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NBA Playoffs 2020: What you still need to know about the first round

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Who is best equipped to beat the Bucks in the East? (1:01)

Matt Barnes is most intrigued by Boston's leading duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, and expects the Celtics and Raptors to challenge the Bucks in the Eastern Conference playoffs. (1:01)

The 2020 NBA playoffs came to a halt in the first round when moments before the tipoff, the Milwaukee Bucks decided to protest by not playing the Orlando Magic in Game 5. Afterward, both Game 5 contests between the Oklahoma City Thunder versus the Houston Rockets, and the Los Angeles Lakers versus the Portland Trail Blazers, were postponed. After three days without games, in which players and the league decided on new initiatives to promote voting access, combat social injustice and racial inequality, and advocate for police reform, the playoffs after three days with no games.

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Western Conference: Round 1

Los Angeles Lakers (1) def. Portland Trail Blazers (8), 4-1

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AD drops 43 points as Lakers advance

Anthony Davis scores 43 points as the Lakers eliminate the Trail Blazers with the 131-122 win.

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LA Clippers (2) def. Dallas Mavericks (7), 4-2

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Heat move on to second round after sweeping Pacers

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Denver Nuggets (3) def. Utah Jazz (6), 4-3

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AD drops 43 points as Lakers advance

Anthony Davis scores 43 points as the Lakers eliminate the Trail Blazers with the 131-122 win.

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Houston Rockets (4) def. Oklahoma City Thunder (5), 4-3

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Rockets edge Thunder in Game 7 thriller

James Harden and the Rockets edge the Thunder 104-102 to close out a tightly contested Game 7.

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Eastern Conference: Round 1

Milwaukee Bucks (1) def. Orlando Magic (8), 4-1

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Giannis puts up 28 points, 17 rebounds as Bucks finish series vs. Magic

Giannis Antetokounmpo puts up a monster double-double of 28 points and 17 rebounds as the Bucks make easy work of the Magic and win the series 4-1.

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Toronto Raptors (2) sweep Brooklyn Nets (7)

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Raptors complete first sweep in franchise history over Nets

Norman Powell and Serge Ibaka lead the Raptors to a dominating win over the Nets 150-122, earning their first sweep in franchise history.

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Boston Celtics (3) sweep Philadelphia 76ers (6)

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Kemba and Tatum go for 60, sweep 76ers out of playoffs

Kemba Walker scores 32 while Jayson Tatum contributes 28, as the Celtics eliminate the 76ers in a sweep.

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Miami Heat (5) sweep Indiana Pacers (4)

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Heat move on to second round after sweeping Pacers

Bam Adebayo finishes with a double-double as the Heat cruise to a 99-87 Game 4 victory and a sweep of the Pacers in their playoff series.

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