The 2024 NBA playoffs is the ongoing postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) 2023–24 season. The playoffs began on April 20 and will conclude with the 2024 NBA Finals in June.

2024 NBA playoffs
Tournament details
DatesApril 20 – June 2024[a]
Season2023–24
Teams16
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Overview edit

Updates to playoff appearances edit

Notable occurrences edit

  • This is the first playoffs to not feature Chris Paul since 2010.[2]
  • With an average age of 23.9 years old, the Oklahoma City Thunder became the youngest team to earn the 1-seed in NBA history.[3]
  • The Thunder also became the seventh different Western Conference 1-seed in the last seven years, the longest stretch in the West since the 16-team format began in 1984.[4]
  • The Boston Celtics finished first in the Eastern Conference standings by 14 games, which is the largest margin between No. 1 and No. 2 in either conference since 1976.[5]

First round edit

  • All home teams in the first-round matchups won game 1 for the first time since 2013.
  • The Knicks' game 2 comeback against the 76ers marked just the fourth time in the play-by-play era (dating to the 1996–97 season) that a team won a playoff game after trailing by at least five points in the last 30 seconds.[6] The Knicks were also the first team to win in regulation, as the other three teams completed their comeback in overtime.[7]
  • The Miami Heat's 23 three-pointers made in game 2 against the Celtics are the most ever by a team in a road playoff win in NBA history. This is also the Heat's franchise record for most threes made in a single playoff game.[8][9]
  • In game 3 against the Knicks, Joel Embiid became the first player in NBA history to score 50 points on fewer than 20 shots in a playoff game.[10]
  • The Minnesota Timberwolves swept the Phoenix Suns, marking the 48th year in a row that a sweep occurred. The last time a sweep did not occur was in 1976. This was the 184th series sweep in NBA playoffs history.
    • The series also marked the Timberwolves' first playoff series win since 2004 and the first sweep of a best-of-7 series in Minnesota men's professional sports history.[11]
  • Kevin Durant was swept in a playoff series for the second time in his career, with both instances occurring in the first round.[12]
  • For the first time in playoff history, there were four 40+ point scorers on the same day, as Devin Booker, Jalen Brunson, Anthony Edwards, and Kyrie Irving all scored 40+ points on April 28.[13]
  • Jamal Murray became the fourth player in NBA history to hit two go-ahead shots inside the final five seconds in the same postseason, and is the only player to do so in the same series.[14]
  • This marks the second time LeBron James was eliminated in the first round. The last time he was eliminated in the first round was against the Suns in 2021.[15]
  • The 76ers became the first team in the play-by-play era (since 1996–97) to win a playoff game when trailing by at least six points in the final 25 seconds of regulation.[16]
  • The Bucks became the first team in NBA history to win a playoff game without their top two leading scorers from the regular season.[16]
  • The Celtics became the first team in postseason history to score 100+ points and hold their opponents to under 90 points in three straight playoff games.[17]
  • The Pacers win over the Bucks marks their first playoff series win since 2014.
  • Jalen Brunson became the third player in NBA history with four consecutive playoff games of 35+ points and 5+ assists in a single postseason, joining LeBron James and Michael Jordan.[18]
  • The Cavaliers–Magic series was the first of the 2024 playoffs to have a game 7, making it the 25th consecutive NBA postseason to feature a game 7. The last time a game 7 did not occur in the playoffs was 1999. This was the 151st game 7 in NBA playoffs history.
  • Donovan Mitchell scored 52.1% of the Cavaliers' points in game 6, the most by a player with an opportunity to clinch a playoff series in NBA history.[19]
  • Mitchell recorded his third 50-point playoff game, tying Allen Iverson for the third-most 50+ point games in playoff history, trailing only Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan.[20]
  • The Cavaliers won a playoff series without LeBron James for the first time since 1993.

Conference semifinals edit

  • This was the first conference semifinals without LeBron James, Kevin Durant, or Stephen Curry since 2005.[15]
  • This was the first Western Conference semifinals without a team from California since 2005.
  • Anthony Edwards joined Kobe Bryant as the only players aged 22 or younger to have consecutive 40-point playoff games.[21]
  • Jalen Brunson became the first player in NBA history to record 40+ points and 5+ assists in four straight playoff games.[22]
  • The Cavaliers' 24-point win over the Celtics in game 2 was the biggest in the playoffs by a double-digit underdog since 1991.[23]
  • This is the third straight year in which there have been no series sweeps in the conference semifinals.
  • Jayson Tatum became the second player since 1973 to lead both teams in a playoff series in total points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks after LeBron James did it in the 2016 NBA Finals.
  • Kyrie Irving set a record of 14-0, win-loss record in close out NBA playoffs games.[24]
  • Jason Kidd is now 4-0, win-loss record in Game Sixes in NBA Playoffs, as a Mavericks head coach.
  • The Timberwolves’ 45-point lead in Game 6 against the Nuggets is the largest margin of victory against a defending champion in NBA playoff history.[25] It was also the second largest margin of victory in playoff history by a team facing elimination, surpassed only by the Minneapolis Lakers' 58-point victory over the St. Louis Hawks in the 1956 NBA Playoffs.
  • The Pacers set an NBA playoff record for shooting percentage, making 67.1% of their shots in Game 7 against the Knicks.[26]
  • The Pacers also set the highest a shooting percentage of 76.3% in a half, making 29-out-of-38 shots in the first half. This is also that was the highest in the postseason in 25 years since 1997, when the NBA began keeping detailed play-by-play for all four quarters.[27]
  • The Timberwolves overcame a 20-point deficit to win Game 7 against the Nuggets, which is the largest Game 7 comeback in NBA playoffs history.[28]
  • With the defending champion Nuggets losing to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the 2024 playoffs marked the fifth straight year where the defending champion was eliminated before the conference finals.
  • With the defending champion Nuggets losing to the Minnesota Timberwolves, this is the first time in NBA history with different champions in a 6 year span since 1975-1980.
  • This marked the first time that two road teams won a Game 7 on the same day.

Conference finals edit

  • Neither the first-seeded team nor the second-seeded team made the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2022.
  • The Celtics entered the Eastern Conference finals for the third straight playoffs.
  • This is the first Eastern Conference finals to feature either the Boston Celtics or the Miami Heat, but not both, since 2018.
  • The Mavericks returned to the Western Conference finals after missing the playoffs last year.[24]
  • The Pacers advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2014.[27]
  • The Timberwolves advanced to the Western Conference finals for just the second time in team history, and the first time since 2004.[28]
  • The average age of the leading scorer for each team remaining (Tatum, Haliburton, Edwards, and Dončić for the Celtics, Pacers, Timberwolves, and Mavericks respectively) is 24.62, the youngest in a conference finals since 1971.[29]

Format edit

Eight teams from each conference participate in the playoffs. The top six teams in each conference, based on winning percentage, directly qualify for the playoffs; the seeding order of those teams is also based on winning percentage. If two or more teams had the same record, standard NBA tiebreaker rules are used.

The NBA Board of Governors adopted a format starting in 2021 to have a play-in tournament involving the teams ranked 7th through 10th in each conference. The 7th place team and 8th place team participate in a "double-chance" game, with the winner advancing to the playoffs as the 7-seed. The loser then plays the winner of the elimination game between the 9th place and 10th place teams to determine the playoff's 8-seed. The NBA's regular playoff format then proceeds as normal.[30]

Each conference's bracket is fixed with no reseeding. All rounds are a best-of-seven series; a series ends when one team wins four games, and that team advances to the next round. All rounds, including the NBA Finals, are in a 2–2–1–1–1 format with regards to hosting. In the conference playoffs, home-court advantage goes to the higher-seeded team (number one being the highest). For the NBA Finals, home-court advantage goes to the team with the better regular season record, and, if needed, ties are broken based on head-to-head record, followed by intra-conference record.

Playoff qualifying edit

On March 14, 2024, the Boston Celtics became the first team to clinch a playoff spot.[31] While noted in the below tables, division titles have no bearing on seeding.[32]

Seeds 7 and 8 in each conference were determined via the first-stage play-in tournament, held April 16–19.

Eastern Conference edit

Seed Team Record Clinched
Play-in berth Playoff berth Division title Best record
in conference
Best record
in NBA
1 Boston Celtics 64–18 March 14[31] March 20[33] March 24[34] April 3[35]
2 New York Knicks 50–32 April 10[36]
3 Milwaukee Bucks 49–33 April 7[37] April 14[38]
4 Cleveland Cavaliers 48–34 April 12[39]
5 Orlando Magic 47–35 April 14[40] April 14[40]
6 Indiana Pacers 47–35 April 14[41]
7 Philadelphia 76ers 47–35 April 14[41] April 17[42]
8 Miami Heat 46–36 April 14[41] April 19[43]

Chicago (39–43) and Atlanta (36–46) also secured play-in berths but did not advance to the playoffs.[43][44]

Western Conference edit

Seed Team Record Clinched
Play-in berth Playoff berth Division title Best record
in conference
Best record
in NBA
1 Oklahoma City Thunder 57–25 March 31[45] April 14[41] April 14[41]
2 Denver Nuggets 57–25 March 31[46]
3 Minnesota Timberwolves 56–26 April 1[47]
4 Los Angeles Clippers 51–31 April 9[48] April 9[48]
5 Dallas Mavericks 50–32 April 9[48] April 10[49]
6 Phoenix Suns 49–33 April 14[41]
7 Los Angeles Lakers 47–35 April 10[50] April 16[51]
8 New Orleans Pelicans 49–33 April 14[41] April 19[43]

Sacramento (46–36) and Golden State (46–36) also secured play-in berths but did not advance to the playoffs.[43][52]

Play-in tournament brackets edit

Eastern Conference edit

Play-in gamesNo. 8 seed gameFinal seeds
7Philadelphia1057PhiladelphiaNo. 7 seed
8Miami1048MiamiNo. 8 seed
8Miami112
9Chicago91
9Chicago131
10Atlanta116

Bold Game winner
Italic Team with home-court advantage


Western Conference edit

Play-in gamesNo. 8 seed gameFinal seeds
7New Orleans1068LA LakersNo. 7 seed
8LA Lakers1107New OrleansNo. 8 seed
7New Orleans105
9Sacramento98
9Sacramento118
10Golden State94

Bold Game winner
Italic Team with home-court advantage


Bracket edit

Teams in bold advanced to the next round. The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in its conference, and the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions are marked by an asterisk. Teams with home court advantage, the higher seeded team, are shown in italics.

First round Conference semifinals Conference finals NBA Finals
            
E1 Boston* 4
E8 Miami 1
E1 Boston* 4
E4 Cleveland 1
E4 Cleveland 4
E5 Orlando* 3
E1 Boston* 2
Eastern Conference
E6 Indiana 0
E3 Milwaukee* 2
E6 Indiana 4
E6 Indiana 4
E2 New York 3
E2 New York 4
E7 Philadelphia 2
E  
W  
W1 Oklahoma City* 4
W8 New Orleans 0
W1 Oklahoma City* 2
W5 Dallas* 4
W4 LA Clippers* 2
W5 Dallas* 4
W5 Dallas* 2
Western Conference
W3 Minnesota 0
W3 Minnesota 4
W6 Phoenix 0
W3 Minnesota 4
W2 Denver 3
W2 Denver 4
W7 LA Lakers 1

First round edit

Note: Times are EDT (UTC−4) as listed by NBA. If the venue is located in a different time zone, the local time is also given.

Eastern Conference first round edit

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (8) Miami Heat edit

April 21
1:00 pm
Miami Heat 94, Boston Celtics 114
Scoring by quarter: 21–26, 24–34, 14–31, 35–23
Pts: Bam Adebayo 24
Rebs: Adebayo, Jović 6 each
Asts: Herro, Jaquez Jr. 4 each
Pts: Jayson Tatum 23
Rebs: Jayson Tatum 10
Asts: Jayson Tatum 10
Boston leads series, 1–0
TD Garden, Boston, MA
Attendance: 19,156
Referees: Josh Tiven, Bill Kennedy, Ray Acosta

Jayson Tatum recorded his first playoff triple-double, leading the Celtics to a 114–94 Game 1 victory over the defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat. Tatum's performance of 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists was complemented by his teammates, as they knocked down 21 of Boston's 22 three-pointers. Derrick White added 20 points and four assists for Boston, which finished with six players in double-figures. The Heat, who were without Jimmy Butler and Terry Rozier, never held a lead and trailed by as much as 34 points. Bam Adebayo had a game-high 24 points, while Delon Wright and Jaime Jaquez Jr. finished with 17 and 16 points respectively, with Wright going 5-for-5 from beyond the arc.

