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Toronto Raptors  at  Milwaukee Bucks
Final  – April 22, 2017
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Raptors Turn Tables on Bucks, 87-76

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 87-76, at BMO Harris Bradley Center on Saturday afternoon in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoffs. The series is now tied 2-2. Following a 104-77 drubbing in Game 3, the Raptors (2-2), and particularly DeMar DeRozan, had plenty of soul searching to do. Toronto was thoroughly dominated by the Bucks (2-2) defense, while the All-Star shooting guard had gone 0-for-8 from the floor and scored a series-low eight points. Whatever adjustments the Raptors made during their off-day Friday seems to have worked like a charm, as their defense gave plenty of what they got in Game 3, while DeRozan led all scorers with 33 points on 12-of-22 shooting. He added nine rebounds, five assists and four steals over his 40 minutes, doing a pretty fair impression of Milwaukee superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo in the process. It was a thoroughly dominating performance on the defensive end as well, as the Bucks managed success rates of just 37.0 percent from the floor and 23.8 percent from three-point range while being forced into 20 turnovers. Kyle Lowry followed his backcourt mate with 18 points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block over a game-high 43 minutes. Norman Powell drew the start and posted 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and one block. Serge Ibaka started at center in a lineup shakeup and totaled 10 points, eight rebounds, one assist, three blocks and two steals. Jonas Valancinuas moved to the bench and led the second unit with 12 points, five rebounds and one steal. Tony Snell paced the Bucks with 19 points and four rebounds. Antetokounmpo provided 14 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. Greg Monroe matched Antetoknunmpo's scoring total and added nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block while leading the second unit. Khris Middleton posted a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double that also included three assists and one steal. Thon Maker filled out the stat sheet with seven points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. The two teams reconvene for a pivotal Game 5 on Monday night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Posted on April 22, 2017 at 5:44 PM ET

By Juan Carlos Blanco

DeMar DeRozan's 33-point performance on 12-of-22 shooting led all scorers after he'd gone 0-for-8 from the field Thursday. He added nine rebounds, five assists and four steals over 40 minutes. The Bucks shot just 37.0 percent from the floor and 23.8 percent from three-point range while being forced into 20 turnovers. Kyle Lowry posted 18 points over a game-high 43 minutes. Norman Powell drew the start and posted 12 points, while Serge Ibaka started at center and totaled 10 points and eight boards. Jonas Valancinuas moved to the bench and led the second unit with 12 points. Tony Snell's 19 points led the Bucks. Antetokounmpo provided 14 points and nine boards. Greg Monroe matched Antetoknunmpo's scoring and added nine rebounds to lead the bench. Khris Middleton posted a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double. Thon Maker contributed seven points.

Posted on April 22, 2017 at 5:48 PM ET

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Washington Wizards  at  Atlanta Hawks
Final  – April 22, 2017
116

Hawks Revived With Win At Home

By Dan Bruno  

The Atlanta Hawks defeated the visiting Washington Wizards, 116-98, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoffs, at Philips Arena on Saturday evening, The Wizards lead the series 2-1. The Hawks started the game with a 19-4 run over the first six minutes and pushed the deficit up to 25, before finishing the first quarter up 38-20. They played solid defense at home, holding the Wizards to only 41.6 percent from the field, including 24.1 percent from long range, and maintained their lead throughout the game. The Hawks dominated the paint, where they out-scored the Wizards, 60-34. Paul Millsap was huge for Atlanta, as he led the way with 29 points on 12-of-20 shooting, 14 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal, in 33 minutes. Dwight Howard only finished with five points on four shot attempts, but hauled in 11 rebounds, a steal, a block and two assists, in 27 minutes. Dennis Schroder came up big once again, with 27 points on 10-of-22 shooting and nine assists, in 31 minutes, while Taurean Prince gave the Hawks a nice boost with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting. The Hawks shot 49 percent from the field, which is better than they did in Games 1 and 2, and also scored more points than they did in either of the first two games. Meanwhile, the Wizards accumulated 16 assists as a team, but gave up an equalizing 16 turnovers. John Wall was just about the lone bright spot for Washington, as he led the way with 29 points and seven assists, in 32 minutes. On the other hand, Bradley Beal shot 6-of-20 from the field, including 0-of-6 from long range and finished with 12 points. The only other players to score in double digits for Washington were Brandon Jennings, with 13, and Bojan Bogdanovic, with 11. Otto Porter finished with seven points before he left the game late in the third quarter with a strained neck. The Wizards were much better at home during the regular season but will need to find a way to win on the road in order to prevent the Hawks from tying it up at 2-2, in Game 4, which takes place in Atlanta on Monday.

Posted on April 22, 2017 at 8:41 PM ET      Updated on April 23, 2017 at 4:09 AM ET

By Dan Bruno  

Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 29 points on 12-of-20 shooting, 14 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal, in 33 minutes. Dwight Howard only finished with five points, but hauled in 11 rebounds, a steal, a block and two assists, in 27 minutes, while Dennis Schroder added 27 points on 10-of-22 shooting and nine assists, in 31 minutes. Taurean Prince gave the Hawks a boost with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Meanwhile, John Wall led the way for the Wizards with 29 points and seven assists, in 32 minutes. Bradley Beal struggled, as he shot 6-of-20 from the field, including 0-of-6 from long range and finished with 12 points. The only other players to score in double digits for Washington were Brandon Jennings, with 13, and Bojan Bogdanovic, with 11. Markieff Morris finished with nine points and six rebounds, in 29 minutes.

