The Toronto Raptors forced a Game 7 against the Boston Celtics, while the Los Angeles Clippers pulled clear in the NBA playoffs.

The Raptors drew level in the Eastern Conference semi-finals but needed double overtime to edge the Celtics 125-122.

A game-high 33 points from Kyle Lowry lifted the defending champions in Game 6 at the Walt Disney World Resort on Wednesday.

The Raptors stayed alive thanks to the thrilling victory and despite Marcus Smart's triple-double of 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Boston.

Boston led by four early in the second period of OT and were up by three with one minute, 37 seconds remaining before Toronto fought back.

The Clippers moved into a 3-1 lead over the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference semi-finals after a 96-85 victory.

Kawhi Leonard finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds in Game 4, in which the Clippers never trailed.

Powell produces, Jokic's big performance not enough

Norman Powell posted 23 points off the bench for the Raptors, shooting six-of-11 from the field.

OG Anunoby had a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Fred VanVleet finished with 21 points.

Celtics duo Jayson Tatum (29 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists) and Jaylen Brown (31 points and 16 rebounds) almost saw Boston to a series win.

Brown, Tatum and Smart were the first trio of team-mates to have 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds in the same playoff game since Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish achieved the feat for Boston in 1987, according to STATS.

Nuggets star Nikola Jokic had 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in Denver's loss.


Walker's woes

Kemba Walker went two-of-11 from the field to post just five points in more than 51 minutes for Boston.


Lakers face Rockets

Leading the Western Conference semi-final 2-1, the Los Angeles Lakers look to pull further clear of the Houston Rockets on Thursday.

Denver coach Michael Malone defended Nikola Jokic on Tuesday after Clippers guard Patrick Beverley accused the Nuggets center of "flailing" to draw fouls after Los Angeles' 113-107 win in Game 3.

Jokic had 32 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists while going three-for-four from the foul line in the loss.

Asked what makes Jokic so difficult to guard, Beverley said: "He presents the same type of, I don't know, I wouldn't say problems, but he presents the same thing [Luka] Doncic presents, a lot of flailing. You know, puts a lot of pressure on the referee to make the right call."

"I don't really listen to Patrick Beverley a whole lot," Malone said. "If Kawhi Leonard was talking, maybe I might listen to him. Kawhi's a great player."

"All you got to do is look at the stat sheet. [Ivica] Zubac attempted more free throws than Nikola Jokic," Malone continued. "They shot 26 free throws, we shot 10. So I'm not really sure what game Patrick is talking about or looking at, but I really don't warrant and give too much attention to that."

Through the first three games of the series, Jokic has taken 10 free throws. Leonard, meanwhile, has attempted 17, while Clippers team-mate Paul George has 15.

Kawhi Leonard's "extra-long middle finger" was the curious focus of team-mate Paul George's praise after the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Denver Nuggets to restore their series lead in the NBA playoffs on Monday.

The Clippers sealed a 113-107 triumph that was helped in no small part by a stunning block from Leonard, who thwarted a fourth-quarter dunk attempt from Jamal Murray with just one finger.

Murray drove for the basket and seemed certain to cut the deficit to four points, only for Leonard's outstretched digit to deny him.

And George, whose 32 points helped move his side 2-1 up in the Western Conference semi-finals, was in awe.

"That's an extra-long middle finger," he said. "Like it kept growing or something. That's Kawhi, man."

Clippers coach Doc Rivers was similarly impressed following a game in which Leonard posted a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds.

"That play by Kawhi was amazing," he said.

"I didn't know it was with one finger. I thought he just blocked it, but it was impressive. I didn't even know where he came from."

While everyone else seemed to be falling over themselves to find superlatives to describe his play, Leonard was a little less dramatic in his retelling of events.

"I just saw him penetrating, so I stepped up and tried to contest his shot," he explained.

The two-time NBA finals MVP now wants the Clippers to be more dominant in Game 4 to alleviate some of the pressure on the defense.

"I think we need to be consistent throughout the whole 48 minutes, but you got to give Denver credit," Leonard said.

