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Giannis propels Bucks past Celtics

The Boston Celtics closed to within two points with six minutes left in the fourth, but Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in eight of his game-high 31 points to defeat the Boston Celtics and lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a Game 6 victory.

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Bucks beat Celtics to force Game 7

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 14 rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks pulled away late to beat the Boston Celtics 97-86 on Thursday night to force a Game 7 in the first-round series.

Greek Freak drops defender with sick Eurostep

Giannis Antetokounmpo shows off his athleticism in transition, dropping Semi Ojeleye to the floor on a Eurostep and finishing at the rim.

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Warriors

Curry-less Dubs march into Round 2

How Durant, Warriors have adjusted without Curry

The Warriors have made modifications to their offense without Steph Curry. How will the team adjust when he returns?

Stephen A.: Durant vs. Davis 'must-see TV'

Stephen A. Smith is looking forward to the playoff matchup between Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis.

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Mohamed Bamba

Bamba on potential end to the one-and-done era

Former Texas center Mohamed Bamba joins The Jump and discusses how going straight to the NBA from high school would have taken his game to the next level.

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Cavaliers

LeBron buzzer-beater secures 3-2 lead

LeBron caps classic performance with epic buzzer-beater

The Cavaliers needed every one of their star's 44 points to earn a Game 5 win over the Pacers and put Indiana on the brink of elimination.

Kellerman: LeBron's experience makes up for athletic slip

Max Kellerman says even though LeBron James is not a defensive machine like he once was, he compensates for it with his "wisdom and experience."

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LeBron calls game on Pacers

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Thunder

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Westbrook, George breathe life into OKC with huge comeback

Down 25 in the third quarter, the Thunder looked as if they had given up. But Russell Westbrook and Paul George would have none of it.

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Westbrook sinks clutch jumper

Russell Westbrook pulls up for a midrange jumper and knocks it down to extend the Thunders' lead late in the game.

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Raptors

Raptors lead Wizards 3-2

Raptors learned their lesson, rebound with Game 5 win

Toronto's offense flowed more smoothly as the Raptors took the series lead, but can they keep it up and finish off the Wizards?

Wall: 'We love our chances' at forcing Game 7

The Wizards must win Game 6 at home on Friday against the Raptors to keep their season alive, a feat John Wall said his team can accomplish.

Lowry bowls over Oubre for layup to delight of Drake

Kyle Lowry muscles his way into the lane and finishes with a layup.

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Powell: Will 'Melo's last stand be sitting?

Watch: LeBron James' career playoff buzzer-beaters

The Starters: Are Sixers new favorites in the East?

NBA Draft

Tracking the ins, outs and other news

NBA draft tracker: Who's in, and who's testing?

Who has declared for the 2018 NBA draft, and who's testing the waters? We're tracking the prospects in our Top 100 rankings.

Sources: NBA, PA focus on draft age minimum

Conversations between the NBA and National Basketball Players Association regarding the one-and-done entry rule have centered on lowering the minimum age requirement, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

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Expert opinion

Lowe: What the Thunder and Wolves need to do to survive

OKC and Minnesota have tough roads ahead. Zach Lowe highlights their problems so far and the key things to watch going forward.

NBA playoff MVPs: Ranking the 10 best players in Round 1

These 10 players have done more than anyone else to carry their teams in the first round.

Everything that happened in the NBA playoffs on Wednesday

A buzzer-beater. A 25-point comeback. A team moving on to the second round. Wednesday's NBA playoff action had everything, and we have it all here.

76ers

News and Insights

Sixers ready to take next step in 'The Process'

Two years removed from one of the worst seasons in NBA history, Philly is moving on in the playoffs -- and thinking big.

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Out of prison, Meek Mill sees 76ers clinch series

Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill, was released from prison Tuesday and then attended the Sixers' series-clinching Game 5 victory over the Heat.

Embiid celebrates win with Kevin Hart

Joel Embiid picks up Kevin Hart into his arms prior to telling ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, "I think we have a chance to go to the [NBA] Finals."

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NBA Playoffs recaps

25 April Round 1 reports, stats and facts

Warriors beat Spurs, book date with Pelicans

The Golden State Warriors secure a 4-1 series win over the San Antonio Spurs to move into the second round of the playoffs, where they'll face the Pelicans.

Believe it! 76ers roll with Meek Mill past Heat

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons shined again in front of rapper Meek Mill, ushered the nightmares-into-dreams Process of the Philadelphia 76ers into the second round.

Horford, Smart lift Celtics over Bucks

Al Horford had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Marcus Smart made an impact in his first game since mid-March and the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks.

