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2018 NBA playoffs schedule, matchups and news

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Heat, 76ers literally playing to final whistle (0:59)

The 76ers took some offense to Goran Dragic's late-game layup in Game 2, so they tried to return the favor Thursday night. (0:59)

The 2018 playoffs are here! We've got you covered from the first round all the way through the NBA Finals.

Key dates: 2018 NBA playoffs

April 14: First round begins | Tickets on Vivid Seats

April 30-May 1: Conference semis begin (possible move-up to April 28-29)

May 15-16: Conference finals begin (possible move-up to May 13-14)

May 31: NBA Finals begin


Best of the postseason

(1) Toronto Raptors vs. (8) Washington Wizards

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How the Raptors have a 2-0 lead

With the aid of Second Spectrum, take a look at how the Raptors have jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Wizards.


(2) Boston Celtics vs. (7) Milwaukee Bucks

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Celtics' team effort takes Game 2

Jaylen Brown scores 30 to lead six Celtics in double figures, cruising to a 120-106 win over the Bucks.


(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (6) Miami Heat

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Embiid's return sparks 76ers past Heat

Joel Embiid scores 23 points in his postseason debut as the 76ers beat the Heat 128-108 to take a 2-1 series lead.


(4) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (5) Indiana Pacers

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Stephen A.: Cavs need Love to beat Pacers

Stephen A. Smith understands Kevin Love is not 100 percent with a hand injury, but Cleveland needs him to take pressure off LeBron James.

(1) Houston Rockets vs. (8) Minnesota Timberwolves

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CP3, Rockets roll in Game 2

Despite James Harden going 2-for-18 from the field, Chris Paul scores 27 points and the Rockets defeat the Timberwolves for a 2-0 series lead.


(2) Golden State Warriors vs. (7) San Antonio Spurs

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Durant, Warriors take 3-0 lead against the Spurs

Kevin Durant scores 26 points and leaves the game early after rolling his ankle as Golden State beats San Antonio 110-97 for a 3-0 series lead.


(3) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (6) New Orleans Pelicans

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Davis, Mirotic spur Pelicans to 3-0 series lead

Nikola Mirotic pours in 30 points and Anthony Davis adds 28 of his own as the Pelicans crush the Trail Blazers 119-102 to take a 3-0 lead.


(4) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (5) Utah Jazz

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Mitchell comes up big down the stretch

Donovan Mitchell scores 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, and the Jazz even the series against the Thunder.