April 24
7:00 pm
Miami Heat 111, Boston Celtics 101
Scoring by quarter: 28–27, 30–34, 27–18, 26–22
Pts: Tyler Herro 24
Rebs: Bam Adebayo 10
Asts: Tyler Herro 14
Pts: Jaylen Brown 33
Rebs: four players 8 each[b]
Asts: Porziņģis, White 4 each
Series tied, 1–1
TD Garden, Boston, MA
Attendance: 19,156
Referees: David Guthrie, Sean Wright, JB DeRosa

Without Jimmy Butler, the Heat hit a franchise playoff-record 23 three-pointers as Miami tied the series at one game apiece. Tyler Herro had 24 points and 14 assists, hitting 6-of-11 from beyond the arc, while Bam Adebayo finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds on 69% shooting. Caleb Martin also had 21 points and five threes for the Heat, who shot 53.5% (23-of-43) from beyond the arc to bounce back after a game 1 blowout. Jaylen Brown scored 33 points for the Celtics, who lost just their fifth home game of the season, while Jayson Tatum scored 28. Boston newcomers Jrue Holiday and Kristaps Porziņģis combined for 15 points and shot 5-of-21 from the field, with Porziņģis finishing with a plus–minus of –32 in a 10-point loss.

April 27
6:00 pm
Boston Celtics 104, Miami Heat 84
Scoring by quarter: 21–12, 42–27, 24–22, 17–23
Pts: Brown, Tatum 22 each
Rebs: Jayson Tatum 11
Asts: Holiday, Tatum 6 each
Pts: Bam Adebayo 20
Rebs: Bam Adebayo 9
Asts: Highsmith, Jaquez Jr. 5 each
Boston leads series, 2–1
Kaseya Center, Miami, FL
Attendance: 20,092
Referees: James Williams, Mark Lindsay, Jacyn Goble

The top-seeded Celtics responded emphatically to their home loss with a wire-to-wire 104–84 victory over the Heat, retaking the series lead. Led by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown's 22 points each, the Celtics improved upon their defense and held Miami to a season-low 84 points. Tatum also contributed 11 rebounds and six assists, while Kristaps Porziņģis and Derrick White added 18 and 16 points respectively. The Heat, who trailed by as much as 29, struggled to find an offensive rhythm, with Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro combining on 13-of-34 (38%) from the field. With the win, the Celtics improved to 15–4 immediately following a loss this season and improved to 6–1 in their last seven road playoff games against Miami.

April 29
7:30 pm
Boston Celtics 102, Miami Heat 88
Scoring by quarter: 34–24, 19–12, 28–23, 21–29
Pts: Derrick White 38
Rebs: Jayson Tatum 11
Asts: Jrue Holiday 6
Pts: Bam Adebayo 25
Rebs: Bam Adebayo 17
Asts: Bam Adebayo 5
Boston leads series, 3–1
Kaseya Center, Miami, FL
Attendance: 19,600
Referees: John Goble, Courtney Kirkland, Mitchell Ervin

Derrick White scored a career-high 38 points to move the Celtics to the brink of the second round. White shot 15-of-26 from the field and 8-of-15 from beyond the arc for Boston, who are 28–0 all-time in playoff series after taking a 3–1 lead. Jayson Tatum contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Jaylen Brown added 17 points. Despite the win, the Celtics lost Kristaps Porziņģis in the first half to a calf injury. For the Heat, Bam Adebayo recorded a double-double with 25 points and 17 rebounds, while Tyler Herro recorded 19 points and five turnovers. Despite a 4-of-8 three-point shooting night from Caleb Martin, the rest of the Heat shot 5-of-25 from deep, as they managed under 90 points for the second consecutive game.

May 1
7:30 pm
Miami Heat 84, Boston Celtics 118
Scoring by quarter: 23–41, 23–27, 20–30, 18–20
Pts: Bam Adebayo 23
Rebs: Nikola Jović 7
Asts: Bam Adebayo 6
Pts: Brown, White 25 each
Rebs: Jayson Tatum 12
Asts: Jrue Holiday 5
Boston wins series, 4–1
TD Garden, Boston, MA
Attendance: 19,156
Referees: Marc Davis, Ben Taylor, Brian Forte

The Celtics dominated the game from start to finish, winning every quarter and blowing out the Heat for a 4–1 series win. Derrick White scored 25 points, including 5 3-pointers. Jaylen Brown also contributed 25 points, while Jayson Tatum completed a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Sam Hauser came off the bench and shot 5-of-8 from beyond the arc en route to 17 points. The Heat endured a hard time on the offensive end, making just 3 3-pointers in 29 attempts, along with an overall field goal percentage of 41.4%, as they were limited to below 90 points for the third straight game. Bam Adebayo led the scoring for them, notching 23 points in the losing effort.

This was the seventh playoff meeting between the two teams, with the Heat winning four of the first six meetings.[53]

(2) New York Knicks vs. (7) Philadelphia 76ers edit

April 20
6:00 pm
Philadelphia 76ers 104, New York Knicks 111
Scoring by quarter: 34–25, 12–33, 36–21, 22–32
Pts: Tyrese Maxey 33
Rebs: Tobias Harris 9
Asts: Joel Embiid 6
Pts: Brunson, Hart 22 each
Rebs: Josh Hart 13
Asts: Jalen Brunson 7
New York leads series, 1–0
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Attendance: 19,812
Referees: Scott Foster, Brian Forte, Sean Corbin

With the Knicks' starters struggling, the New York bench outscored the 76ers' bench 42–7, with Miles McBride, Bojan Bogdanović and Mitchell Robinson leading the way to win Game 1. McBride scored 21 points and outscored Philadelphia 13–12 in the second quarter, as he brought the Knicks out of an early 13-point deficit. Josh Hart recorded a double-double and hit multiple three-pointers late in the fourth quarter, while Jalen Brunson had seven rebounds and seven assists. A hobbled Joel Embiid scored 29 points, alongside eight rebounds and six assists, while Tyrese Maxey had a game-high 33 points. Despite a higher field goal percentage, the Sixers were outrebounded, as they conceded 23 offensive rebounds to New York.

April 22
7:30 pm
Philadelphia 76ers 101, New York Knicks 104
Scoring by quarter: 25–18, 28–31, 21–30, 27–25
Pts: Tyrese Maxey 35
Rebs: Joel Embiid 10
Asts: Tyrese Maxey 10
Pts: Jalen Brunson 24
Rebs: Josh Hart 15
Asts: Jalen Brunson 6
New York leads series, 2–0
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Attendance: 19,812
Referees: John Goble, Courtney Kirkland, Gediminas Petraitis

In a dramatic turnaround, the Knicks overcame a five-point deficit in the final 30 seconds to win 104–101 and take a 2–0 series lead. After Kyle Lowry missed his second free throw, Jalen Brunson, who was previously 7-for-28 from the field and 0-of-5 from beyond the arc, hit a three-pointer that bounced on the rim and dropped in. Following the inbound to Tyrese Maxey, Josh Hart stole the ball and kicked it out to Donte DiVincenzo, who missed a three-pointer, but an offensive rebound by Isaiah Hartenstein found the ball back in DiVincenzo's hands, who drained a go-ahead three with 13 seconds left. Maxey then missed a driving layup, New York made two free throws, and the Knicks secured the victory after Joel Embiid's three-point attempt missed at the buzzer. Maxey, battling flu-like symptoms, tallied 35 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds, while Embiid finished with 34 points and 10 rebounds.

April 25
7:30 pm
New York Knicks 114, Philadelphia 76ers 125
Scoring by quarter: 29–27, 29–28, 27–43, 29–27
Pts: Jalen Brunson 39
Rebs: Mitchell Robinson 7
Asts: Jalen Brunson 13
Pts: Joel Embiid 50
Rebs: Joel Embiid 8
Asts: Tyrese Maxey 7
New York leads series, 2–1
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Attendance: 21,116
Referees: Zach Zarba, James Williams, Kevin Cutler

After vowing the 76ers were “going to win this series”, Joel Embiid scored a playoff career-high 50 points, with 18 of them coming in a decisive third quarter to win 125–114. Embiid, who's been battling Bell's palsy, was 13-of-19 from the floor, made 19-of-21 free throws, and hit five three-pointers, with four of them coming during Philadelphia's 43–27 third quarter. Tyrese Maxey finished with 25 points, and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 15 points on 75% shooting. Jalen Brunson led the Knicks with 39 points and 13 assists on an improved 48% from the field, while Josh Hart and OG Anunoby recorded 20 and 17 points, respectively. Mitchell Robinson also had seven rebounds before getting injured following a controversial flagrant foul from Embiid.

April 28
1:00 pm
New York Knicks 97, Philadelphia 76ers 92
Scoring by quarter: 17–27, 30–22, 30–27, 20–16
Pts: Jalen Brunson 47
Rebs: Josh Hart 17
Asts: Jalen Brunson 10
Pts: Joel Embiid 27
Rebs: Joel Embiid 10
Asts: Kyle Lowry 7
New York leads series, 3–1
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Attendance: 21,048
Referees: David Guthrie, Sean Wright, Justin Van Duyne

Jalen Brunson scored 47 points, setting a Knicks franchise playoff record en route to securing a commanding 3–1 series lead back to New York. Brunson shot 18-of-34 from the field and finished with an assist-turnover ratio of 10 to 1, as he surpassed the 46 points scored by Bernard King in 1984. Josh Hart had zero field goals but finished with a playoff career-high 17 rebounds, while OG Anunoby had a double-double of 16 points and 14 boards. Joel Embiid had 27 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists, but shot 0-of-5 from the field in the fourth quarter and finished the game 7-of-19. Tyrese Maxey scored 23 and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 19 points as the Sixers shot 29-of-82 (35%) from the floor, their second-lowest percentage of the season.

April 30
7:00 pm
Philadelphia 76ers 112, New York Knicks 106 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 26–17, 17–32, 26–21, 28–27, Overtime: 15–9
Pts: Tyrese Maxey 46
Rebs: Joel Embiid 16
Asts: Joel Embiid 10
Pts: Jalen Brunson 40
Rebs: Josh Hart 9
Asts: Jalen Brunson 6
New York leads series, 3–2
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Attendance: 19,812
Referees: James Capers, Curtis Blair, Nick Buchert

Trailing by six with under 30 seconds and facing elimination, Tyrese Maxey converted a four-point play and hit a 35-foot game-tying three to force overtime and save the 76ers' season. Maxey finished with a playoff career-high 46 points and nine assists on 57% shooting, while Joel Embiid, who shot 7-of-19 from the field and committed nine turnovers, recorded his first playoff triple-double. Jalen Brunson had his second straight 40-point game and scored all nine of the Knicks' overtime points, but committed a crucial turnover in the waning seconds. Tobias Harris had 19 points and Kelly Oubre scored the go-ahead layup in overtime for Philadelphia, while Josh Hart and OG Anunoby tallied 18 and 17 points, respectively, for New York.

May 2
9:00 pm
New York Knicks 118, Philadelphia 76ers 115
Scoring by quarter: 36–22, 15–32, 32–29, 35–32
Pts: Jalen Brunson 41
Rebs: Josh Hart 14
Asts: Jalen Brunson 12
Pts: Joel Embiid 39
Rebs: Joel Embiid 13
Asts: Tyrese Maxey 5
New York wins series, 4–2
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Attendance: 21,093
Referees: Scott Foster, Bill Kennedy, Mark Lindsay

With the game tied at 111-111 with 26 seconds left in the fourth quarter, a wide open Josh Hart made a go-ahead three-pointer to put New York on top as they eliminated the 76ers 4-2. Jalen Brunson led the Knicks with 41 points and 12 assists on 13-of-27 shots alongside 12-of-16 free throws, his third-straight 40-point game. Hart had a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Donte DiVincenzo added 23 points for New York. For Philadelphia, Joel Embiid recorded 39 points and 13 rebounds on 12-of-25 shots, although he committed five turnovers and fouled out in the final seconds of the game. Tyrese Maxey had 17 points on 6-of-18 shots, while Tobias Harris failed to score in 29 minutes of play. Off the bench, Buddy Hield added 20 points for Philadelphia, but he overshot a potential game-tying three-pointer at the end of the game.

This was the tenth playoff meeting between these two teams, and the fifth since the Syracuse Nationals relocated to Philadelphia in 1963, with the 76ers winning six of the first nine meetings.[54]

(3) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (6) Indiana Pacers edit

April 21
7:00 pm (6:00 pm CDT)
Indiana Pacers 94, Milwaukee Bucks 109
Scoring by quarter: 21–30, 21–39, 29–14, 23–26
Pts: Pascal Siakam 36
Rebs: Pascal Siakam 13
Asts: Tyrese Haliburton 8
Pts: Damian Lillard 35
Rebs: Bobby Portis 11
Asts: Patrick Beverley 8
Milwaukee leads series, 1–0
Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
Attendance: 17,341
Referees: Zach Zarba, Tyler Ford, Marat Kogut

In his first playoff game in three years, Damian Lillard scored all 35 of his points in the first half to give the Bucks a 27-point halftime lead and ultimately secure a 1–0 series advantage without Giannis Antetokounmpo. Khris Middleton also had 23 points and 10 rebounds on 64% shooting for the Bucks, while Bobby Portis added 15 points and 11 rebounds. The Pacers, who averaged a league-high 123.3 points per game, finished with a season-low 94 points and shot 8-of-38 (21%) from three-point range. Pascal Siakam finished with a game-high 36 points and 13 rebounds on 60% shooting, center Myles Turner shot 5-for-17 from the field for 17 points and eight rebounds, while Tyrese Haliburton finished with nine points and eight assists in his playoff debut.