"They are a good basketball team, they have been together for a while, they know how to make adjustments on the fly, they've got a good coach, it's playoff basketball. But for us, we definitely want to see it throughout."

The Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics restored their series leads in the NBA playoffs on Monday.

The Clippers overcame the Denver Nuggets 113-107 in Game 3 of the Western Conference semi-finals.

Paul George top-scored for the Clippers with 32 points as they moved back ahead in the series.

The guard went 12-of-18 from the field and five-of-seven from three-point range at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Clippers star Kawhi Leonard posted a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds.

The Celtics went 3-2 up against the Toronto Raptors courtesy of a dominant 111-89 victory in Game 5.

Toronto had won back-to-back games, but Jaylen Brown's 27 points led the Celtics to their win.


Tatum's double-double, Jokic heroics not enough

Jayson Tatum recorded a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds in the Celtics' victory.

Boston got an even contribution, with Kemba Walker putting up 21 points on the back of eight-of-15 shooting.

Nikola Jokic was huge for the Nuggets. He had 32 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, but Denver fell to the Clippers.

Michael Porter Jr. managed a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for Denver.


Murray battles

Jamal Murray's up-and-down form continued. He was five-of-17 from the field for 14 points in 38 minutes for the Nuggets.


Heat face Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks avoided a shock series sweep against the Miami Heat in their Eastern Conference semi-final, but they will need another win on Tuesday to stay alive in a series Miami lead 3-1. The Bucks could be without star Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle).

Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone was delighted to see his side produce a vastly improved display to level up their second-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Nuggets triumphed 110-101 on Saturday to mark a drastic turnaround from their 120-97 loss in Game 1.

Jamal Murray put up 27 points, while team-mate Nikola Jokic finished with 26 points and 18 rebounds.

And Malone hailed his players' display, saying: "I thought we were a noticeably different team than we were in Game 1.

"Our defense, our activity and the fact that we were willing to help each other.

"The big point of emphasis coming out of Game 1 was as the game wore on, we stood, the ball didn't move, the bodies didn't move.

"We just came down and settled. We didn't make their defense work at all.

"I felt tonight there was a marked difference in our approach, our energy, our movement. And we made ourselves a lot harder to guard."

Malone is hopeful the Nuggets can maintain those high levels heading into the next game.

"Our group believes in themselves," he said.

"We've shown we're a resilient group that can execute and find ways to win in close games down the stretch.

"It's great to be able to tie the series up and have that life and belief going into the next game."

Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry starred as defending champions the Toronto Raptors topped the Boston Celtics 100-93 to level their Eastern Conference semi-final series in the NBA playoffs.

Siakam posted 23 points and 11 rebounds and Lowry had a double-double of his own with 22 points and 11 rebounds to help the Raptors take down the Celtics in Game 4 on Saturday.

After back-to-back defeats, the Raptors have managed to level the series 2-2 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida following their buzzer-beating victory in Game 3.

The Denver Nuggets also levelled their second-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers via a 110-101 triumph in the Western Conference.

In Game 2, Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic led the way for the Nuggets, who led by as many as 23 points against the second-seeded Clippers.


Murray, Jokic fuel Nuggets

Following a subdued display in the series opener, Murray put up 27 points for the Nuggets. Team-mate Jokic finished with 26 points and 18 rebounds.

Jayson Tatum recorded 24 points and 10 rebounds for the beaten Celtics.


Leonard struggles against Nuggets

It was a rare off night for Kawhi Leonard offensively. The two-time NBA champion, who had at least 29 points in all seven playoff games this season, posted 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. He shot just four for 17 from the field.

The Celtics were just seven for 35 (20 per cent) from three-point range. Brown missed his first nine attempts from beyond the arc and finished two for 11. Boston team-mates Tatum, Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart were all one for six on three-pointers.


Filthy Murray

Nuggets star Murray left Leonard scrambling following this move.


Bucks face Heat

The Milwaukee Bucks will look to stay alive and avoid a series sweep when they meet the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals on Sunday. In the west, the Los Angeles Lakers can bounce back from their opening-game loss to the Houston Rockets.