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The playoffs' movers and shakers

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are owning the moment for Boston

The Celtics' dynamic rookie/sophomore duo is altering Boston's playoff road map with performances rivaling early-OKC Durant and Westbrook.

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Lowe: Do Anthony Davis and the Pelicans still need DeMarcus Cousins?

Cousins will be a free agent this summer. Zach Lowe examines how Pelicans' postseason success his future.

Kawhi Leonard is not the villain in this situation with Spurs

Based on what we know publicly, criticism of the All-Star forward seems unwarranted.

NBA Draft

Who's Leaving College? Who's Staying?

NBA's early-entry list shatters mark with 236

Likely lottery picks Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley III were among the record 236 players on the NBA's official early-entry list, a significant leap from last year's total of 182.

NBA lottery machine: Mock draft for every scenario

Feeling lucky? ESPN Insider Jonathan Givony breaks down more than 2,000 lottery scenarios. See what happens if your team wins No. 1.

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NBA draft tracker: Who's in, and who's testing?

Who has declared for the 2018 NBA draft, and who's testing the waters? We're tracking the prospects in our Top 100 rankings.

NBA Insights

Iverson: 76ers' 'time is now'

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Stephen A.: Carmelo 'looks bad'

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Durant too distracted by social media?

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Jalen: Westbrook got humbled by Rubio

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Jazz vs. Thunder

Rubio gets better of Westbrook in Game 4

Thunder on the brink of elimination after Jazz rout them in Game 4

Russell Westbrook succeeded in his personal goal of shutting down Ricky Rubio, but he picked up four first-half fouls in the process as OKC quickly came undone.

Westbrook on Rubio: 'It's not about me or him'

Russell Westbrook explains that he is ready to get past the talk of him versus Ricky Rubio.

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Rubio on Westbrook's comments: 'We're here to win games'

After winning Game 4, Ricky Rubio expresses how it feels to win in the playoffs and how impressed he is with Donovan Mitchell.

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Timberwolves vs. Rockets

Harden and co's 50-point quarter caps off Game 4

Rockets take off for 50-point quarter vs. Wolves

The Rockets romped to a 50-point third quarter in a Game 4 victory against the Wolves, falling one point shy of the most scored by one team in a postseason quarter.

Harden: 'We wanted to be aggressive' in 2nd half

James Harden explains how the Rockets wanted to be aggressive on both sides of the ball in the second half to gain a lead over Minnesota.

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Gordon caps off Houston's 50-point quarter with buzzer-beater

Eric Gordon beats the third-quarter buzzer with a 3-pointer, giving the Rockets 50 points in the frame.

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Mitchell focused on task at hand, not records

Donovan Mitchell explains that even though he is honored to set another rookie record, he maintains his focus on Game 5.

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Mitchell scores 33, Jazz rout Thunder

Donovan Mitchell scored 33 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 113-96 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night.

Harden, Rockets soar past Wolves

James Harden gave Houston quite the jump-start with 22 of the team's 50 points in the third quarter, as the Rockets cruised past the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Wait over: Embiid says 76ers' time is now

All-Star center Joel Embiid knows the Sixers have a bright future, but he thinks the team can make waves in the present.

76ers taking 'The Process' to the next round

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76ers take first-round series against Heat

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Simmons ignites crowd with alley-oop to Embiid

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Coach Brown gets soaked in chocolate milk

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Simmons says Sixers can go 'as far as we want'

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Embiid celebrates win with Kevin Hart

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Meek Mill enjoys his freedom at 76ers' game

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Wade is 'long time away' from retirement decision

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Kevin Hart, Meek Mill appreciates Redick's 3-pointer

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Dragic smacks Simmons upside the head

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Ilyasova finds Simmons for the alley-oop

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Embiid rises up for two-handed hammer

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Simmons threads the needle with no-look pass

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Simmons finds a lane for big dunk

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Meek Mill rings the bell

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NBA Talking Points

April 23 Post-action News and Insights

Hold that panic button: Cavs' role players step up to help LeBron and tie series with Pacers

The Pacers once again rallied from a double-digit deficit, but this time around the Cavs made enough plays down the stretch to hold on and even the series at 2-2.

Aldridge, Ginobili lift Spurs to win to keep season alive

After three games of dreadful 3-point shooting, the Spurs started sinking shots, putting an end to a late Warriors run and staving off elimination.

Aldridge banks in crazy turnaround 3 over Draymond

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Cavaliers

News and Insights

LeBron says he should 'know better' than to receive tech

LeBron James says that it's important for him to remember his importance to the team and try to channel that when Lance Stephenson baits him.