April 23
8:30 pm (7:30 pm CDT)
Indiana Pacers 125, Milwaukee Bucks 108
Scoring by quarter: 30–26, 30–29, 32–28, 33–25
Pts: Pascal Siakam 37
Rebs: Pascal Siakam 11
Asts: Tyrese Haliburton 12
Pts: Damian Lillard 34
Rebs: Bobby Portis 11
Asts: Khris Middleton 6
Series tied, 1–1
Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
Attendance: 17,683
Referees: Tony Brothers, James Williams, Jacyn Goble

After a tightly contested first three quarters, the Pacers used a 23–4 run in the fourth quarter to even the series at 1–1. Pascal Siakam led the Pacers with a game-high 37 points on 69.5% from the field, along with 11 rebounds. Myles Turner and Andrew Nembhard scored 22 and 20 points respectively, as the Pacers shot 55.6% in game 2 compared to 39.6% in game 1. Tyrese Haliburton also provided 12 assists for Indiana, who snapped a 10-game playoff losing streak that dated back to 2018. Damian Lillard scored 26 by halftime for the Bucks but finished with 34, continuing his second-half struggles with just eight points in two games this series. Brook Lopez scored 22 on 6-of-7 from deep, while Bobby Portis had a double-double.

April 26
5:30 pm
Milwaukee Bucks 118, Indiana Pacers 121 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 22–39, 33–28, 28–23, 28–21, Overtime: 7–10
Pts: Khris Middleton 42
Rebs: Bobby Portis 18
Asts: Damian Lillard 8
Pts: Myles Turner 29
Rebs: Tyrese Haliburton 10
Asts: Tyrese Haliburton 16
Indiana leads series, 2–1
Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Attendance: 17,274
Referees: David Guthrie, Ed Malloy, Karl Lane

Tyrese Haliburton's three-point play in the final seconds of overtime gave the Pacers their first back-to-back postseason wins since 2014. Despite shooting 8-of-22 from the field and 1-of-12 from beyond the arc, Haliburton showcased his resiliency and recorded his first playoff triple-double with 18 points, 16 assists, and 10 rebounds in Indiana's first home playoff win in six years. Pascal Siakam had 17 points and nine rebounds, while Myles Turner's playoff career-high 29 points and nine rebounds also bolstered the Pacers' effort, as they led by as much as 19 in the first quarter. Damian Lillard was hampered by injuries, finishing with 28 points on 6-of-20 from the field, while Khris Middleton stepped up for the Bucks with a playoff career-high 42 points, including a three-pointer that sent the game to overtime. Bobby Portis also had 17 points and 18 rebounds for Milwaukee.

April 28
7:00 pm
Milwaukee Bucks 113, Indiana Pacers 126
Scoring by quarter: 33–33, 31–34, 21–31, 28–28
Pts: Brook Lopez 27
Rebs: Khris Middleton 10
Asts: Andre Jackson Jr. 7
Pts: Myles Turner 29
Rebs: Siakam, Turner 9 each
Asts: Andrew Nembhard 9
Indiana leads series, 3–1
Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Attendance: 17,274
Referees: James Capers, Brian Forte, Brent Barnaky

Already without Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks also entered game four without Damian Lillard, who injured his achilles in game three. Moreover, early in the first quarter, Bobby Portis was ejected after a scuffle with Andrew Nembhard. Without three key players, Milwaukee kept the game close only trailing 67–64 by halftime. However, during the third quarter, Indiana built a 17 point lead and never looked back, taking a 3–1 series lead. Myles Turner again recorded 29 points and nine rebounds, shooting 7–9 from three, while Tyrese Haliburton added 24 points in the win. For Milwaukee, Brook Lopez finished with 27 points and nine rebounds while Khris Middleton added 25 points and 10 rebounds.

April 30
9:30 pm (8:30 pm CDT)
Indiana Pacers 92, Milwaukee Bucks 115
Scoring by quarter: 31–23, 17–30, 19–34, 25–28
Pts: Tyrese Haliburton 16
Rebs: Obi Toppin 6
Asts: Tyrese Haliburton 6
Pts: Middleton, Portis 29 each
Rebs: Khris Middleton 12
Asts: Patrick Beverley 12
Indiana leads series, 3–2
Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
Attendance: 17,341
Referees: Scott Foster, Sean Wright, Sean Corbin, Ashley Moyer-Gleich

Again, Milwaukee entered game five without Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard, looking to extend their season. Indiana held an eight point lead after the first quarter, but Milwaukee's defense responded by holding the Pacers to only 17 points in the second quarter, helping the Bucks take a 53–48 halftime lead. Milwaukee carried this momentum throughout the rest of the game, cutting Indiana's series lead 3–2 behind Khris Middleton's 29 points and 12 rebounds, as well as Bobby Portis' 29 points and 10 rebounds. Tyrese Haliburton led the Pacers with 16 points and six assists, while Myles Turner and Pascal Siakam were held to 13 and 12 points respectively.

May 2
6:30 pm
Milwaukee Bucks 98, Indiana Pacers 120
Scoring by quarter: 24–33, 23–26, 31–34, 20–27
Pts: Damian Lillard 28
Rebs: Bobby Portis 15
Asts: Patrick Beverley 5
Pts: Obi Toppin 21
Rebs: Obi Toppin 8
Asts: Tyrese Haliburton 10
Indiana wins series, 4–2
Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Attendance: 17,274
Referees: Tony Brothers, Courtney Kirkland, Justin Van Duyne, Aaron Smith

Despite being injured the past two games, Damian Lillard suited up for the Bucks hoping to extend the series to game seven. However, Indiana was able to eliminate Milwaukee 4–2 with the help from their bench, outscoring the Bucks 50–10. Off the bench for Indiana, Obi Toppin recorded a playoff career–high 21 points and eight rebounds while T. J. McConnell added playoff career–highs with 20 points, nine assists, and four steals. For Milwaukee, Lillard scored 28 points and Bobby Portis recorded 20 points and 15 rebounds. Pascal Siakam scored 19 points while Tyrese Haliburton added 17 points and 10 assists. With this win, Indiana improved to 8–3 against Milwaukee this season.

This is the third playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Pacers winning the first two meetings.[55]

(4) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (5) Orlando Magic edit

April 20
1:00 pm
Orlando Magic 83, Cleveland Cavaliers 97
Scoring by quarter: 26–33, 15–20, 17–20, 25–24
Pts: Paolo Banchero 24
Rebs: Banchero, Wagner 7 each
Asts: Paolo Banchero 5
Pts: Donovan Mitchell 30
Rebs: Jarrett Allen 18
Asts: Darius Garland 8
Cleveland leads series, 1–0
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH
Attendance: 19,432
Referees: James Williams, Mark Lindsay, Pat Fraher

The Cavaliers led wire-to-wire to take the series opener. Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, Jarrett Allen grabbed 18 rebounds, Darius Garland had eight assists, and Evan Mobley notched a double-double. Paolo Banchero, the first overall pick in 2022, scored 24 points in his playoff debut but committed nine turnovers, contributing to the Magic's offensive struggles, as they shot 33% from the field, 22% from beyond the arc, and missed 11 free throws. The Cavaliers, who are 17–1 all-time in playoff series after winning Game 1, set the tone for the game after making five three-pointers in the opening five minutes of the game, giving them an early 12-point lead that they rode for the remainder of the game.

April 22
7:00 pm
Orlando Magic 86, Cleveland Cavaliers 96
Scoring by quarter: 18–30, 26–28, 21–22, 21–16
Pts: Paolo Banchero 21
Rebs: Franz Wagner 7
Asts: Jalen Suggs 5
Pts: Donovan Mitchell 23
Rebs: Jarrett Allen 20
Asts: three players 4 each[c]
Cleveland leads series, 2–0
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH
Attendance: 19,432
Referees: James Capers, Ben Taylor, Brent Barnaky

The Magic never led for the second straight game as the Cavaliers secured a 2–0 series lead. Donovan Mitchell led Cleveland with a game-high 23 points, while Jarrett Allen grabbed a playoff career-high 20 rebounds, including nine offensive boards. Evan Mobley and Darius Garland added 17 and 15 points respectively, while Isaac Okoro provided four steals off the bench. Paolo Banchero scored 21 points for the Magic, while Franz Wagner contributed 17 of his 18 points in the first half, as the duo combined for 12 turnovers. Just like in game 1, Orlando shot a dismal 36% from the field and 9-of-35 from beyond the arc as the Magic failed to score over 90 points for the second consecutive game.

April 25
7:00 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 83, Orlando Magic 121
Scoring by quarter: 21–31, 24–30, 16–35, 22–25
Pts: Allen, LeVert 15 each
Rebs: Jarrett Allen 8
Asts: Donovan Mitchell 7
Pts: Paolo Banchero 31
Rebs: Paolo Banchero 14
Asts: Franz Wagner 8
Cleveland leads series, 2–1

After never trailing in the first two games of the series, the Cavaliers were handed the worst loss in their postseason history as the Magic won 121–83. Led by Paolo Banchero's 31 points and 14 rebounds, alongside Jalen Suggs' contribution of 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting, the Magic won their first home playoff game since 2011. Franz Wagner added 16 points and eight assists to the Magic's tally, as he and Banchero combined for zero turnovers. On the defensive end, they limited the Cavaliers to just 39% shooting from the field and 23.5% from deep. Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert led Cleveland in scoring with 15 points, while the starting backcourt of Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland combined for 18 points on 8-of-26 from the field.

April 27
1:00 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 89, Orlando Magic 112
Scoring by quarter: 23–22, 37–29, 10–37, 19–24
Pts: Jarrett Allen 21
Rebs: Allen, Mobley 9 each
Asts: Garland, Mitchell 6 each
Pts: Franz Wagner 34
Rebs: Franz Wagner 13
Asts: Paolo Banchero 5
Series tied, 2–2
Kia Center, Orlando, FL
Attendance: 18,933
Referees: John Goble, Courtney Kirkland, Kevin Cutler

Trailing by nine at halftime, the Magic opened the second half on a 41–10 run to even the series at two games apiece. With Paolo Banchero having a quiet night (nine points, five assists), Franz Wagner stepped up for Orlando, tallying 34 points and 13 rebounds on 13-of-17 shooting, as he outscored the Cavaliers by himself in the third quarter. After putting up 60 points in the first half, Cleveland struggled mightily in the second half, scoring just 29 points and enduring a scoreless drought that lasted almost seven minutes. Jarrett Allen led the Cavaliers with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Donovan Mitchell scored 18 points in the first half. However, Mitchell failed to score after halftime, going 0-of-4 from the field with four turnovers.

April 30
8:00 pm
Orlando Magic 103, Cleveland Cavaliers 104
Scoring by quarter: 23–33, 24–15, 23–27, 33–29
Pts: Paolo Banchero 39
Rebs: Wendell Carter 11
Asts: Franz Wagner 6
Pts: Donovan Mitchell 28
Rebs: Evan Mobley 13
Asts: Garland, Strus 5 each
Cleveland leads series, 3–2
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH
Attendance: 19,432
Referees: Tony Brothers, Tyler Ford, Karl Lane

In a pivotal game 5, the Cavaliers edged past the Magic 104–103, with Evan Mobley blocking Franz Wagner's layup in the final seconds to secure the victory. After the first four games had a combined eight lead changes, game 5 featured 17 lead changes. Without Jarrett Allen, Mobley filled his shoes in his absence, providing 14 points and 13 rebounds on 7-of-11 shooting, while Donovan Mitchell led Cleveland in scoring with 28 points, and Darius Garland had 17 of his 23 points in the first quarter. In his fifth career playoff game, 21-year-old Paolo Banchero scored 16 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter and finished 14-of-24 from the field for the Magic, who lost their seventh consecutive road game dating back to the regular season.