Kawhi Leonard prefers to help keep his team-mates in the here and now rather than reflect on past experiences after helping the Los Angeles Clippers to a resounding Game One win over the Denver Nuggets.

The Clippers routed the Nuggets 120-97 in the opener of the Western Conference semi-finals series in Orlando, with Leonard putting up a game-high 29 points.

Leonard was an NBA champion with the Toronto Raptors last season, adding to the ring he won with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014, and is aiming to repeat the feat with a new team this time around.

When asked how he uses his experiences to help his team-mates, Leonard replied: "You know, I'm not a guy that talks about what I've done on different teams. It's just about now. 

"But just giving them some thoughts, like when things do come up, it's about this year and how we can be better as this year's team.

"I guess just taking from what I've seen in the past and just trying to make us be as consistent as we could be and just trying to keep our focus and just having us be relaxed out there."

The Clippers restricted Nuggets dangermen Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray to just 27 points between them and Leonard is wary of a backlash from a team that went to Game 7 in their opening playoff series with the Utah Jazz.

"It was just about trying to contest their shots, staying in front of them. I thought we did a great job of that and the other defenders as well, who wasn't in the action, they were on help-side defense, just that's it," Leonard added.

"But that team went through a seven-game series, and I'm sure they will come back more prepared for Game 2."

The Clippers were boosted by the return of Patrick Beverley from a calf injury, marking just the 13th time throughout this season the team have had their first-choice rotation available.

Beverley – who missed five straight games and 10 of the previous 11 – played just 12 minutes but his willingness to bark out instructions and make his voice heard on the court was felt.

"When you're out with an injury, just watching it, I was humbled," said Beverley. "I'm just fortunate to be out there.

"You can't take health for granted. It's really important. But it was good going out there with my brothers, man, competing, playing the type of ball we do. It was fun tonight, for sure.

"I take my role very seriously. Obviously, I'm the point guard, getting guys put in places offensively and make sure I'm doing my job defensively.

"Sitting out with this injury has definitely humbled me, man. I appreciate the game a lot more, for sure."

Defending NBA champions the Toronto Raptors dramatically avoided falling 3-0 behind in the Eastern Conference semi-finals thanks to OG Anunoby's game-winning shot against the Boston Celtics.

Down by two points and two games, the Raptors were staring at a third consecutive defeat but Anunoby nailed a buzzer-beating three-pointer to give Toronto a 104-103 victory in Game 3 of the NBA playoff series on Thursday.

Anunoby was mobbed by his team-mates in wild scenes at Walt Disney World Resort, where he caught a cross-court pass from Kyle Lowry and hit the three as time expired.

The Celtics had taken a two-point lead with a half-second remaining after Kemba Walker assisted Daniel Theis' dunk.

But now the Raptors only trail 2-1 heading into Saturday's Game 4, which is good news for Toronto as no team in NBA history have rallied from a 3-0 series deficit.

Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard inspired the Los Angeles Clippers to a 120-97 rout of the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference semi-final opener.

Leonard – a two-time NBA champion – had a game-high 29 points for the second-seeded Clippers in Game 1 in Orlando, Florida.


Lowry fuels rallying Raptors

Lowry celebrated emphatically when Anunoby nailed his shot from beyond the arc. Lowry posted 31 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Raptors. Fellow star Fred VanVleet contributed 25 points and six assists. Walker had 29 points for the beaten Celtics.

Per STATS, Anunoby became the first player to hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer in the playoffs with his team down by two points since Damian Lillard did so for the Portland Trail Blazers against the Houston Rockets in 2014.


Murray unable to back-up heroics

Coming off a gruelling seven-game series, which he averaged 31.6 points and scored at least 50 points in the Utah Jazz matchup, Jamal Murray was limited to just 12 points on Thursday. He was only five-for-15 shooting in the loss to the Clippers. Star team-mate Nikola Jokic finished with just 15 points.

It was a tough outing for Boston's Marcus Smart, who was four of 15 from the field for 11 points in 37 minutes.


Kawhi with the slam

There was no stopping Leonard en route to the rim against the Nuggets.