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Cavs downplay effects of Pacers' Stephenson

The Cavaliers insist Lance Stephenson's antics won't influence their focus after run-ins with the Pacers guard in Sunday's 104-100 win, which tied their series at 2-2. "It's not worth it to give that extra energy to him," Cavs forward Jeff Green said.

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April 23 Reports, stats and facts

Cavaliers win at Indiana to even series at 2

LeBron James scored 32 points and combined with Kyle Korver for all but two of Cleveland's final 13 points as the Cavaliers escaped with a 104-100 victory.

Ginobili, Aldridge help Spurs beat Warriors

Manu Ginobili scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter of what could have been his final home game with the Spurs, and San Antonio beat the Warriors.

Giannis gets putback to go in closing seconds

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Rockets

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D'Antoni, Harden: Rockets lack rhythm, in rut

James Harden agreed with coach Mike D'Antoni's assessment that Rockets are out of rhythm. Said Harden: "It's been a long time" since the team was really clicking.

Harden: Playing hard the answer to breaking rut

James Harden responds to coach Mike D'Antoni being concerned about the Rockets losing their rhythm after clinching the No. 1 overall seed.

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April 21 Games

Young 76ers turn mishaps against Heat into a 3-1 lead

For three quarters, the Sixers were giving away a playoff game on the road. But then they grew up in the fourth quarter -- and now go home up 3-1.

Embiid passes right to Wade for dunk

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Mitchell pulls the Shammgod crossover

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Harden cruises for hammer dunk

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Rockets

Capela, Swiss-born Angolan-Congolese, in the spotlight

Clint Capela is Houston's secret ingredient

We joined the Rocket's big man and resident Francophile for a test of his culinary skills and to find out what he's stirring up for the playoffs.

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Capela could be front and center during playoffs

Unheralded big man who helped Houston to league's best record is coming off dominant performance in opener.

Joel Embiid

Cameroonian's return inspires 76ers

The Joel Effect

Joel Embiid made his return from injury in Game 3 and his defensive impact made quite the difference for the 76ers in the win.

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Embiid calls playing with mask 'annoying'

Joel Embiid talks about his return to the court, crediting his teammates for holding it down, and playing with a mask on.

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Embiid: 'I'm going to be a nightmare' for Heat

In his return after missing three weeks because of an orbital fracture and a concussion, Sixers center Joel Embiid had 23 points in Philadelphia's 128-108 Game 3 win over the Miami Heat on Thursday.

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NBA Playoff Memories

That time former NBA All-Star Carlos Boozer almost sued Prince

A hair salon, a dance floor and a heart-shaped bed - what else did Prince manage to squeeze into Boozer's home?

When Prince sat courtside at Thunder-Warriors game

Draymond Green: 'When he walked in, no one's attention was on the game anymore.

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Playoff Memories: Sampson sends Rockets to the Finals

May 21, 1986. With one second remaining, Ralph Sampson of the Houston Rockets hit a game winning shot to send them to the Finals at the expense of the Lakers.

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NBA

How did Donovan Mitchell turn into Utah's go-to scorer? Check the tape

Take an exclusive look inside the film room with Donovan Mitchell and Jazz coach Quin Snyder as the duo breaks down the Rookie of the Year contender's rapid rise.

DeRozan shows form that could take Raptors a long way

With an offensive performance that left the Wizards dazed, DeMar DeRozan displayed everything he and Toronto can be.

Rozier and Maker get T'd up after Rozier's 3

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Bucks

News and Insights

Bledsoe does not know who Rozier is

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Bucks' Bledsoe on matchup vs. Rozier: 'Who?'

Boston's Terry Rozier torched the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2 of their playoff series Tuesday night, but Milwaukee guard Eric Bledsoe was dismissive of Rozier and his performance afterward.

NBA Coaching Ins and Outs

Tracking the coaching merry-go-round

Sources: Budenholzer, Suns meet to talk job

The Suns and Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer have met over the last two days to discuss their head coaching position, sources tell ESPN.

Stephen A. is a 'Mark Jackson guy' for Knicks

Stephen A. Smith says the Knicks' culture is so bad that they need a coach like Mark Jackson who can give the organization a new face.

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Knicks have no interest in JVG, sources say

Despite being the last coach to lead the Knicks to a conference title, New York isn't interested in hiring Jeff Van Gundy, sources tell ESPN.

NBA Sneaker Style

Picking out the best of the best

ance Stephenson vying for 'Sneaker King of NBA' title

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Which NBA player had the best kicks of the 2017-18 regular season?

Players around the league, from stars like LeBron James and Stephen Curry to role players like PJ Tucker and Montrezl Harrell, stepped up their sneaker game in a big way this season.

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