LeBron James and Anthony Davis were both named in the All-NBA First Team on Wednesday as the Los Angeles Lakers prepare to face the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals.

The All-NBA selections were announced as the playoffs hot up in Orlando, although the Lakers duo were the only remaining members of the First Team.

James and Davis were joined by James Harden, whose Houston Rockets they beat in the second round, along with reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic.

MVP candidates James and Antetokounmpo were both unanimous votes.

The Los Angeles Clippers' Kawhi Leonard and playoff nemesis Nikola Jokic headlined the Second Team. Jokic led the Nuggets past the Clippers on Tuesday to complete another remarkable series fightback.

Damian Lillard was also included after carrying the Portland Trail Blazers into the postseason, alongside veteran Chris Paul, who impressed following his trade from the Rockets to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Pascal Siakam - disappointing in the playoffs for defending champions the Toronto Raptors - made up the selection.

Meanwhile, in the Third Team, the Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum and the Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler are both still alive as Eastern Conference Finals opponents.

Russell Westbrook, part of the Paul trade, got recognition, too, and was joined by Rudy Gobert and Ben Simmons, the latter ending the season injured.

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic has been fined $15,000 for throwing the ball at the legs of a game official in Sunday's 111-97 defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The reigning Rookie of the Year caught referee Bill Kennedy on the baseline immediately after being whistled for an offensive foul in the third quarter of Game 6.

The incident drew a technical foul and Doncic has now been hit with a financial punishment, as confirmed by NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe on Wednesday.

The contest was a highly-charged affair and Doncic is not alone in being fined, with Clippers forward Marcus Morris ordered to pay $35,000 for "recklessly striking" the Slovenian.

Morris caught Doncic as he was driving to the basket in the first quarter, sending his opponent to the floor after catching him in the face.

The NBA has fined Morris more than the normal amount as he has already been disciplined on several prior occasions for physical altercations on the court.

The Clippers' 4-2 series victory over Dallas set up a Western Conference semi-final with the Denver Nuggets on Thursday at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Luka Doncic will take a leaf out of the books of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird and add a new crinkle to his game next season, according to Rick Carlisle.

The Dallas Mavericks' season came to an end on Sunday as the Los Angeles Clippers secured a 111-97 victory to win their first-round playoff series 4-2.

The fact they pushed one of the favourites to six games owed much to Doncic, who averaged 31 points, 9.8 rebounds and 8.7 assists during a stellar series at the end of his second year in the NBA.

"He's one of the toughest players that I've ever seen in this league, and that goes back 35 or 36 years," Mavericks coach Carlisle told reporters.

"He is a great young player that's getting better each year. He's Rookie of the Year last year, this year's up for Most Improved [Player]. I'd like to know if that's ever happened before.

"I expect that he'll come back next year even better with something new in his game. The same way that [Larry] Bird and Magic [Johnson] and [Michael] Jordan, all those great players did every summer. Now, it's going to be a fall whenever we reconvene as a league again.

"But he has an irrepressible enthusiasm for the game, for his team-mates and for winning.

"Today it was hard getting him out of the game. Second half we didn't do it until the very end.

"We're so fortunate to have him and now we've got to get our roster completely healthy and keep working to get the right players around him."

When that was put to Doncic, the Slovenian said he would spend the offseason trying to hone his shooting.

Doncic averaged 28.8 points in 2019-20 regular season – the sixth-best total in the league – up from 21.2 in his rookie season.

"There's a lot of things to improve on," he admitted.

"You cannot work just on one thing, you've got to work on everything. But I think I'll especially work on my shooting – that's my key."

Despite the disappointment of a first-round exit in the post-season, Doncic was pleased with how hard the Mavs pushed the Clippers.

"A great season," he added when asked to sum up the campaign. "I'm proud of our team, how we fight. I think we fight until the end.

"The Clippers have an amazing team. It was hard but I think we give everything. We played especially hard in the playoffs and I'm proud of our guys."

The Boston Celtics drew first blood against defending champions the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference second-round series.