May 3
7:00 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 96, Orlando Magic 103
Scoring by quarter: 25–29, 24–24, 29–20, 18–30
Pts: Donovan Mitchell 50
Rebs: Morris, Strus 8 each
Asts: Darius Garland 5
Pts: Paolo Banchero 27
Rebs: Carter, Isaac 9 each
Asts: three players 4 each[d]
Series tied, 3–3
Kia Center, Orlando, FL
Attendance: 19,193
Referees: Marc Davis, Josh Tiven, Gediminas Petraitis

The Magic overcame a 50-point performance by Donovan Mitchell to defeat the Cavaliers 103–96 and force a game 7 back in Cleveland. Paolo Banchero scored nine of his 27 points during a 14–7 Orlando run to end the game, Franz Wagner had 26 points, and Jalen Suggs made six three-pointers and finished with 22 points for the Magic. Meanwhile for Cleveland, Darius Garland scored 21 points on 59% shooting, Evan Mobley had five blocks, and Mitchell shot 22-of-36 from the field and scored the Cavaliers' final 22 points, including all 18 in the fourth. Although Cleveland had a significantly higher field goal percentage, they were outrebounded and shot 7-of-28 from deep, as center Jarrett Allen missed his second straight game.

May 5
1:00 pm
Orlando Magic 94, Cleveland Cavaliers 106
Scoring by quarter: 24–18, 29–25, 15–33, 26–30
Pts: Paolo Banchero 38
Rebs: Paolo Banchero 16
Asts: Franz Wagner 6
Pts: Donovan Mitchell 39
Rebs: Evan Mobley 16
Asts: Donovan Mitchell 5
Cleveland wins series, 4–3
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH
Attendance: 19,432
Referees: John Goble, Bill Kennedy, Kevin Scott

The Cavaliers overcame an 18-point first-half deficit and advanced to the conference semifinals for the first time in six years, and the first time without LeBron James on their roster since 1993. Trailing 49–31 midway through the second quarter, Cleveland rallied behind Donovan Mitchell, who finished with 39 points and nine rebounds on 41% from the field. Down by ten at halftime, the Cavaliers held the Magic to just 4-of-24 from the field in the third quarter, as Mitchell outscored them 17–15 in the period. Darius Garland scored 10 of his 12 points in the final quarter, Caris LeVert scored 15 off the bench, and Evan Mobley tallied five blocks and 16 rebounds. Paolo Banchero's 38-point effort for Orlando, particularly his 24 points in the first half, wasn't enough as he struggled shooting 27% in the second half. His co-stars did not fare well either, as Franz Wagner and Jalen Suggs combined to shoot 3-of-28 from the field.

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Magic winning the first meeting.[56]

Western Conference first round edit

(1) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (8) New Orleans Pelicans edit

April 21
9:30 pm (8:30 pm CDT)
New Orleans Pelicans 92, Oklahoma City Thunder 94
Scoring by quarter: 17–17, 26–26, 25–31, 24–20
Pts: Trey Murphy III 21
Rebs: Jonas Valančiūnas 20
Asts: CJ McCollum 6
Pts: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 28
Rebs: Chet Holmgren 11
Asts: Gilgeous-Alexander, Williams 4 each
Oklahoma City leads series, 1–0
Paycom Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Attendance: 18,203
Referees: Tony Brothers, Kevin Scott, JT Orr

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's 28-point performance, including a go-ahead basket in the final minute, secured the Thunder's first home playoff win in five years. Rookie Chet Holmgren delivered a double-double to go along with five blocks, while Jalen Williams provided 19 points. For New Orleans, CJ McCollum had 20 points, Trey Murphy III finished with a team-high 21 points, and Jonas Valančiūnas grabbed 20 rebounds in addition to his 13 points. The game stayed close with 20 lead changes and 13 ties, as no team held a lead bigger than 10. After a Holmgren free throw made it a two-point game with 14 seconds left, Thunder rookie Cason Wallace forced McCollum into a difficult three-pointer that missed as time expired.

April 24
9:30 pm (8:30 pm CDT)
New Orleans Pelicans 92, Oklahoma City Thunder 124
Scoring by quarter: 22–35, 28–28, 24–29, 18–32
Pts: Jonas Valančiūnas 19
Rebs: Jonas Valančiūnas 7
Asts: CJ McCollum 4
Pts: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 33
Rebs: Chet Holmgren 7
Asts: Jalen Williams 7
Oklahoma City leads series, 2–0
Paycom Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Attendance: 18,203
Referees: James Capers, Tyler Ford, Pat Fraher

After playing a tightly contested game against the eighth seed in game 1, the Thunder routed the Pelicans 124–92 to seize a 2–0 series lead. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Oklahoma City onslaught with 33 points on 13-of-19 from the field, while rookie Chet Holmgren had 26 points and seven rebounds on 9-of-13 shooting. Jalen Williams added 21 points and seven assists for the Thunder, who shot 59% from the field and made 14-of-29 three-pointers. On the defensive end, they held New Orleans to under 95 points for the second straight game and forced 18 turnovers, converting them into 22 points. Jonas Valančiūnas led the Pelicans in scoring with 19, while Brandon Ingram and Herbert Jones both finished with 18 points.

April 27
3:30 pm (2:30 pm CDT)
Oklahoma City Thunder 106, New Orleans Pelicans 85
Scoring by quarter: 23–19, 37–27, 25–23, 21–16
Pts: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 24
Rebs: Jalen Williams 9
Asts: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 8
Pts: Brandon Ingram 19
Rebs: Larry Nance Jr. 13
Asts: CJ McCollum 7
Oklahoma City leads series, 3–0
Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
Attendance: 18,659
Referees: Marc Davis, Mitchell Ervin, Gediminas Petraitis

The young top-seeded Thunder continued their dominance over the Pelicans to take a commanding 3–0 series lead. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 24 points, eight assists, and four steals, while Jalen Williams and Josh Giddey each contributed 21 points. Chet Holmgren also had eight rebounds and four blocks as Oklahoma City connected on 47% of their three-point attempts, hitting 17-of-36 shots from deep. Brandon Ingram led the Pelicans with 19 points, followed by CJ McCollum with 16 points on 7-of-22 shooting. New Orleans continued to struggle from long range, as they shot under 30% from beyond the arc for the third consecutive game, and they committed 21 turnovers that turned into 23 Thunder points.

April 29
8:30 pm (7:30 pm CDT)
Oklahoma City Thunder 97, New Orleans Pelicans 89
Scoring by quarter: 21–21, 23–22, 26–28, 27–18
Pts: Gilgeous-Alexander, Williams 24 each
Rebs: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 10
Asts: Chet Holmgren 5
Pts: CJ McCollum 20
Rebs: Jonas Valančiūnas 13
Asts: Brandon Ingram 6
Oklahoma City wins series, 4–0
Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
Attendance: 18,487
Referees: Josh Tiven, Bill Kennedy, Ed Malloy

Oklahoma City closed the series out on a 22–9 run as the Thunder swept a playoff opponent for the first time since their NBA Finals run in 2012. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Jalen Williams scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter. Chet Holmgren and Josh Giddey each scored 14 points as the Thunder became the youngest team to win a playoff series. CJ McCollum scored 20 for the Pelicans, who continued their poor three-point shooting, making just 8-of-34 (23%) shots from deep, with Naji Marshall hitting half of them. Jonas Valančiūnas had 19 points and 13 boards but was limited by foul trouble, while Brandon Ingram shot 2-of-14 for the game and finished the series shooting 34% from the field.

This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams.[57]

(2) Denver Nuggets vs. (7) Los Angeles Lakers edit

April 20
8:30 pm (6:30 pm MDT)
Los Angeles Lakers 103, Denver Nuggets 114
Scoring by quarter: 33–25, 27–32, 18–32, 25–25
Pts: Anthony Davis 32
Rebs: Anthony Davis 14
Asts: LeBron James 8
Pts: Nikola Jokić 32
Rebs: Nikola Jokić 12
Asts: Jamal Murray 10
Denver leads series, 1–0
Ball Arena, Denver, CO
Attendance: 19,731
Referees: John Goble, Mitchell Ervin, Nick Buchert

In a rematch of last year's Western Conference Finals, the Nuggets won their ninth consecutive game against the Lakers, fueled by Nikola Jokić's 32 points and 12 rebounds on 65% from the field. Jamal Murray contributed 22 points and 10 assists, as the two-man game of Jokić and Murray yielded 17 assists to zero turnovers. Aaron Gordon secured a double-double while Michael Porter Jr. finished with 19 points and eight rebounds. On the Lakers' side, LeBron James scored 27 points and Anthony Davis added 32, as Los Angeles led for the majority of the first half. But a 13–0 run late in the third quarter by the Nuggets, which included three Kentavious Caldwell-Pope three-pointers, allowed them to seize control of the game.

April 22
10:00 pm (8:00 pm MDT)
Los Angeles Lakers 99, Denver Nuggets 101
Scoring by quarter: 28–24, 31–20, 20–25, 20–32
Pts: Anthony Davis 32
Rebs: Anthony Davis 11
Asts: LeBron James 12
Pts: Nikola Jokić 27
Rebs: Nikola Jokić 20
Asts: Nikola Jokić 10
Denver leads series, 2–0
Ball Arena, Denver, CO
Attendance: 19,711
Referees: Scott Foster, Curtis Blair, Sean Wright

The Nuggets came back from a 20-point deficit to win it at the buzzer. The Lakers dominated the first half, cruising to a 59–44 lead at halftime. However, Denver, led by Nikola Jokić's 27-point, 20-rebound triple-double, fought their way back into the game. Michael Porter Jr. scored 22 points and made a game-tying three-pointer with 1:15 to go. LeBron James tried a wide-open three with the score at 99–99, but it rimmed out. The Nuggets secured the rebound, and Jamal Murray scored the game-winning fadeaway jump shot over Anthony Davis. Murray, who was 3-of-16 in the first three quarters, shot 6-of-8 and scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter. Davis led the scoring for the Lakers, tallying 32 points and 11 rebounds, but did not record a point in the fourth quarter. D'Angelo Russell made seven three-pointers after shooting 1-of-9 from deep in game 1, while James notched 26 points and 12 assists.

April 25
10:00 pm (7:00 pm PDT)
Denver Nuggets 112, Los Angeles Lakers 105
Scoring by quarter: 23–33, 26–20, 34–22, 29–30
Pts: Aaron Gordon 29
Rebs: Gordon, Jokić 15 each
Asts: Jokić, Murray 9 each
Pts: Anthony Davis 33
Rebs: Anthony Davis 15
Asts: LeBron James 9
Denver leads series, 3–0
Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, CA
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Marc Davis, Josh Tiven, Mark Lindsay

The defending champions came away with their 11th straight win over the Lakers to take a commanding 3–0 series lead. Aaron Gordon led the Nuggets with a playoff career-high 29 points and 15 rebounds, while Nikola Jokić shot 9-of-13 from the field and finished one assist shy of a triple-double. Jamal Murray contributed 22 points, and Michael Porter Jr. added 20 for Denver, who have trailed by double-digits in every game this series. Anthony Davis posted 33 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, LeBron James contributed 26 points and nine assists, while Austin Reaves scored 22. Los Angeles missed 15 of their first 16 three-point attempts, and only got five points combined from starters D'Angelo Russell and Rui Hachimura.

April 27
8:30 pm (5:30 pm PDT)
Denver Nuggets 108, Los Angeles Lakers 119
Scoring by quarter: 23–28, 25–33, 32–30, 28–28
Pts: Nikola Jokić 33
Rebs: Nikola Jokić 14
Asts: Nikola Jokić 14
Pts: LeBron James 30
Rebs: Anthony Davis 23
Asts: Davis, Reaves 6 each
Denver leads series, 3–1
Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, CA
Attendance: 18,997
Referees: Zach Zarba, Tyler Ford, Sean Corbin

In danger of getting swept by the Nuggets for the second straight year, the Lakers responded with a wire-to-wire win in game 4, forcing the series back to Denver and snapping their 11-game losing streak against the Nuggets. LeBron James led the way with 30 points, Anthony Davis had 25 points and a game-high 23 rebounds, while Austin Reaves and D'Angelo Russell contributed 21 points a piece. Nikola Jokić, with 33 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists, recorded his second triple-double of the series, Michael Porter Jr. contributed 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Jamal Murray scored 22 points, although he was 0-of-4 from deep. The Lakers this time were able to hold on to their double-digit advantage, never letting the Nuggets get any closer than 7 points.

April 29
10:00 pm (8:00 pm MDT)
Los Angeles Lakers 106, Denver Nuggets 108
Scoring by quarter: 24–28, 29–22, 26–31, 27–27
Pts: LeBron James 30
Rebs: Anthony Davis 15
Asts: LeBron James 11
Pts: Jamal Murray 32
Rebs: Nikola Jokić 20
Asts: Nikola Jokić 9
Denver wins series, 4–1
Ball Arena, Denver, CO
Attendance: 19,861
Referees: James Williams, Kevin Scott, Gediminas Petraitis

In a closely-contested game 5, Jamal Murray hit his second game-winner of the series, thus giving the Nuggets the series-clinching win over the Lakers. Murray led the way for the Nuggets with 32 points, 12 of which came in the fourth quarter. Nikola Jokić, although committing an uncharacteristic 7 turnovers, nonetheless finished the game with 25 points, 20 rebounds and 9 assists, narrowly missing out on his third triple-double of the series. Michael Porter Jr. stood out once again, scoring 26 points and making 5 of his 7 three-point attempts. For the Lakers, LeBron James once again lead the way with 30 points and 11 assists, Anthony Davis finished with an efficient 17 points and 15 rebounds, shooting 72.7% from the field, while Austin Reaves and D'Angelo Russell had 19 and 14 points respectively, although shot a combined 3-of-14 from three.