Rockets face Lakers

The Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers will open their Western Conference semi-final series on Friday. Eastern Conference top seeds the Milwaukee Bucks, meanwhile, will fight to snap back-to-back defeats in Game 3 against the Miami Heat.

Jamal Murray is convinced Nikola Jokic is headed for a Hall-of-Fame career after he inspired the Denver Nuggets past the Utah Jazz and into the Western Conference semi-finals.

The Nuggets ran out 80-78 winners in Tuesday's decisive Game 7 of the thrilling first-round series, overcoming a 3-1 deficit that had been inspired by Utah's Donovan Mitchell.

On a night where Murray struggled to hit the same heights he had reached in previous games in the series, Jokic put up 30 points and added 14 rebounds to help the third-seeded Nuggets book a semi-final against the Los Angeles Clippers.

"Dude's a joke," Murray said of Jokic. 

"He does everything. Post up, he shoots it, he passes, he pushes the pace, he's smart, and we definitely needed him today.

"He made clutch baskets and just kept us poised. Even when I didn't have it going or I missed some bunnies or we messed up on defense and they made their push, especially in the third quarter. 

"He was our leader for that second half and he did it all so, he's gonna be a Hall of Famer one day."

Jokic scored 17 of Denver's 30 second-half points, the highest percentage of a team's points scored in the second half of a Game 7 over the past 20 years, to receive praise from head coach Michael Malone.

"We are not in a Game 7 without Jamal, but quietly Nikola Jokic was having an outstanding series as well," Malone said. 

"And you knew that they would take away Jamal Murray, they tried to do different things tonight, that was their adjustment. 

"We were prepared for that. We knew they would try to get the ball out of his hands. That is when you need Nikola to step up."

Jokic himself was expecting a tense series, just maybe not the levels of excitement it provided.

"Before the series started I felt it was going to be an interesting series. But after 3-1 I didn't think it was going to be this interesting," Jokic said. 

"So I'm glad that we won the game and I'm glad that we won the series."

Mitchell's 33 three-pointers marked a record for a playoff series and he was proud of the way the team battled after trailing by 19 points in the first half.

"We fought hard and came back. I'd go to war with any one of these guys in the locker room, any one of these coaches," Mitchell, who was helped off the floor by Murray at the buzzer, said. 

"We could've easy chalked it up in the first half. We have grit and fight. That's all you can really ask for."

Mitchell added that the emotions following the defeat were nothing compared to what the families who have been affected by police brutality and racism are going through.

"I can only imagine. I wanted to say that. I wanted to get that out there," he said. 

"The way I'm feeling right now is nothing compared to that. I appreciate the NBA and everybody in this league for continuing to push that message. 

"It's not stopping. I just wanted to say that. Whether we won or lost, that was going to be the first thing said. I should've said it first."

The Denver Nuggets completed a stunning comeback from a 3-1 series deficit against the Utah Jazz as they moved through to the second round of the NBA playoffs.

Denver booked their spot in the Western Conference semi-finals thanks to Tuesday's tense 80-78 victory, which was sealed by Nikola Jokic's tie-breaking basket with 27 seconds remaining.

The Nuggets faced elimination after losing three of the opening four games against the Donovan Mitchell-inspired Jazz at Walt Disney World Resort, but Jamal Murray's heroics helped Denver stay alive in the postseason.

Murray's 50 points on Sunday forced a deciding Game 7 in the opening round in Orlando, Florida.

In the do-or-die showdown, Jokic proved to be the difference in the closing stages as Jazz guard Mike Conley's three-pointer spun out at the buzzer in a dramatic finish.

Jokic posted 30 points and 14 rebounds for the third-seeded Nuggets, who became the 12th team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a series, despite blowing a 19-point lead on Tuesday.

Murray had 17 points of his own as the Nuggets await second seeds the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round.

The Jazz were led by Mitchell's 22 points and Rudy Gobert's double-double of 19 points and 18 rebounds.

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics topped defending champions the Toronto Raptors 102-99 for a commanding 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

Jayson Tatum scored 34 points and Marcus Smart put up 16 points in a devastating stretch early in the fourth quarter as the Celtics claimed Game 2.