Boston were too strong for Toronto, winning 112-94 at Walt Disney World Resort in the NBA playoffs on Sunday.

Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart posted 21 points apiece, while Kemba Walker put up 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who swept the Philadelphia 76ers and never trailed against the Raptors.

On a tough day for the Raptors, Kyle Lowry led the team with 17 points in Orlando, Florida.

Game 2 between the Celtics and Raptors is on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers booked their spot in the Western Conference semi-finals after accounting for the Dallas Mavericks 111-97.

Kawhi Leonard's 33 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and five steals helped seal a 4-2 series victory for the Clippers.

Leonard became the first player in franchise history to have at least 30 points and five steals in a postseason game.

Luka Doncic's 38 points, nine rebounds and nine assists were not enough for the eliminated Mavericks.

The Clippers will face either the Denver Nuggets or Utah Jazz in the west.


Murray's half-century forces Game 7

Another big performance from Jamal Murray helped the Nuggets level their series with the Jazz at 3-3 after prevailing 119-107 in Game 6. Murray finished with 50 points to force a deciding showdown.

Per STATS, Murray is the second player in NBA history to have back-to-back 40-point games to force a Game 7 after being 3-1 down. The other was LeBron James in the 2016 Finals.

Jazz star Mitchell scored 44 points in the losing effort. Per STATS, it marked the fourth time this series Mitchell and Murray have posted 30-plus points in the same game. The only other pair of opposing players in NBA history to achieve the feat in the same series were James and Gilbert Arena in 2006.


Williams struggles

While the Clippers advanced, it was a tough outing for Lou Williams. He was just one of nine from the field and missed all four of his three-point efforts for five points.

Clippers team-mate Paul George also made just six of 19 from the field. The All-Star was two of seven from beyond the arc as he finished with 15 points in 40 minutes of action.

Dallas' Trey Burke struggled. In 35 minutes, Burke was two of 10 from the field and 0 of two for six points.

The Raptors were poor from three-point range. Toronto shot just 25 per cent on 10-for-40 shooting against Boston.


Williams windmill

After Smart's steal, Robert Williams III nailed this dunk for the Celtics.


Sunday's results

Boston Celtics 112-94 Toronto Raptors
Los Angeles Clippers 111-97 Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets 119-107 Utah Jazz


Heat face Bucks

The Miami Heat and the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks will open their Eastern Conference second-round series on Monday.

Doc Rivers hailed Kawhi Leonard after the Los Angeles Clippers star helped lead the team into the second round of the NBA playoffs.

Leonard posted a double-double as the Clippers defeated the Dallas Mavericks 111-97 to seal a 4-2 series win in the Western Conference on Sunday.

A two-time champion after guiding the Toronto Raptors to their first title last season, Leonard finished with 33 points and 14 rebounds in Game 6 at Walt Disney World Resort.

And Clippers head coach Rivers heaped praise on two-time Finals MVP Leonard following his exploits against the Mavericks in the opening-round series.

"Kawhi was phenomenal throughout this whole series," Rivers told reporters. "I thought he was dominant and then PG picked it up greatly after the first two games.

"But there's so many other little things that guys -- I thought that Marcus [Morris Sr.] throughout was not only just a good player but he was an instigator. [Ivica] Zubac had the playoff of his life. [Landry] Shamet and Reggie [Jackson] makes big shots. I liked how we looked in that way; that other guys contributed."

Leonard had his fifth consecutive game with 30-plus points for the Clippers, who will face either the Utah Jazz or Denver Nuggets in the next round.

He also recorded seven assists and five steals as the Clippers eliminated Luka Doncic and the Mavericks – becoming the first player in franchise history to post at least 30 points and five steals in a playoff clash.

Rivers added: "You can tell he was the one guy that shoots to close out a series. He [Leonard] was calm. He got us in place.

"You know, during games you fall on a set and we fell on that low elbow set for him. We just took what was there. They didn't come; he scored. If they came, he made the right pass.