Posted on April 22, 2017 at 8:44 PM ET

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San Antonio Spurs  at  Memphis Grizzlies
Final  – April 22, 2017
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Grizzlies Defeat Spurs in OT, 110-108

By Joel Bartilotta

The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 110-108, in Game 4 of the Western Conference first-round playoffs at FedEx Forum on Saturday. This was one of the tightest games of the postseason thus far, as it took an extra session to decide a winner. In fact, there were 11 ties and eight lead changes in total, with neither team leading by more than 10 points. Marc Gasol played hero, as he hit a game-winning floater with 0.7 seconds left in overtime to take a two-point lead and eventually win. Rebounding was key for Memphis, as they outrebounded San Antonio, 51-37. They also dominated the fastbreak points differential, winning that battle, 26-9. The Grizzlies ended up shooting 46 percent from the field and 44 percent from three-point range, while holding the Spurs to 42 percent from the field and 30 percent from long distance. The Spurs (2-2) put in a valiant effort in this historic playoff game, but they fell just shy of taking a 3-1 series lead. Kawhi Leonard was incredible, as he scored a playoff career-high 43 points, to go along with eight rebounds, three assists and six steals. Tony Parker was vintage, tallying 22 points, four rebounds and five assists. LaMarcus Aldridge collected 13 points, two rebounds and two steals. Pau Gasol led the bench with eight points and 11 rebounds. The Grizzlies (2-2) needed this win avoid a 3-1 hole headed back to San Antonio and they showed some serious resiliency in this amazing game. Gasol not only hit the game-winner, he added 16 points, 12 rebounds and four assists to his line. Mike Conley was the Grizzlies best player, as he accumulated 35 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Zach Randolph recorded another double-double, totaling 12 points and 11 rebounds. Vince Carter started and accrued 13 points, three rebounds and two assists. JaMychal Green was huge off the bench, as he provided 14 points and four rebounds, in addition to manning up with Kawhi Leonard. Game 5 will be on Tuesday back in San Antonio.

Posted on April 22, 2017 at 11:10 PM ET      Updated on April 22, 2017 at 11:12 PM ET

By Joel Bartilotta

To say this game was tight would be a drastic understatement. In fact, there were 11 ties and eight lead changes in total, with neither team leading by more than 10 points in this overtime thriller. Rebounding was key for Memphis, as they won that battle, 51-37. Kawhi Leonard carried the Spurs, as he accumulated 43 points, eight rebounds, three assists and six steals. Tony Parker accrued 22 points, four rebounds and five assists. Pau Gasol played well off the bench, providing eight points and 11 rebounds. Marc Gasol was the hero, as he hit the game-winning floater with 0.7 seconds left to win. He also added 16 points, 12 rebounds and four assists to his tally. Mike Conley was the Grizzlies best player, as he collected 35 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Zach Randolph totaled 12 points and 11 rebounds en route to a double-double.

Posted on April 22, 2017 at 11:16 PM ET

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113

Warriors Defeat Blazers, 119-113, to Capture 3-0 Series Lead

By Joel Bartilotta

The Golden State Warriors defeated the host Portland Trail Blazers, 119-113, in Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round playoffs at Moda Center on Saturday. This was a tale of two halves, as the Warriors really took care of business in the second half. In fact, the Blazers led, 67-54, at the half, but allowed the warriors to outscore them in the second half, 65-46. A 19-1 run spanning between the third and fourth quarters was key, as that gave Golden State their largest lead up to that point and eventually won them the game. The assist-to-turnover ratio was the glaring difference, with the Warriors recording 25 assists to just seven turnovers, while the Blazers committed 16 turnovers to 17 assists. A 22-6 advantage in fastbreak points was huge for Golden State as well. The Warriors (3-0) had to play this game without Kevin Durant, but they find themselves now in command of this series. Stephen Curry was the player of the game, as he collected 34 points, four rebounds, eight assists and two steals. Klay Thompson finished with 24 points, two rebounds and three steals. Andre Iguodala was huge off the bench, providing 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Draymond Green accumulated nine points, eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and six blocks. The Trail Blazers (0-3) played a great first half, but were unable to sustain that for all four quarters against the best team in basketball. C.J McCollum did all he could for Portland though, as he tallied 32 points, six rebounds and two steals. Damian Lillard was just as good, amassing 31 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Evan Turner totaled 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Al-Farouq Aminu and Noah Vonleh played well off the bench, combining for 24 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Game 4 will be on Monday back in Portland.

Posted on April 23, 2017 at 1:24 AM ET      Updated on April 23, 2017 at 1:26 AM ET

By Joel Bartilotta

Golden State have now won all seven games against Portland this season, as they've really determined ownership over this team. The comeback nature of this game indicates just that, as the Warriors overcame a 13-point halftime deficit to take a 3-0 lead in the series. The assist-to-turnover ratio was decisive, with Golden State recording eight more assists than Portland, while committing nine less turnovers. Stephen Curry led the way for Golden State, as he tallied 34 points, four rebounds and eight assists. Klay Thompson totaled 24 points, two rebounds and three steals. Andre Iguodala was huge off the bench, providing 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists. C.J. McCollum led Portland with 32 points, six rebounds and two steals. Damian Lillard accrued 31 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Evan Turner came off the bench to amass 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

Posted on April 23, 2017 at 1:31 AM ET