This was the ninth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning seven of the first eight meetings.[58]

(3) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. (6) Phoenix Suns edit

April 20
3:30 pm (2:30 pm CDT)
Phoenix Suns 95, Minnesota Timberwolves 120
Scoring by quarter: 28–27, 23–34, 21–31, 23–28
Pts: Kevin Durant 31
Rebs: Kevin Durant 7
Asts: Bradley Beal 6
Pts: Anthony Edwards 33
Rebs: Rudy Gobert 16
Asts: Mike Conley 7
Minnesota leads series, 1–0
Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Attendance: 19,478
Referees: Marc Davis, Ben Taylor, Aaron Smith

Anthony Edwards scored 18 of his 33 points in a pivotal third quarter to help the Timberwolves take a 1–0 series lead. Edwards led a 19–4 run to close the third quarter, as Minnesota held the Suns to zero field goals in the final seven minutes of the quarter. Karl-Anthony Towns chipped in with 19 points, Nickeil Alexander-Walker contributed 18 points and four steals off the bench, while Rudy Gobert anchored the defense with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Despite Kevin Durant's 31-point performance on 65% shooting for the Suns, alongside Bradley Beal's 15 points on 60% from the field, the Wolves outrebounded Phoenix 52–28 and outscored them in the paint 52–34. The Minnesota bench also outscored the Suns' reserves 41–18.

April 23
7:30 pm (6:30 pm CDT)
Phoenix Suns 93, Minnesota Timberwolves 105
Scoring by quarter: 21–24, 30–26, 20–28, 22–27
Pts: Devin Booker 20
Rebs: Jusuf Nurkić 14
Asts: Bradley Beal 6
Pts: Jaden McDaniels 25
Rebs: Rudy Gobert 9
Asts: Anthony Edwards 8
Minnesota leads series, 2–0
Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Attendance: 19,310
Referees: Zach Zarba, Josh Tiven, Dedric Taylor

Jaden McDaniels led all scorers with a playoff career-high 25 points and spearheaded another stifling defensive performance by the Timberwolves to win 105–93. Rudy Gobert and Mike Conley both contributed 18 points while Phoenix was focused on containing Anthony Edwards, who shot 3-of-12 with 15 points and eight assists. Despite Phoenix's efforts to rally, Minnesota's 11–0 fourth-quarter run solidified their second-ever 2–0 playoff series lead. The Suns' "big three" of Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, and Bradley Beal struggled, shooting a combined 18-for-45 (40%), while the Timberwolves capitalized on turnovers, scoring 31 points off 20 Phoenix errors compared to the Suns' two points from Minnesota's 14 turnovers.

April 26
10:30 pm (7:30 pm MST)
Minnesota Timberwolves 126, Phoenix Suns 109
Scoring by quarter: 34–32, 25–21, 36–20, 31–36
Pts: Anthony Edwards 36
Rebs: Rudy Gobert 14
Asts: Mike Conley 7
Pts: Bradley Beal 28
Rebs: Jusuf Nurkić 7
Asts: Devin Booker 8
Minnesota leads series, 3–0
Footprint Center, Phoenix, AZ
Attendance: 17,071
Referees: Tony Brothers, Kevin Scott, JB DeRosa

In a dominant display, Anthony Edwards propelled the Timberwolves to the brink of their first playoff series win in 20 years. Edwards scored 18 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, while Rudy Gobert had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, who never trailed. For the third consecutive game, the Wolves overwhelmed the Suns in the third quarter, highlighted by Nickeil Alexander-Walker's four three-pointers, to take a 22-point lead into the final quarter. Bradley Beal scored 28 points, Kevin Durant had 25, and Devin Booker finished with 23 points for the Suns, while the rest of the team scored just 33 points. Meanwhile, Minnesota had six players finish in double figures and dominated the boards with a 50–28 rebounding margin.

April 28
9:30 pm (6:30 pm MST)
Minnesota Timberwolves 122, Phoenix Suns 116
Scoring by quarter: 25–26, 31–35, 34–31, 32–24
Pts: Anthony Edwards 40
Rebs: Karl-Anthony Towns 10
Asts: Mike Conley 7
Pts: Devin Booker 49
Rebs: Kevin Durant 9
Asts: Devin Booker 6
Minnesota wins series, 4–0
Footprint Center, Phoenix, AZ
Attendance: 17,071
Referees: Scott Foster, Curtis Blair, Pat Fraher

The Timberwolves completed the sweep of the Suns to advance past the first round for only the second time in franchise history. The game was tied or within four points for almost the entire game, as neither team led by more than six. The Wolves were able to pull away thanks to Anthony Edwards, who scored 31 of his 40 points in the second half on 11-of-15 shooting, while Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds on 65% from the field. For Phoenix, Devin Booker scored a playoff career-high 49 points on 62% from the field and 20-of-21 from the free throw line, while Kevin Durant scored 33 points on 12-of-17 shooting. But no other player finished with double digits, as Bradley Beal fouled out after finishing with nine points and six turnovers. The victory was marred for Minnesota, as head coach Chris Finch suffered a ruptured patellar tendon after a collision with Mike Conley in the fourth quarter.[59]

This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams.[60]

(4) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (5) Dallas Mavericks edit

April 21
3:30 pm (12:30 pm PDT)
Dallas Mavericks 97, Los Angeles Clippers 109
Scoring by quarter: 22–34, 8–22, 34–31, 33–22
Pts: Luka Dončić 33
Rebs: Luka Dončić 13
Asts: Luka Dončić 6
Pts: James Harden 28
Rebs: Ivica Zubac 15
Asts: James Harden 8
LA Clippers lead series, 1–0
Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, CA
Attendance: 19,370
Referees: David Guthrie, Ed Malloy, Karl Lane

In their playoff series opener, James Harden and Ivica Zubac led the Clippers to a 109–97 victory over the Mavericks, with Harden recording 28 points and eight assists in his playoff debut for the Clippers, while Zubac achieved a playoff career-high of 20 points alongside 15 rebounds. Despite Luka Dončić's 33 points and Kyrie Irving's 31 (with 20 of those points coming on 100% shooting in the third quarter), the Mavericks had only one other player finish in double figures. Meanwhile, the Clippers, who were missing Kawhi Leonard due to injury, limited Dallas to their fewest points in a playoff half, as they held them to 22% from the field and 2-of-18 from beyond the arc in the first half to secure a commanding 26-point halftime lead.

April 23
10:00 pm (7:00 pm PDT)
Dallas Mavericks 96, Los Angeles Clippers 93
Scoring by quarter: 23–19, 22–22, 20–25, 31–27
Pts: Luka Dončić 32
Rebs: Dereck Lively II 9
Asts: Luka Dončić 9
Pts: George, Harden 22 each
Rebs: Ivica Zubac 12
Asts: James Harden 8
Series tied, 1–1
Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, CA
Attendance: 19,370
Referees: Marc Davis, Kevin Scott, Brian Forte

Luka Dončić had 32 points and nine assists, Kyrie Irving scored 23, and P. J. Washington scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to beat the Clippers 96–93. After the Mavericks led for most of the game, Dallas trailed by six with 9:32 left in the fourth quarter. The Mavericks responded by scoring 14 straight points to permanently give them the lead, with all 14 of those points coming from Dončić, Irving, and Washington. Paul George and James Harden each scored 22 points while Ivica Zubac recorded a double-double. Kawhi Leonard also had 15 points and four steals in his first game since March 31. The Clippers shot 37% from the floor and made just 8-of-30 three-pointers after shooting 50% (18-of-36) from deep in game 1.

April 26
8:00 pm (7:00 pm CDT)
Los Angeles Clippers 90, Dallas Mavericks 101
Scoring by quarter: 23–18, 18–36, 26–24, 23–23
Pts: Harden, Powell 21 each
Rebs: Kawhi Leonard 9
Asts: George, Harden 5 each
Pts: Luka Dončić 22
Rebs: Luka Dončić 10
Asts: Luka Dončić 9
Dallas leads series, 2–1
American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Attendance: 20,402
Referees: James Capers, Bill Kennedy, Justin Van Duyne

In the Mavericks' defensive-minded victory over the Clippers, Luka Dončić led the charge with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists. With Dončić struggling with his shooting efficiency, going 7-of-25 from the field and 3-of-14 from beyond the arc, his co-star Kyrie Irving poured 19 of his 21 points in the final 14 minutes of the game to keep the Clippers at bay. Despite a strong first half, James Harden's scoring output diminished in the second half for the Clippers, finishing with 21 points, while Norman Powell scored 21 off the bench. The Clippers' offense was hampered by 19 turnovers, and they also got little offensive support from Paul George and Russell Westbrook, as the pair combined for eight points on 3-of-18 shooting.

April 28
3:30 pm (2:30 pm CDT)
Los Angeles Clippers 116, Dallas Mavericks 111
Scoring by quarter: 39–16, 27–33, 16–29, 34–33
Pts: George, Harden 33 each
Rebs: George, Harden 6 each
Asts: Paul George 8
Pts: Kyrie Irving 40
Rebs: Luka Dončić 10
Asts: Luka Dončić 10
Series tied, 2–2
American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Attendance: 20,411
Referees: Tony Brothers, Ben Taylor, Nick Buchert

The Clippers squandered a 31-point lead but rallied to win, led by Paul George and James Harden, reclaiming home-court advantage. Without Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles jumped out to an early 55–24 lead as George scored 26 points of his 33 points in the first half. However, the Mavericks rallied behind Kyrie Irving, who had his first 40-point playoff game in seven years, as his layup gave Dallas the lead with 2:14 remaining. However, a step-back three by George and key floaters from Harden, who scored 15 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, secured the victory. Luka Dončić recorded his fourth playoff triple-double, while the Clippers shot 62% from beyond the arc, with George and Harden hitting a combined 11-of-15 three-pointers.

May 1
10:00 pm (7:00 pm PDT)
Dallas Mavericks 123, Los Angeles Clippers 93
Scoring by quarter: 25–24, 31–22, 33–23, 34–24
Pts: Luka Dončić 35
Rebs: Dončić, Lively II 7 each
Asts: Luka Dončić 10
Pts: George, Zubac 15 each
Rebs: Paul George 11
Asts: James Harden 7
Dallas leads series, 3–2
Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, CA
Attendance: 19,370
Referees: Zach Zarba, James Williams, Mitchell Ervin

Battling a sprained knee and an illness, Luka Dončić led the Mavericks with 35 points, seven rebounds, and 10 assists as Dallas routed the Clippers by 30 points to take a 3–2 series lead. Dončić shot over 50% for the first time this series, Maxi Kleber hit five three-pointers, and Kyrie Irving added 14 points for the Mavericks, who handed the Clippers the biggest margin of defeat in their playoff history. Ivica Zubac shot 7-of-8 from the field and Bones Hyland had 11 points in garbage time for Los Angeles. Paul George and James Harden shot a combined 6-of-25 (24%) from the field and committed seven turnovers, while Russell Westbrook continued his shooting woes, going 2-of-11 and shooting a mere 6-of-35 (17%) in his last four games.

  • Game 5 was the last Clippers home game played at Crypto.com Arena, as the team will move its home games to the Intuit Dome next season.
May 3
9:30 pm (8:30 pm CDT)
Los Angeles Clippers 101, Dallas Mavericks 114
Scoring by quarter: 26–34, 26–18, 20–35, 29–27
Pts: Norman Powell 20
Rebs: George, Zubac 11 each
Asts: James Harden 13
Pts: Kyrie Irving 30
Rebs: Dereck Lively II 9
Asts: Luka Dončić 13
Dallas wins series, 4–2
American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Attendance: 20,625
Referees: John Goble, Tyler Ford, Sean Wright

Luka Dončić set the tone by scoring 18 of his 28 points in the first half, and Kyrie Irving closed out the Clippers by scoring 28 of his 30 points in the second half as the Mavericks advanced to the Western semifinals for the second time in three years. Dončić finished with 13 assists but struggled with his shooting, going 9-of-26 from the field and missing nine of his 10 three-pointers, while Irving shot 10-of-13 from the field after halftime, as he improved to 13–0 in series-clinching games for his career. For the Clippers, Norman Powell had 20 points off the bench and Ivica Zubac recorded his third double-double of the series, while Paul George and James Harden continued to struggle, combining for 34 points on 32% (11-of-34) shooting.