"I said it before the game, I think I was talking to P.J. Carlesimo and I was telling him, the one thing I didn't know -- I knew he could pass and I knew he may be a good passer. I didn't know he was an elite passer, and that's something you don't know until you coach a guy."

The Clippers managed to see off the Mavericks, despite a game-high 38 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

"This is playoff basketball and everything is not going to go your way," Leonard said. "You're going to have downs and ups. Just got to keep playing."

Looking ahead in the postseason, Leonard added: "Just got to focus. That's what we got to do. Less mistakes for sure, and more execution."

"It's one step closer to where we want to get to, so it's a good accomplishment that we got through the first round, now we enjoy it tonight and we get ready for the next thing tomorrow [Monday]," he said.

Dallas Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis has been ruled out of the remainder of the first-round NBA playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Porzingis has not played since Game 3 due to an injury, now revealed to be a lateral meniscus tear of his right knee.

The former New York Knicks star suffered the setback in Game 1, the Mavs said, an opening defeat from which Porzingis was controversially ejected.

"Further treatment options are being explored at this time," a statement read.

The Clippers have a 3-2 lead through five games, with Luka Doncic left to bear the weight of the team while struggling with a fitness concern of his own, sparkling in a dramatic Game 4 win.

Game 6, with Porzingis absent, is set for Sunday after the NBA agreed a restart following the postponement of midweek games amid protests against police brutality and racial inequality.

Porzingis averaged 20.4 points and 9.5 rebounds across 57 regular-season games this season.

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George starred as the Los Angeles Clippers routed the Dallas Mavericks 154-111 in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round matchup.

Paul George conceded he is "having a hard time" in the Los Angeles Clippers' first-round series against the Dallas Mavericks.

Six-time All-Star George went 3-of-14 shooting, including 1-of-7 from three-point range, providing just nine points as the Clippers lost 135-133 in overtime to a Luka Doncic-inspired Mavericks, who levelled the Western Conference series at 2-2.

George, who once referred to himself as 'Playoff P' due to his ability to deliver in the postseason, has the lowest effective field-goal percentage (34.8 per cent) of any player to have taken at least 50 shots in these playoffs.

"I've just got to stay with it. It's a marathon, man, I've got to stay with it," George told reporters.

"I thought early on I got a rhythm and then towards the third quarter there was a stretch where I just got out of rhythm and I was trying to find it.

"It was tough, it's just tough for me right now.

"It's hard to say because I'm getting the looks, the shots. The floor is open, the defenders aren't great, but I'm just having a hard time finding the ball through right now."

Former Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder star George was brought to LA last offseason, pairing with 2019 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard to give the Clippers a duo thought capable of challenging for a championship.

Yet George is not living up to that level, with Doncic - who sunk a buzzer-beating three-pointer in a 43-point display on Sunday - stealing the limelight for the Mavs instead.

"If I make shots this series could be a little different. And that's obvious, of course," George added.

"That's what it comes down to. But give them credit, they are playing well. They are shooting the ball.

"Luka is playing phenomenal. You've got to give credit where credit's due. But to be honest, in hindsight, if I shoot the ball better this series would be a lot different."

Leonard, who led the Clippers with 32 points, is confident that George's time will come in these playoffs.

Asked what advice he would give his team-mate, Leonard replied: "Just telling him to keep going, his time is coming.

"He missed some easy looks tonight but it's not his fault, everybody did.

"We were up big in the second quarter and everybody has a part in winning a basketball game."

Luka Doncic produced a stunning moment of magic to help the Dallas Mavericks outlast the Los Angeles Clippers 135-133 in overtime in Game 4 of their Western Conference first-round series.

With the Mavericks trailing 133-132 and staring at a 3-1 deficit in the NBA playoffs, Doncic called game as the reigning Rookie of the Year nailed a buzzer-beating three in OT on Sunday.

A game-time decision due to a left ankle injury, Doncic put fitness issues aside to see the Mavericks dramatically level the series at 2-2 in Orlando, Florida.

Doncic became the youngest player in NBA playoffs history to post a 40-point triple-double as he finished with 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists.

