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Raptors hoping to oust Magic in Game 5

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The Toronto Raptors will attempt to win four straight games in the same playoff series for the first time in franchise history when they seek to close out the visiting Orlando Magic in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference first-round series Tuesday night.

The Raptors have rebounded from a 104-101 home loss in Game 1 to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. They are one victory away from a second-round matchup with either Philadelphia or Brooklyn.

Toronto's defense has dominated the series ever since D.J. Augustin's late 3-pointer stunned the East's second seed in the series opener.

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76ers look to close out Nets in Game 5

Joel Embiid's left knee will be a question for the Philadelphia 76ers for the duration of their playoff run, but when he is on the floor, things go extremely well.

Embiid's presence is among the reasons why the 76ers are on the verge of advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals. And they have a shot to do just that Tuesday night when they host the Brooklyn Nets in Game 5 of their first-round series.

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Blazers trying to eliminate Thunder in 5

The Portland Trail Blazers are known as an offensive team, but their defense has been equally important as they have built a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Thunder have been held under 100 points in each of their three losses. They shot only 37.5 percent in Sunday's 111-98 home loss.

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Nuggets back home tied 2-2 with Spurs

After posting a rare win in San Antonio to even the first-round series at 2-2, the Denver Nuggets will try to carry that momentum into Game 5 on Tuesday night against the visiting Spurs.

Denver made adjustments -- tactically and emotionally -- and outscored the Spurs 69-45 in the second and third quarters on Saturday to secure its first win in San Antonio since 2012.

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Walton lawyer calls allegations baseless

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Latest on a lawsuit that accuses Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton of sexual assault (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

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Warriors aim to close out Clippers in 5

The Golden State Warriors hope to avoid giving their future competition any scheduling advantage as they seek to close out the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5 of their first-round series Wednesday night in Oakland.

The top-seeded Warriors rebounded from a shocking home loss in Game 2 to sweep a pair in Los Angeles, putting themselves one win away from the Western Conference semifinals.

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Jazz hope to force Game 6 vs. Rockets

It took until they reached brink of elimination, but the Utah Jazz may have finally figured out how to effectively defend against the Houston Rockets.

Utah needs the late success it found in Game 4 to continue if it hopes to remain alive with a win in Game 5 on Wednesday night in Houston.

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Cavs to interview 2 Blazers assistants

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers' coaching search will venture into the Pacific Northwest.

Cleveland plans to interview Portland assistants Nate Tibbetts and David Vanterpool for its coaching job, a person familiar with the team's plans told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

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Suns fire coach Kokoskov after 1 season

PHOENIX (AP) One season was not enough for Igor Kokoskov to convince the Phoenix Suns that he was the man to lead the franchise into the future.

The Suns fired Kokoskov Monday night, ending the tenure of the NBA's first European-born coach after one disappointing season.

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Giannis scores 41 as Bucks sweep Pistons

DETROIT (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo will have his unique talents on display in the second round of the NBA playoffs for the first time in his six-year career.

If Milwaukee's superstar can match or beat his latest jaw-dropping highlight, everyone is in for a treat, unless they play or root for the Boston Celtics.

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