Smart (19 points) made five three-pointers in a three-minute span to help the Celtics move closer to the Conference Finals.

OG Anunoby's 20 points led the Raptors, who also had 19 from Fred VanVleet.


Thunder face Rockets

It will be winner-takes-all on Wednesday when the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets clash in Game 7 of their Western Conference first-round matchup. The Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks will also go head-to-head in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semi-final.

Jamal Murray's incredible 50-42-50 playoff run brought lofty praise from Nuggets coach Mike Malone and team-mate Nikola Jokic after Denver forced a Game 7 against the Utah Jazz.

The Nuggets trailed 3-1 through four games, but Murray has caught fire again in the playoffs, having helped Denver take the Portland Trail Blazers to seven games in the second round last year.

Murray had 50 points in a losing effort in Game 4 against the Jazz, then inspired wins with returns of 42 and then, on Sunday, 50 points.

The 23-year-old averaged 18.5 points in the regular season and his sensational upturn in form has left coach Malone - formerly an assistant at the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors - struggling to make a fitting comparison.

"What Jamal's done the last three games is unbelievable," Malone said.

"I've been blessed to have been around some great players in this game - LeBron [James], CP [Chris Paul], Steph Curry, Klay Thompson - but I've never seen a guy go 50, 42 and 50, two of those games being elimination games.

"Talk about a young guy putting a team on his back... and that will to win, to do whatever is necessary to get the team to win, is tremendous."

Murray visibly grappled with his emotions in Denver's first game since the playoffs were paused after the Milwaukee Bucks went on strike following the shooting of Jacob Blake.

Blake was repeatedly shot in the back by police in the Bucks' home state of Wisconsin, prompting the latest demonstration against police brutality and racial inequality.

Murray wore shoes decorated with images of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and he struggled to find words for his on-court TNT interview.

Malone continued: "We haven't played since Tuesday, so to do it with everything that's taken place in the last three or four days, all the raw emotion, makes it that much more impressive.

"I'm running out of superlatives for Jamal Murray. I just want to say I'm proud of him. What he did tonight was amazing."

Jokic, who scored 22 points, was similarly impressed, adding of Murray: "He's really playing at a high level, a superstar level right now.

"We wish the God of basketball is going to give him a little bit more of that during our playoffs."

Murray himself recognises the need to perform on a more consistent basis, however.

"People want me to be consistent and, I'm not going to lie, it's not easy," he said. "That's why the greats are so good. They don't just do it one night, they do it every night."

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.

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.

Donovan Mitchell wants a deep playoff run with the Utah Jazz after dropping 51 points to join Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson in an elite NBA club. 

Mitchell outshone Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray - who scored 50 points - to lead the Jazz to a 129-127 victory in Game 4 as Utah moved 3-1 up in the first round. 

It was the second time Mitchell had gone beyond 50 points in the matchup, a feat only former MVPs and Hall of Famers Jordan and Iverson have previously managed in a single playoff series in the league's entire history. 

"Honestly, it's the first round," Mitchell told reporters of emulating Jordan and Iverson. 

"The two guys you named have made it to the Finals. Michael Jordan is obviously the greatest basketball player of all time. 

"I got a lot of work to do to catch up to those guys. I am honoured to be in that category, but we are doing all this in the first round." 

The talented youngster has certainly bounced back from his performance in the postseason last year, when he missed 18 of his 22 shots as the Jazz crashed to a decisive Game 5 loss against the Houston Rockets in the first round.

"It's no secret that last year's playoffs wasn't my best," Mitchell added. "And I took that personally, and I am going to trust my work and keep moving forward.

"I love hearing negative things about me. 

"The knock on me has been, 'Inefficient, not a team player', whatever it is.

"I pride myself on being a team player, on being a playmaker. I've said it a thousand times, and I am going to continue to do that.

"Fifty [points] is what it is, but I am more happy that I got seven assists."

Mitchell scored 16 of the Jazz's final 20 points and urged his team to punch their ticket to the next round in Game 5.

"The job's not finished," he added.

"As good as this one feels, we won by two, and we're on to Game 5."

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.

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