It was the 21-year-old's second successive triple-double ahead of Game 5 against the Clippers at Walt Disney World Resort.

Kawhi Leonard's 32 points were not enough for the Clippers, while Lou Williams led the team's scorers with 36.

Defending champions the Toronto Raptors flexed their muscles in a 150-122 victory over the Brooklyn Nets as they recorded a sweep in the Eastern Conference first round.

Toronto's bench contributed 100 points, the most in any game since official starters began being tracked in 1970-71 – Norman Powell (29) and Serge Ibaka (27) leading the way.

The Raptors will face the Boston Celtics in the second round after the latter swept the Philadelphia 76ers 4-0 via a 110-106 success.


Mitchell makes history

Donovan Mitchell became the first player in NBA history to have two games with 50-plus points and five-plus assists in a single postseason as the Utah Jazz trumped the Denver Nuggets 129-127. Mitchell scored 18 of his 51 points in the fourth quarter to help the Jazz take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference matchup.

Nuggets star Jamal Murray also put up 50 points in the losing effort. Murray and Mitchell are the first pair of players to register 50-plus points each in a non-overtime game since Wilt Chamberlain (63) and Elgin Baylor (51) in 1962, per STATS.

It was a huge night for the Raptors. Not only did they become the first team in postseason history to score 500-plus points in a series sweep (505), Toronto also became the first playoff franchise to have 150-plus points to cap a series whitewash.

Kemba Walker's 32 points and a double-double of 28 points and 15 rebounds from Jayson Tatum fuelled the Boston Celtics. Joel Embiid was a shining light for the 76ers with 30 points and 10 rebounds.


Sixers' swift exit, George struggles

It was a day to forget for the 76ers. It marked the first sweep at the hands of the Celtics in 15 playoff series meetings. Philadelphia have also failed to progress beyond the second round in three consecutive seasons.

The Jazz won but Joe Ingles was scoreless. Usually a threat from beyond the arc, Ingles missed all three of his three-point attempts. The Australian was also 0 for four from the field in 35 minutes.

Paul George's struggles continued against the Mavericks. He was just three of 14 from the floor and one of seven from beyond the arc for nine points in 45 minutes.


Doncic's Euro step

The Slovenian star was at his brilliant best, including this move to the rim.


Sunday's results

Boston Celtics 110-106 Philadelphia 76ers
Dallas Mavericks 135-133 Los Angeles Clippers (OT)
Toronto Raptors 150-122 Brooklyn Nets
Utah Jazz 129-127 Denver Nuggets


Lakers face Trail Blazers

After his mammoth display in Game 3, LeBron James will look to help the Los Angeles Lakers take a 3-1 lead against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday.

Luka Doncic revelled in "one of the best feelings" of his career after leading the Dallas Mavericks past the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 4 of the NBA playoffs.

Doncic hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer in overtime to see the Mavericks edge the Clippers 135-133 on Sunday, bringing the Western Conference first-round series level at 2-2.

After the incredible game-winner, the guard's team-mates ran towards him to celebrate.

Doncic, 21, said it was a special moment, the reigning Rookie of the Year telling reporters: "I was just trying to make it.

"I can't explain the emotions I had not only when the ball goes in, [but] when I see the whole team running towards me, that was something special, one of the best feelings I've ever had as a player and just something special.

"This team is something special."

Doncic was under an injury cloud after hurting his ankle during Game 3.

The Slovenian ended up posting a triple-double of 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists despite not being at full fitness.

"The guys you don't hear about behind [the scenes] did an amazing job with me yesterday, we were working on it the whole day, they were helping me the whole time, whatever I needed," Doncic said.

"Obviously it wasn't 100 per cent but I think it was good."

Doncic became the first player with 43-plus points, 17-plus rebounds and 13-plus assists in a playoff game in NBA history, as per the Mavs.

The only player to manage those numbers in a regular-season game was Wilt Chamberlain in 1968.

