apples
Tatum stars as Celtics rout Heat to square series
It’s back to Florida for Game 5 tomorrow night.
# golden boys
Warriors on brink of NBA Finals return as Curry, Wiggins sink Mavs
The Warriors can finish the job with a win in Dallas on Tuesday.
# getting warmer
Adebayo steps up as Heat battle past Celtics on the road to take series lead
After an injury forced Miami talisman Jimmy Butler out of the game at half-time, Bam Adebayo stepped up with a superb all-round display.
Warriors complete stunning comeback against Dallas to take control of series
The Warriors trailed by 19 points at one stage, but now hold a 2-0 lead ahead of game three.
Tatum scorches Heat as Celtics square series
Jayson Tatum scored 27 points for the Boston Celtics in Game 2.
# Dub Nation
Curry, Warriors outgun Doncic, Mavs in series opener
Curry led the scoring with 21 points, 12 rebounds and four assists.
# Wrap
Mavs and Celtics advance as defending champions Bucks and Suns exit NBA playoffs
Luka Doncic led a stunning Dallas Mavericks rout of the top-seeded Phoenix Sun.
Williams sparks Celtics as Bucks dumped out of NBA playoffs
Tatum also scored 23 points as Boston advanced to a conference finals showdown with the Miami Heat.
# Wrap
Thompson and Curry help Warriors advance in NBA play-offs as Celtics stay alive
The Golden State Warriors will go on to face either the Phoenix Suns or Dallas Mavericks.
# The Heat Is On
Heat beat 76ers to reach NBA East finals, Mavs force game 7 against Suns
The victory in Philadelphia gave Miami a 4-2 triumph in their best-of-seven second-round series against the 76ers.
Miami and Phoenix back on track with blowout wins
The top seeds moved to within one win of the NBA conference finals on Tuesday.
# Hoops
Mavs drill 20 three-pointers to pull level with Suns, Sixers beat Heat
The Suns will try to regain the advantage when they host game five tomorrow.
# Playoffs
NBA: Embiid inspires 76ers to rout of Heat, Mavs see off Suns
Joel Embiid returned from injury to help the 76ers claw back a playoff game.
Chris Paul shines as Suns take command of series with Mavs, Heat burn Sixers again
Western Conference top seeds Phoenix withstood a 35-point performance from Luka Doncic.
# Wrap
Luka Doncic heroics not enough as Mavericks beaten in playoffs
Deandre Ayton scored 25 points for top seeds Phoenix.
# Playoffs
Giannis powers Bucks over Celtics in NBA playoffs
The Greek star delivered a triple-double with 24 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists.
# success
Grizzlies prevail after Wolves collapse again in NBA playoffs
Desmond Bane scored 23 points to inspire a stunning win.
# rising suns
Paul perfection as Suns clinch series, Sixers, Mavs advance
It was an emotional return to New Orleans for Paul.
# Curry and Spice
Curry shines as Warriors advance, Bucks rout Bulls in NBA playoffs
The Warriors will now face either the Memphis Grizzlies or Minnesota Timberwolves in the Western Conference semi-finals.
# NBA Playoffs
Morant sinks Wolves in thriller, depleted Heat down Hawks
The Grizzlies conjured an epic late fightback to stun the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-109.
# Wrap
Nuggets stay alive as Bucks, Heat move one win from advancing in NBA playoffs
Last year’s MVP Nikola Jokic led the way for Denver with 37 points.
# Hoops
Brooklyn on the brink as Boston Celtics dominate Nets with 3-0 play-off lead
The Toronto Raptors stayed alive while the Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves also pulled level.
Siakam powers Raptors over Sixers to avoid NBA sweep
The 76ers still lead the Raptors 3-1 in the best-of-seven first round series.
# Wrap
Hawks hold off Heat, Bucks thrash Bulls in NBA playoffs
Trae Young delivered the game-winner for Atlanta.
Sixers win on Embiid stunner as Celtics rally but Bucks fall
Embiid scored a game-high 33 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds as the visiting Sixers rallied from a 17-point deficit to seize a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
# Sun Down
Pelicans shock Suns in NBA playoffs while Heat, Grizzlies win
Pelicans level series against the Suns ahead of game three in New Orleans.
# Wrap
Brunson's 41 leads Mavs over Utah as Warriors and Sixers win in NBA playoffs
In other playoff games, the Philadelphia 76ers seized a 2-0 series lead by beating Toronto 112-97 and Golden State ripped Denver 126-106 for a 2-0 series edge.
# game 1
Warriors take Curry's return while Jazz and Sixers also win NBA playoff openers
‘It was nice to just be out there with my guys,’ said Curry after Golden State’s Game 1 victory.
Hawks, Pelicans book final NBA playoff berths
The Hawks erased a double-digit halftime deficit in the play-in contest to line up a first-round series with Eastern Conference top seeds Miami.
# Golden State of Mind
Steph Curry 'very optimistic' that he'll win fitness race for Warriors' playoff opener
The Warriors opener their series against Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.
Hawks sting Hornets, Pelicans sink Spurs
Atlanta will now face Cleveland in the final round of the play-in tournament on Friday, where a place in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs will be up for grabs.
# play-in tournament
Kyrie Irving delivers near-flawless display for Brooklyn to set-up playoff showdown with Boston
He dropped 34 points and 12 assists to fire the Brooklyn Nets into the NBA playoffs.
# Out the door
LA Lakers sack head coach after failure to reach NBA playoffs
Frank Vogel has paid the price for a disappointing season.
# nothing but nets
Irving and Durant hold off Pacers' rally to seal Nets' home advantage for play-in
Elsewhere, there was a bizarre cameo appearance by Jrue Holiday in the Bucks’ loss to Cleveland.
# Sportswriting
The first NBA player with MS and the rest of the week's best sportswriting
A selection of various pieces that caught our eye this week.
# Setback
LeBron James' season is over
The crisis-hit NBA giants confirmed the news on Friday.
Sixers, Celtics losses seal Miami top spot
The Celtics were outgunned 127-121 by the Bucks in Milwaukee while the Raptors edged out Philadelphia 119-114 in Toronto.