This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Clippers winning the first two meetings.[61]

Conference semifinals edit

Note: Times are EDT (UTC−4) as listed by NBA. If the venue is located in a different time zone, the local time is also given.

Eastern Conference semifinals edit

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (4) Cleveland Cavaliers edit

May 7
7:00 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 95, Boston Celtics 120
Scoring by quarter: 34–40, 15–19, 28–33, 18–28
Pts: Donovan Mitchell 33
Rebs: Evan Mobley 13
Asts: Garland, Mitchell 5 each
Pts: Jaylen Brown 32
Rebs: Jayson Tatum 11
Asts: Tatum, White 5 each
Boston leads series, 1–0
TD Garden, Boston, MA
Attendance: 19,156
Referees: Scott Foster, Curtis Blair, Mitchell Ervin

Jaylen Brown scored 32 points on 12-of-18 from the field, while Derrick White made 7-of-12 three-pointers and finished with 25 points as the Celtics cruised to a 120–95 victory in the series opener. Jayson Tatum added 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Payton Pritchard added 16 points off the bench as Boston improved to 20–0 this season when holding their opponent to fewer than 100 points. Donovan Mitchell provided a game-high 33 points for the Cavaliers, while Evan Mobley shot 8-of-12 from the field and finished with a double-double. Darius Garland finished with 14 points as Cleveland struggled from long range, shooting just 11-of-42, while the Celtics capitalized and shot a more efficient 18-of-46 from beyond the arc.

May 9
7:00 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 118, Boston Celtics 94
Scoring by quarter: 30–24, 24–30, 36–24, 28–16
Pts: Donovan Mitchell 29
Rebs: Evan Mobley 10
Asts: Donovan Mitchell 8
Pts: Jayson Tatum 25
Rebs: Jayson Tatum 7
Asts: Jayson Tatum 6
Series tied, 1–1
TD Garden, Boston, MA
Attendance: 19,156
Referees: John Goble, Bill Kennedy, Nick Buchert

After getting blown out in the opening game of the series, the Cavaliers responded with a 24-point victory over the top-seeded Celtics to even the series at 1–1. Donovan Mitchell finished with eight assists and scored 16 of his 29 points in the third quarter to push the Cleveland lead to double digits, as they led by as much as 29 points in the fourth quarter. Evan Mobley recorded his third consecutive double-double, while Caris LeVert provided 21 points off the bench as the Cavaliers shot 13-of-28 (46%) from beyond the arc. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown finished with 25 and 19 points, respectively, while Derrick White struggled, managing only 10 points as he and Brown shot a combined 1-of-14 (7%) from three-point range.

May 11
8:30 pm
Boston Celtics 106, Cleveland Cavaliers 93
Scoring by quarter: 30–28, 27–20, 27–21, 22–24
Pts: Jayson Tatum 33
Rebs: Jayson Tatum 13
Asts: Jayson Tatum 6
Pts: Donovan Mitchell 33
Rebs: Evan Mobley 8
Asts: Darius Garland 6
Boston leads series, 2–1
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH
Attendance: 19,432
Referees: Zach Zarba, James Williams, Mark Lindsay

Jayson Tatum registered his first 30-point game of the playoffs and Jaylen Brown (28 points) shot an efficient 13-of-17 from the floor as the Celtics reclaimed the series lead. Jrue Holiday, who had been struggling with his shooting, scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half on 70% from the field, while Tatum logged 13 rebounds and six assists. Despite a strong start from Donovan Mitchell, who scored 33 points and made seven three-pointers, the Cavaliers struggled to match the Celtics' intensity, particularly in the second half. Evan Mobley and Caris LeVert each provided 15+ points, while the rest of Cleveland's starters (Garland, Strus, and Okoro) shot a combined 30% (9-of-30) from the field and 19% (3-of-16) from beyond the arc.

May 13
7:00 pm
Boston Celtics 109, Cleveland Cavaliers 102
Scoring by quarter: 37–30, 25–27, 26–21, 21–24
Pts: Jayson Tatum 33
Rebs: Jayson Tatum 11
Asts: Holiday, Tatum 5 each
Pts: Darius Garland 30
Rebs: Evan Mobley 9
Asts: Garland, Strus 7 each
Boston leads series, 3–1
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH
Attendance: 19,432
Referees: Marc Davis, Courtney Kirkland, Tyler Ford

The Celtics beat the shorthanded Cavaliers 109–102 to take a commanding 3–1 series lead back to Boston. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for 60 points and fought off a late rally by Cleveland by scoring 15 of the Celtics' 21 fourth-quarter points. The duo also made 16-of-18 free throws, compared to just seven total free throw attempts for the Cavaliers. Jrue Holiday (16 points) hit 4-of-8 three-pointers for Boston, who improved to 4–0 on the road this postseason. Darius Garland stepped up for Cleveland, who were missing starters Donovan Mitchell and Jarrett Allen, with his first 30-point game of the playoffs. Evan Mobley and Caris LeVert each tallied 19 points, while Max Strus made 5-of-9 three-pointers before fouling out.

May 15
7:00 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 98, Boston Celtics 113
Scoring by quarter: 28–28, 24–30, 26–27, 20–28
Pts: Evan Mobley 33
Rebs: Mobley, Strus 7 each
Asts: Garland, Strus 9 each
Pts: Jayson Tatum 25
Rebs: Al Horford 15
Asts: Jayson Tatum 9
Boston wins series, 4–1
TD Garden, Boston, MA
Attendance: 19,156
Referees: Tony Brothers, David Guthrie, Ben Taylor

The shorthanded Cavaliers were unable to overcome the Celtics as they were eliminated 113–98. Jayson Tatum scored 25 points and made 4 steals but was one assist shy of a triple-double while also becoming the second player since 1973 to lead both teams in a playoff series in total points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks after Lebron James did it in the 2016 NBA Finals. Meanwhile Al Horford sunk 6 three-pointers and tallied 15 rebounds and 3 blocks. Derrick White added 18 points. Evan Mobley tied his season-high with 33 points as Cleveland were left without Donovan Mitchell, Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert. Marcus Morris Sr., who barely saw playing time throughout the playoffs, had a breakout performance with 25 points on 10-of-13 (77%) shooting and made 5 three-pointers. Darius Garland struggled, making only 4-of-17 (24%) for 11 points.

This was the ninth playoff meeting between these two teams, with each team winning four series apiece.[62]

(2) New York Knicks vs. (6) Indiana Pacers edit

May 6
7:30 pm
Indiana Pacers 117, New York Knicks 121
Scoring by quarter: 24–27, 31–22, 32–33, 30–39
Pts: Myles Turner 23
Rebs: three players 6 each[e]
Asts: Tyrese Haliburton 8
Pts: Jalen Brunson 43
Rebs: Josh Hart 13
Asts: Josh Hart 8
New York leads series, 1–0
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Attendance: 19,812
Referees: Zach Zarba, Tyler Ford, Sean Wright

Jalen Brunson recorded his fourth consecutive 40-point game and rallied the Knicks from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win the series opener. Brunson scored 21 of his 43 points in the fourth quarter, Donte DiVincenzo scored 25 points and hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 40 seconds remaining, while Josh Hart shot 69% from the field, finishing with 24 points and 13 rebounds in 48 minutes played. Myles Turner finished with a team-high 23 points for the Pacers, while Pascal Siakam finished with 19 points as Indiana got strong support from their bench, as they outscored New York's bench 46–3. Tyrese Haliburton had eight assists and four steals but finished the fourth quarter with zero points and three turnovers.

May 8
8:00 pm
Indiana Pacers 121, New York Knicks 130
Scoring by quarter: 36–36, 37–27, 18–36, 30–31
Pts: Tyrese Haliburton 34
Rebs: Pascal Siakam 9
Asts: T. J. McConnell 12
Pts: Jalen Brunson 29
Rebs: Josh Hart 15
Asts: Isaiah Hartenstein 8
New York leads series, 2–0
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Attendance: 19,812
Referees: Marc Davis, Josh Tiven, JB DeRosa

After missing the entire second quarter due to a foot injury and trailing by ten at halftime, Jalen Brunson's return in the second half sparked a 21–4 run and propelled the Knicks to a 2–0 series lead. Brunson scored 29 points and shot 11-of-18 from the field, while OG Anunoby had 28 points before leaving in the third quarter with a hamstring injury. Donte DiVincenzo also finished with 28 points, Isaiah Hartenstein had a double-double with eight assists, and Josh Hart played all 48 minutes and finished with 15 rebounds on 8-of-12 from the field. For the Pacers, Tyrese Haliburton rebounded from a six-point performance in game 1 with 34 points and nine assists, while the Indiana bench provided 46 points for the second straight game.

May 10
7:00 pm
New York Knicks 106, Indiana Pacers 111
Scoring by quarter: 20–29, 38–34, 32–22, 16–26
Pts: Donte DiVincenzo 35
Rebs: Josh Hart 18
Asts: Jalen Brunson 6
Pts: Tyrese Haliburton 35
Rebs: Myles Turner 10
Asts: Tyrese Haliburton 7
New York leads series, 2–1
Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Attendance: 17,274
Referees: James Capers, Kevin Scott, Brent Barnaky

Andrew Nembhard, who had been scoreless through 46 minutes, hit a 31-foot, go-ahead three-pointer with 16 seconds to go, giving the Pacers a critical 111–106 victory. Tyrese Haliburton finished with 35 points and seven assists, as he rallied Indiana from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to avoid a 3–0 series deficit. Pascal Siakam shined with 26 points and seven rebounds on 9-of-14 shooting, while Myles Turner contributed 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Pacers improved to 4–0 at home this postseason. Donte DiVincenzo led the Knicks, who were without OG Anunoby, with 35 points and seven three-pointers, backed by Josh Hart's 18 rebounds and Jalen Brunson's 26 points. Alec Burks, who had played one minute this postseason coming into game 3, provided 14 points off the bench, while Brunson's potential game-tying three-point attempt barely grazed the rim, securing the Pacers' victory.

May 12
3:30 pm
New York Knicks 89, Indiana Pacers 121
Scoring by quarter: 14–34, 27–35, 22–32, 26–20
Pts: Alec Burks 20
Rebs: Achiuwa, Sims 6 each
Asts: Jalen Brunson 5
Pts: Tyrese Haliburton 20
Rebs: Aaron Nesmith 12
Asts: T. J. McConnell 10
Series tied, 2–2
Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Attendance: 17,274
Referees: Tony Brothers, Ben Taylor, Ed Malloy

Indiana jumped out to a 20 point lead during the first quarter, and never looked back, leading by as many as 43 points in the blowout win to tie the series. The Pacers shot 57% from the field, hitting 14 threes, led by Tyrese Haliburton's 20 points, six rebounds, and five assists as well as Aaron Nesmith's 12 rebounds. Off the bench for Indiana, T. J. McConnell recorded 15 points and 10 assists with Obi Toppin providing 14 points. The Knicks struggled all game, shooting 34% from the field and 19% from three, with Jalen Brunson being the only starter to score in double digits with 18 points on 6-17 shooting and 0-5 from three. Off the Knicks' bench, Alec Burks scored 20 points and Miles McBride provided 16 points.

May 14
8:00 pm
Indiana Pacers 91, New York Knicks 121
Scoring by quarter: 32–38, 22–31, 21–27, 16–25
Pts: Pascal Siakam 22
Rebs: Pascal Siakam 8
Asts: Haliburton, McConnell 5 each
Pts: Jalen Brunson 44
Rebs: Isaiah Hartenstein 17
Asts: Jalen Brunson 7
New York leads series, 3–2
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Attendance: 19,812
Referees: James Williams, Scott Foster, Karl Lane, Gediminas Petraitis

After suffering a demoralizing blowout loss in game 4, the Knicks responded with a 30-point victory to move one win away from their first conference finals appearance in 24 years. Jalen Brunson led the charge with 44 points and seven assists, marking his fifth 40-point game of the postseason. Josh Hart recorded 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Miles McBride and Alec Burks combined for 35 points on 8-of-15 from beyond the arc. New York dominated the glass, outrebounding Indiana 53–29 and securing 20 offensive rebounds (with 12 of them coming from Isaiah Hartenstein) that led to 26 second-chance points. Pascal Siakam had 22 points, Myles Turner scored 16, and Tyrese Haliburton finished with 13 points on nine shot attempts.