Doc Rivers praised the composure of Kawhi Leonard after the Los Angeles Clippers star guided his team into a 2-1 series lead over the Dallas Mavericks.

Leonard shone in a 130-122 victory for the Clippers in Game 3 as they edged ahead in the Western Conference first-round battle.

His performance yielded 36 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and coach Rivers stressed it was the clear mind of the two-time NBA Finals MVP that proved telling.

"He's just smart," Rivers said. "He kind of sees the game, it's amazing.

"That was a fast-paced game, but for Kawhi … he can see the game. Even though it's fast and he goes fast, he's never in a rush and he knows where to go.

"I thought his playmaking was incredible.

"Obviously his scoring, his defence, but I thought his playmaking set the tone for everybody else."

Less effective was Paul George, the Clippers guard who shot just 3-for-16 and admitted he is susceptible to such off-nights.

George said, quoted by ESPN: "I'm no James Harden. That's not my knack ... to just shoot the ball, score the ball. I can and I pride myself on being effective on both ends.

"But there's going to be nights like this where I just can't make a shot, and I can't allow that to affect my game."

It was a second straight game where George has struggled to put points on the board, but Rivers said: "I'm not worried about it.

"He's a great player. He's human. I can guarantee you this, he has not forgotten how to shoot. It will fall for him."

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic insisted his ankle injury was "not that bad" after a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Doncic sprained his ankle in the third quarter of the 130-122 defeat in Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round series on Friday.

The guard briefly returned before being forced off, finishing with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as the Mavs fell 2-1 behind in the series.

Doncic insisted the setback was not serious, but he will undergo an MRI on Saturday.

"I mean I saw the video. I don't know how it happened, but it's not that bad," he told a news conference.

"Honestly, I had luck it's my left ankle, it's not my right so, it's a little sprain.

"We'll know more tomorrow."

Doncic was unsure whether he would be available for the Mavericks in Game 4 on Sunday.

The Slovenian said he felt restricted after returning to the court.

"I just wanted to get in you know. I know we still had a chance to win, help my team-mates, but obviously I could run a little bit, but I couldn't push off my left leg," Doncic said.

"It was better to go out and let somebody play."

Doncic, 21, became the third-youngest player to record a triple-double in the playoffs, behind only Magic Johnson and LeBron James.

The Los Angeles Clippers took the lead in their series against the Dallas Mavericks, while the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors are 3-0 up.

Kawhi Leonard starred as the Clippers posted a 130-122 win over the Mavericks.

Leonard finished with 36 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as the Clippers grabbed a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference first-round series.

Mavs star Luka Doncic had a triple-double of 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, but also suffered an ankle injury.

Meanwhile, Kristaps Porzingis managed a double-double of 34 points and 13 rebounds, going 11-of-18 from the field for Dallas.

The Celtics and Raptors are each one win away from setting up an Eastern Conference semi-final.

Boston moved into a 3-0 lead over the Philadelphia 76ers thanks to a 102-94 win, while the Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 117-92 to be a victory away from advancing.


Kemba lifts Celtics, special Siakam

Kemba Walker had 24 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the Celtics' victory.

The 76ers are on the verge of a first-round exit, but Joel Embiid finished with a double-double of 30 points and 13 rebounds.

Pascal Siakam's 26 points helped the Raptors to their comfortable win.

A double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds from Rudy Gobert helped the Utah Jazz past the Denver Nuggets 124-87. The Jazz lead the Western Conference first-round series 2-1.

Jazz guard Mike Conley went seven-of-eight from three-point range to post 27 points.


Terrible Temple

Garrett Temple struggled for the Nets. The forward was two-of-12 from the field, managing just five points in nearly 36 minutes.


Wonderful Walker

Walker contributed 14 of his 24 points in the second half for Boston.

Friday's results

Toronto Raptors 117-92 Brooklyn Nets
Utah Jazz 124-87 Denver Nuggets
Boston Celtics 102-94 Philadelphia 76ers
Los Angeles Clippers 130-122 Dallas Mavericks


Lakers face Trail Blazers

Having drawn level in the Western Conference first-round series, the Los Angeles Lakers face the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 3 on Saturday.

After he struggled in the Los Angeles Clippers' loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Paul George insisted his team are up for the challenge of a competitive series. 

George had an outing to forget as the Clippers went down to a 127-114 defeat on Wednesday that levelled their first-round NBA playoffs series at 1-1. 

The former Oklahoma City Thunder forward went four for 17 shooting and had missed his first five shots before finally converting a three-pointer four minutes into the second half. 

Despite many rating the Clippers as favourites to be crowned NBA champions, George does not think a challenging series against the seventh-seeded Mavs should come as a surprise to fans and analysts. 

"We expect a tough matchup, we expect a tough challenge, but the good thing about it is we are up for the challenge," said George, per ESPN. 

"They are a good team and it just goes to show you the West is tough. 

"The eight seed [the Portland Trail Blazers] just beat the one seed [the Los Angeles Lakers], so it tells you the West is tough.  

"It is a tough conference. Any given night, any team, especially here [in the Orlando NBA bubble], can win. And we full on seen that.  

"So it is no surprise. What you have to do is come to play and this was their night." 

Kawhi Leonard had a game-high 35 points and, like George, felt the Mavs represented impressive opposition.  

"Give them guys credit, they played hard," said Leonard. "They are the reason why we didn’t come back. They knocked down big shots at the right times." 

Patrick Beverley was out with a calf injury for the Clippers, who saw Luka Doncic score 28 points for the Mavs despite spending much of the second half on the bench having got into foul trouble. 

Kristaps Porzingis had 23 for the Mavs, the same total as Lou Williams produced for Los Angeles, while three Dallas players scored double figures from the bench. 

"Their bench outplayed our bench and our starters," added Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who outlined areas for improvement ahead of Game 3 on Friday. 

"They were just looking us in the eye and taking us off the dribble and playing draw and kick basketball. 

"They played together. They moved the ball and I thought that stood out. At halftime we had seven assists, our starters had two assists at halftime. 

"I think we ended up with four assists from our starters – that is not how we have played all year. And if we play like that we cannot win."

Luka Doncic feels pundits have to start taking the Dallas Mavericks seriously after they shocked the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 2 of their series in the NBA playoffs.

The Mavs triumphed 127-114 on Wednesday to level the first-round series at 1-1 against a team many oddsmakers have listed as favourites to become champions.

Doncic had 28 points, eight rebounds and seven assists but was restricted to only 28 minutes on court, spending much of the second half on the bench after getting into foul trouble.

The Slovenian previously recorded 42 points in the highest-scoring debut in postseason history as the Mavs narrowly lost in Game 1.

And he feels it is time his team, seventh seeds in the Western Conference, are considered to be a real danger to Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Clippers.

"They should be saying we got a chance in this first round," Doncic said when asked what high-profile NBA pundits would be making of their victory.

"A lot of people counted us out. I know a lot of people didn't count us in. But I know they should be saying we got a chance.

"The thing about us is we are going to give everything 100 per cent and leave our hearts on the court. That's the point for us.

"We've just got three [wins] left. I think we can fight with them. Any series we go in, we're going to believe we can win, for sure. If you don't believe it, you're not supposed to be here. You've got to believe it."

Doncic found watching from the sidelines as the game was on the line an initially difficult experience.

"I was frustrated for like 15 seconds, I was p****d. Then I was focused on supporting my team-mates," he said.

"They did a great, great job. Being on the bench, it's hard for me. I want to help my team, but we won the game. Maybe if I don't pick up that foul, we don't win the game.

"I just want to get out there and help my team. I did some unnecessary things I shouldn't do. But we got a win and that is all that matters. A lot of guys showed up and we played great defense."

Kristaps Porzingis added 23 points and Tim Hardaway Jr had 17, while there were key contributions from Trey Burke, Seth Curry and Boban Marjanovic, who all had double figures from the bench.

Game 3 at the Disney Bubble in Orlando takes place on Friday.

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