May 17
8:30 pm
New York Knicks 103, Indiana Pacers 116
Scoring by quarter: 30–29, 21–32, 24–27, 28–28
Pts: Jalen Brunson 31
Rebs: Achiuwa, Hart 8 each
Asts: Isaiah Hartenstein 6
Pts: Pascal Siakam 25
Rebs: Myles Turner 8
Asts: Tyrese Haliburton 9
Series tied, 3–3
Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Attendance: 17,274
Referees: Zach Zarba, John Goble, David Guthrie

Pascal Siakam finished with 25 points and seven rebounds, Myles Turner posted 17 points and eight rebounds, and the Pacers improved to 6–0 at home this postseason to force a decisive game 7. Haliburton, Nembhard, and McConnell each scored 15 points and combined for an assist-turnover ratio of 19 to 2. Indiana also held a 47–35 rebounding edge and dominated the Knicks in the paint 62–38, as they led by as much as 23 points in the second half. Jalen Brunson tallied 31 points and five assists on 11-of-26 from the field, but missed his final 11 shots in the first half. Miles McBride and Donte DiVincenzo scored 20 and 17 points, respectively, while Josh Hart was forced out of the game due to an abdominal injury.

May 19
3:30 pm
Indiana Pacers 130, New York Knicks 109
Scoring by quarter: 39–27, 31–28, 31–29, 29–25
Pts: Tyrese Haliburton 26
Rebs: three players 5 each[f]
Asts: T. J. McConnell 7
Pts: Donte DiVincenzo 39
Rebs: Hart, Hartenstein 8 each
Asts: Jalen Brunson 9
Indiana wins series, 4–3
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Attendance: 19,812
Referees: Marc Davis, James Capers, Bill Kennedy

After the home team won the first six games, the Pacers went on the road and shot a playoff record 67.1% from the field to advance to their first conference finals in ten years. Indiana led by 22 points in the second quarter, and although the Knicks got within six in the second half, the Pacers ultimately prevailed and overcame their first-ever 0–2 series deficit. Tyrese Haliburton had 26 points, while Pascal Siakam and Myles Turner recorded 20 and 17 points, respectively. Andrew Nembhard and Aaron Nesmith combined for 39 points on 16-of-18 shooting, and T. J. McConnell tallied seven assists. A hobbled OG Anunoby and Josh Hart started for New York, but Anunoby exited in the first quarter, and Jalen Brunson (17 points) left in the second half with a broken hand, adding to the Knicks' injury woes. Donte DiVincenzo scored 39 points on 9-of-15 from deep, and Alec Burks added 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting.

This was the eighth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Pacers winning four of the first seven meetings.[63]

Western Conference semifinals edit

(1) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (5) Dallas Mavericks edit

May 7
9:30 pm (8:30 pm CDT)
Dallas Mavericks 95, Oklahoma City Thunder 117
Scoring by quarter: 23–23, 30–39, 26–27, 16–28
Pts: Kyrie Irving 20
Rebs: Daniel Gafford 11
Asts: Luka Dončić 9
Pts: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 29
Rebs: Gilgeous-Alexander, Williams 9 each
Asts: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 9
Oklahoma City leads series, 1–0
Paycom Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Attendance: 18,203
Referees: Tony Brothers, Ben Taylor, Brian Forte

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 29 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists as the Thunder routed the Mavericks 117–95 to secure the series opener. Chet Holmgren added 19 points and seven rebounds, Jalen Williams scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, while Aaron Wiggins scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half to help Oklahoma City improve to 5–0 this postseason. Dallas cut the Thunder lead to nine with 8:29 left in the fourth quarter, but Oklahoma City responded with a 15–2 run that prompted the Mavericks to empty their bench. Kyrie Irving scored 20 points and Daniel Gafford posted a double-double with five blocks, while Luka Dončić struggled, finishing with 19 points and five turnovers on 6-of-19 from the field.

May 9
9:30 pm (8:30 pm CDT)
Dallas Mavericks 119, Oklahoma City Thunder 110
Scoring by quarter: 36–32, 32–30, 31–27, 20–21
Pts: Dončić, Washington 29 each
Rebs: P. J. Washington 11
Asts: Kyrie Irving 11
Pts: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 33
Rebs: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 12
Asts: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 8
Series tied, 1–1
Paycom Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Attendance: 18,203
Referees: Scott Foster, James Williams, Ed Malloy

Led by Luka Dončić and P. J. Washington's 29 points each, the Mavericks improved to 3–0 following a loss this postseason and leveled the series at one game apiece. Maintaining control throughout the first half, Dallas briefly lost the lead in the third quarter but regained control with a 15–2 run, as the Thunder never got closer than four points. Dončić and Washington combined to shoot 12-of-19 (63%) from beyond the arc, while Kyrie Irving tallied 11 assists and Tim Hardaway Jr. provided a spark off the bench with 17 points. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led Oklahoma City with 33 points, 12 boards, and eight assists, while Jalen Williams added 20 points for the Thunder, who allowed more than 100 points for the first time this postseason.

May 11
3:30 pm (2:30 pm CDT)
Oklahoma City Thunder 101, Dallas Mavericks 105
Scoring by quarter: 23–26, 29–25, 26–31, 23–23
Pts: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 31
Rebs: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 10
Asts: Jalen Williams 8
Pts: P. J. Washington 27
Rebs: Luka Dončić 15
Asts: Kyrie Irving 7
Dallas leads series, 2–1
American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Attendance: 20,325
Referees: John Goble, Bill Kennedy, Gediminas Petraitis

The Mavericks, led by their trio of Dončić, Irving, and Washington, protected homecourt and secured a 2–1 series lead over the top-seeded Thunder. Dončić contributed 22 points and 15 boards while Irving finished with 22 points and seven assists, as the pair made key plays down the stretch. Washington scored 27 points and spearheaded a 16–0 run in the third quarter that gave Dallas a lead they wouldn't relinquish, while rookie Dereck Lively II, being fouled intentionally in the fourth quarter, finished 8-of-12 on free throws. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander tallied 31 points and five blocks, but shot 1-of-6 and committed three turnovers in the final quarter, while Jalen Williams and Chet Holmgren finished with 16 and 13 points, respectively.

May 13
9:30 pm (8:30 pm CDT)
Oklahoma City Thunder 100, Dallas Mavericks 96
Scoring by quarter: 20–30, 23–24, 22–15, 35–27
Pts: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 34
Rebs: Holmgren, Williams 9 each
Asts: Jalen Williams 6
Pts: P. J. Washington 21
Rebs: Dončić, Washington 12 each
Asts: Luka Dončić 10
Series tied, 2–2
American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Attendance: 20,607
Referees: Zach Zarba, David Guthrie, Curtis Blair

In a critical game 4, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a playoff career-high 34 points and orchestrated a 20–10 run to end the game as the Thunder tied the series. Oklahoma City also got clutch three-pointers from Chet Holmgren (18 points) and Luguentz Dort (17 points), as they surged back from a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Despite a triple-double from Luka Dončić, he and Kyrie Irving struggled shooting, combining for 27 points on 10-of-31 (32%) from the field. Derrick Jones Jr. added 17 points and four blocks for the Mavericks, while P. J. Washington posted 21 points and 12 rebounds. Dallas's woes were compounded by missed free throws, shooting just 52% (12-of-23) compared to 95.8% (23-of-24) from the Thunder.

May 15
9:30 pm (8:30 pm CDT)
Dallas Mavericks 104, Oklahoma City Thunder 92
Scoring by quarter: 24–22, 30–22, 25–23, 25–25
Pts: Luka Dončić 31
Rebs: three players 10 each[g]
Asts: Luka Dončić 11
Pts: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 30
Rebs: three players 6 each[h]
Asts: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 8
Dallas leads series, 3–2
Paycom Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Attendance: 18,203
Referees: James Capers, Courtney Kirkland, Jacyn Goble, Kevin Scott

After averaging just 22 points on 39% shooting over the first four games, Luka Dončić delivered a 31-point triple-double and made 12-of-22 shots to give the Mavericks a pivotal 3–2 series lead heading back to Dallas. On the road facing a hostile crowd, the Mavericks trailed by six early but seized the lead midway through the first quarter and maintained it for the rest of the game. Derrick Jones Jr. recorded 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting, Kyrie Irving added 12 points, and both P. J. Washington and Dereck Lively II notched double-doubles. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 30 points and dished out eight assists, but no one else on the Thunder scored more than 13 points, as his teammates combined to shoot 8-of-36 (22%) from deep.

May 18
8:00 pm (7:00 pm CDT)
Oklahoma City Thunder 116, Dallas Mavericks 117
Scoring by quarter: 30–23, 34–25, 26–35, 26–34
Pts: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 36
Rebs: Jalen Williams 9
Asts: Gilgeous-Alexander, Williams 8 each
Pts: Luka Dončić 29
Rebs: Dereck Lively II 15
Asts: Luka Dončić 10
Dallas wins series, 4–2
American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Attendance: 20,555
Referees: Tony Brothers, Josh Tiven, Mitchell Ervin

The Mavericks overcame a 17-point second-half deficit to reach their second conference finals in three years. Luka Dončić scored 29 points and logged his third straight triple-double, Kyrie Irving and Derrick Jones Jr. each scored 22 points, while P. J. Washington scored all nine of his points late in the fourth quarter, including go-ahead free throws with 2.5 seconds left. Dereck Lively II also grabbed 15 boards for Dallas, who shot 16-of-34 (47%) from beyond the arc and outrebounded the Thunder 47–31. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander posted a playoff-high 36 points, while Jalen Williams and Chet Holmgren had 22 and 21 points, respectively. Holmgren briefly put Oklahoma City ahead on an alley-oop with 20 seconds left, but Gilgeous-Alexander fouled Washington on a three-point shot. The Thunder lost their final timeout challenging the call, leaving them with a desperate half-court heave that missed as time expired.

This was the sixth playoff meeting between these two teams, and the fourth since the Seattle SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City in 2008, with the Thunder winning three of the first five meetings.[64]

(2) Denver Nuggets vs. (3) Minnesota Timberwolves edit

May 4
7:00 pm (5:00 pm MDT)
Minnesota Timberwolves 106, Denver Nuggets 99
Scoring by quarter: 23–25, 17–19, 33–27, 33–28
Pts: Anthony Edwards 43
Rebs: Rudy Gobert 13
Asts: Mike Conley 10
Pts: Nikola Jokić 32
Rebs: Nikola Jokić 8
Asts: Nikola Jokić 9
Minnesota leads series, 1–0
Ball Arena, Denver, CO
Attendance: 19,915
Referees: James Capers, Courtney Kirkland, Justin Van Duyne

In the Timberwolves' first conference semifinal game in 20 years, Anthony Edwards scored a franchise playoff-record 43 points, leading Minnesota to a 1–0 series lead over the defending champions. Edwards shot 17-of-29 (59%) from the field, while Naz Reid came off the bench and scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, igniting an 18–7 run that allowed Minnesota to pull away. Mike Conley tallied 14 points and 10 assists, while Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting as the Timberwolves shot 71% from the floor in the second half. Nikola Jokić had 32 points but shot under 50% from the field and finished with an assist-turnover ratio of 9 to 7, while Jamal Murray scored all 17 of his points after halftime.

May 6
10:00 pm (8:00 pm MDT)
Minnesota Timberwolves 106, Denver Nuggets 80
Scoring by quarter: 28–20, 33–15, 21–25, 24–20
Pts: Edwards, Towns 27 each
Rebs: Karl-Anthony Towns 12
Asts: Kyle Anderson 8
Pts: Aaron Gordon 20
Rebs: Nikola Jokić 16
Asts: Nikola Jokić 8
Minnesota leads series, 2–0
Ball Arena, Denver, CO
Attendance: 19,942
Referees: Marc Davis, David Guthrie, Pat Fraher

The Timberwolves stunned the Nuggets in the first half, as they jumped out to a 26-point halftime lead that they rode to take a commanding 2–0 series lead back to Minneapolis. Without Rudy Gobert, the Timberwolves still held Denver to 80 points, their fewest in any game since 2020. Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns combined for 54 points and shot 21-of-32 from the field, while Kyle Anderson, replacing Gobert in the starting lineup, had seven offensive rebounds and eight assists. Aaron Gordon led the Nuggets with 20 points, while Nikola Jokić notched 16 rebounds on 5-of-13 shooting. The rest of Denver's starters struggled, particularly Jamal Murray, finishing with eight points and four turnovers on 3-of-18 from the field.

May 10
9:30 pm (8:30 pm CDT)
Denver Nuggets 117, Minnesota Timberwolves 90
Scoring by quarter: 28–20, 28–21, 37–25, 24–24
Pts: Jokić, Murray 24 each
Rebs: Nikola Jokić 14
Asts: Nikola Jokić 9
Pts: Anthony Edwards 19
Rebs: Conley, Edwards 6 each
Asts: Mike Conley 6
Minnesota leads series, 2–1
Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Attendance: 19,733
Referees: Tony Brothers, Josh Tiven, Jacyn Goble

Trailing 2–0 in the series, the Nuggets bounced back with a dominant 117–90 road victory and handed Minnesota their first loss of the postseason. Jamal Murray, who scored two total points in the first half coming into game 3, had 18 of his 24 points in the first two quarters and set the tone for Denver, who led by as much as 34 points. Nikola Jokić shot over 50% from the field and finished an assist shy of a triple-double, while Michael Porter Jr. finished with 21 points as the Nuggets knocked down 14-of-29 (48%) three-pointers. Anthony Edwards was held to under 25 points for the first time in five games, while Karl-Anthony Towns made 4-of-5 three-pointers for the Timberwolves, who endured their largest defeat of the season.

May 12
8:00 pm (7:00 pm CDT)
Denver Nuggets 115, Minnesota Timberwolves 107
Scoring by quarter: 29–24, 35–25, 26–30, 25–28
Pts: Nikola Jokić 35
Rebs: Gordon, Jokić 7 each
Asts: Jamal Murray 8
Pts: Anthony Edwards 44
Rebs: Rudy Gobert 14
Asts: Mike Conley 9
Series tied, 2–2
Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Attendance: 19,583
Referees: Scott Foster, Kevin Scott, Karl Lane

Despite Anthony Edwards setting a franchise playoff record with 44 points, Nikola Jokić and Aaron Gordon led the Nuggets as they evened the series going back to Denver. Jokić recorded 35 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals making 15-of-26 shots, while Gordon made 11-of-12 for 27 points. Jamal Murray added 19 points and 8 assists, making a 56-foot buzzer-beating half-courter as the Nuggets led by 15 points going into halftime. Edwards made 16-of-25 shots and made five three-pointers. All Timberwolves starters plus Naz Reid scored in double-digits, although Karl-Anthony Towns shot 1-of-10 in the first half, ultimately finishing on 5-of-18 from the field. Towns and Rudy Gobert led the game's rebounding with 12 and 14 boards respectively.

May 14
10:30 pm (8:30 pm MDT)
Minnesota Timberwolves 97, Denver Nuggets 112
Scoring by quarter: 26–28, 18–22, 30–38, 23–24
Pts: Karl-Anthony Towns 23
Rebs: Rudy Gobert 11
Asts: Anthony Edwards 9
Pts: Nikola Jokić 40
Rebs: Aaron Gordon 10
Asts: Nikola Jokić 13
Denver leads series, 3–2
Ball Arena, Denver, CO
Attendance: 19,992
Referees: Bill Kennedy, Ed Malloy, John Goble

Against the number one ranked defense in the league, Nikola Jokić shot 15-of-22 (68%) from the field and finished with 40 points, 13 assists, and zero turnovers as the Nuggets took a 3–2 series lead after falling behind 0–2. Alongside Jokić's stellar performance, Jamal Murray had 16 points on 50% shooting, Aaron Gordon had a double-double, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made 4-of-5 three-pointers for Denver. Rudy Gobert tallied 18 points and 11 rebounds on 100% shooting, while Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 23 points. However, Anthony Edwards started off slow, missing 8-of-9 shots in the first half and ultimately finishing with just 18 points as the Timberwolves suffered their first three-game losing streak of the season.

May 16
8:30 pm (7:30 pm CDT)
Denver Nuggets 70, Minnesota Timberwolves 115
Scoring by quarter: 14–31, 26–28, 21–27, 9–29
Pts: Nikola Jokić 22
Rebs: Nikola Jokić 9
Asts: Jamal Murray 5
Pts: Anthony Edwards 27
Rebs: Rudy Gobert 14
Asts: Conley, Towns 5 each
Series tied, 3–3
Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Attendance: 19,187
Referees: James Williams, Marc Davis, Tyler Ford

Facing elimination, the Timberwolves held the defending champions to the fewest points scored by any team in six years and forced a game 7. Anthony Edwards posted 27 points with a +43 plus-minus, Jaden McDaniels added 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting, and Mike Conley contributed 13 points in his return from injury. Rudy Gobert, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Naz Reid combined for 38 boards, helping Minnesota outrebound Denver 62–43. The Timberwolves' bench outscored the Nuggets' reserves 36–9, including a 24–0 run in the fourth quarter that pushed the lead to 50 points. Nikola Jokić and Aaron Gordon combined for 34 points on 50% shooting, while the rest of the Nuggets shot 22%, with Jamal Murray missing 14-of-18 shots.

May 19
8:00 pm (6:00 pm MDT)
Minnesota Timberwolves 98, Denver Nuggets 90
Scoring by quarter: 19–24, 19–29, 28–14, 32–23
Pts: McDaniels, Towns 23 each
Rebs: Karl-Anthony Towns 12
Asts: Anthony Edwards 7
Pts: Jamal Murray 35
Rebs: Nikola Jokić 19
Asts: Nikola Jokić 7
Minnesota wins series, 4–3
Ball Arena, Denver, CO
Attendance: 20,022
Referees: Scott Foster, David Guthrie, Curtis Blair

On the 20th anniversary of their first conference finals berth, the Timberwolves rallied from a 20-point second-half deficit to eliminate the defending champions on the road. Although Jamal Murray's 24 first-half points gave the Nuggets a 15-point halftime lead, Minnesota surged back, as they closed the third quarter with a 28–9 run and took the lead in the fourth. Karl-Anthony Towns tallied 23 points and 12 boards, and Jaden McDaniels notched 23 points on 70% shooting as the Timberwolves finished with six players in double figures. Anthony Edwards, initially slow, finished strong with 16 points, eight boards, seven assists, and hit a three-pointer that pushed Minnesota's lead to 10 with three minutes left. Despite a combined 69 points from Murray and Jokić on 55 shot attempts, no one else on the Nuggets scored more than seven points, as Denver was held to under 100 points in all four losses this series.

This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams, with each team winning one series by four games to one.[65]

Conference finals edit

Note: Times are EDT (UTC−4) as listed by NBA. If the venue is located in a different time zone, the local time is also given.

Eastern Conference finals edit

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (6) Indiana Pacers edit

May 21
8:00 pm
Indiana Pacers 128, Boston Celtics 133 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 31–34, 33–30, 29–30, 24–23, Overtime: 11–16
Pts: Tyrese Haliburton 25
Rebs: Pascal Siakam 12
Asts: Tyrese Haliburton 10
Pts: Jayson Tatum 36
Rebs: Jayson Tatum 12
Asts: Derrick White 9
Boston leads series, 1–0
TD Garden, Boston, MA
Attendance: 19,156
Referees: Tony Brothers, David Guthrie, Tyler Ford

In a matchup between the top two scoring teams from the regular season, the Celtics rallied behind Jayson Tatum's 36 points and Jaylen Brown's clutch three-pointer to secure the series opener in overtime. Boston opened the game on a 12–0 run, but the Pacers fought back and eventually led by three with 10 seconds remaining. However, Indiana turned it over after failing to inbound the ball, and Brown hit a contested three-pointer to tie the game at 117. Tatum then orchestrated a personal 6–0 run in overtime to put the Celtics ahead for good. Brown finished with 26 points, Jrue Holiday scored a season-high 28 points, and Derrick White dished out nine assists. The Pacers had seven players finish in double figures, but struggled with 22 turnovers, which led to 32 points for Boston. Tyrese Haliburton recorded 25 points and 10 assists, while Pascal Siakam and Myles Turner combined for 47 points and 22 rebounds.

May 23
8:00 pm
Indiana Pacers 110, Boston Celtics 126
Scoring by quarter: 27–25, 24–32, 29–36, 30–33
Pts: Pascal Siakam 28
Rebs: three players 5 each
Asts: Tyrese Haliburton 8
Pts: Jaylen Brown 40
Rebs: Al Horford 10
Asts: Jrue Holiday 10
Boston leads series, 2–0
TD Garden, Boston, MA
Attendance: 19,156
Referees: Scott Foster, James Williams, Sean Wright

This is the seventh playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Celtics winning four of the first six meetings.[66]

Western Conference finals edit

(3) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. (5) Dallas Mavericks edit

May 22
8:30 pm (7:30 pm CDT)
Dallas Mavericks 108, Minnesota Timberwolves 105
Scoring by quarter: 27–33, 32–29, 23–21, 26–22
Pts: Luka Dončić 33
Rebs: Dereck Lively II 11
Asts: Luka Dončić 8
Pts: Jaden McDaniels 24
Rebs: Anthony Edwards 11
Asts: Anthony Edwards 8
Dallas leads series, 1–0
Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Attendance: 19,433
Referees: Marc Davis, Kevin Scott, Mark Lindsay

Kyrie Irving scored 24 of his 30 points in the first half, and Luka Dončić delivered 15 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Mavericks to a 1–0 series lead. In a back-and-forth contest, Dallas trailed by four with under 3:30 remaining, but a decisive 8–0 run over the next three minutes, highlighted by a go-ahead three-pointer by P. J. Washington, secured the victory. Despite a dismal 6-of-25 (24%) three-point shooting night, the Mavericks dominated the paint 62–38 and made 16-of-17 free throws, compared to 61% from the Timberwolves. Rookie Dereck Lively II had 11 boards on 4-of-4 shooting, while Dončić tallied eight assists and three steals. For Minnesota, Jaden McDaniels made 6-of-9 three-pointers and recorded over 20 points for the third consecutive game, but Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns struggled to find their rhythm, combining for 35 points on 12-of-36 (33%) from the field.

May 24
8:30 pm (7:30 pm CDT)
Dallas Mavericks 109, Minnesota Timberwolves 108
Scoring by quarter: 26–32, 22–28, 31–26, 30–22
Pts: Luka Dončić 32
Rebs: Luka Dončić 10
Asts: Luka Dončić 13
Pts: Naz Reid 23
Rebs: Rudy Gobert 10
Asts: Anthony Edwards 7
Dallas leads series, 2–0
Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Attendance: 19,636
Referees: Zach Zarba, Josh Tiven, Mitchell Ervin

Luka Dončić recorded his fourth triple-double in his last five games and drained a step-back three-pointer over the Defensive Player of the Year (Rudy Gobert) with three seconds left to give the Mavericks a 2–0 series lead heading back to Dallas.

This is the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Mavericks winning the first meeting.[67]

Statistical leaders edit

Category Game High Average
Player Team High Player Team Avg. GP
Points Joel Embiid
Donovan Mitchell
Philadelphia 76ers
Cleveland Cavaliers
50 Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers 33.0 6
Rebounds Anthony Davis Los Angeles Lakers 23 Anthony Davis Los Angeles Lakers 15.6 5
Assists Tyrese Haliburton Indiana Pacers 16 Luka Dončić Dallas Mavericks 9.3 14
Steals Kelly Oubre Jr. Philadelphia 76ers 5 LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers 2.4 5
Blocks Chet Holmgren
Evan Mobley (2×)
Daniel Gafford (2×)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Oklahoma City Thunder
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Oklahoma City Thunder
5 Chet Holmgren Oklahoma City Thunder 2.5 10

Media coverage edit

Linear television edit

ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV broadcast the playoffs nationally in the United States. For the first time, TruTV simulcasts or air alternate broadcasts of select TNT games. Each team's regional broadcaster also televises local coverage of first-round games, with the exception of weekend games on ABC. In general during the first two rounds, ABC will air Sunday afternoon games, TNT will broadcast Sunday through Wednesday night games, and ESPN will televise Friday night games (including a rare Friday Tripleheader on April 26).[68] For Thursday night games, TNT has them in the first round and ESPN in the second round. NBA TV also televises selected Monday, Tuesday and Thursday night first-round games. Saturday first- and second-round games are split by ABC, ESPN, and TNT. As per the alternating rotation, ESPN/ABC has exclusive coverage of the Eastern Conference finals while TNT has exclusive coverage of the Western Conference finals. ABC has exclusive coverage of the NBA Finals for the 22nd straight year.

Streaming edit

This is the first playoffs that the streaming service Max will have live access to TNT's games on its Bleacher Report Sports Add-on tier.[69] NBA TV games are available on NBA League Pass as part of its normal streaming service for that channel. Only selected ESPN/ABC games may stream live on ESPN+.

Sponsorship edit

For the third straight year, the playoffs will be officially known as the "2024 NBA Playoffs presented by Google Pixel". During the multiyear agreement with Google Pixel, this sponsorship provides the logo branding inside the venues and in official digital properties on-court, as well as commercial inventory during ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV's telecasts of the playoff games.[70]

Notes edit

  1. ^ The final game of the playoffs could be as early as June 14 or as late as June 23, depending on the length of the NBA Finals.[1]
  2. ^ Brown, Horford, Porziņģis, and Tatum
  3. ^ Garland, Mitchell, and Strus
  4. ^ Banchero, Fultz, and Suggs
  5. ^ Nesmith, Siakam, and Toppin
  6. ^ Nembhard, Sheppard, and Turner
  7. ^ Dončić, Lively II, and Washington
  8. ^ Dort, Gilgeous-Alexander, and Williams
  9. ^ a b c d e f If necessary

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