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102
Boston Celtics  at  Milwaukee Bucks
Final  – April 22, 2018
104

Bucks Hold On, Defeat Celtics To Even Series

By Juan Pablo Aravena  

The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the visiting Boston Celtics, 104-102, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoffs at BMO Harris Bradley Center on Sunday. The Bucks (2-2) and the Celtics (2-2) engaged on quite a battle in this game, as Milwaukee knew they needed to even things up before heading back to Boston, while the visiting squad wanted to show what they can do even if they do not have some of their best players due to injury. And the Bucks started dominating the game early with a 24-17 lead after the first quarter, and made it a 16-point game at the halftime break. Boston did not give up, however, and turned things around with a huge 32-24 third quarter. They also won 35-29 in the final quarter, but their comeback attempt came up short and Milwaukee secured their second straight win at home. With that, the series tied 2-2 and we will need at least two more games to determine which franchise will advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. As it has been the trend during the entire season, once again Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for the Bucks with 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Khris Middleton made quite an impact on both ends of the court after finishing with 23 points, six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals. Malcolm Brogdon had 10 points, while Jabari Parker added 16 points, seven boards and three blocks coming off the bench. Jaylen Brown led the way for the Celtics with 34 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Jayson Tatum added 21 points, three rebounds and three assists. Al Horford chipped in with 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Terry Rozier filled the stat sheet thanks to 10 points, eight assists and five boards. Marcus Morris had 13 points off the bench.

Posted on April 22, 2018 at 4:25 PM ET

By Juan Pablo Aravena  

As it has been the trend during the entire season, once again Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for the Bucks with 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Khris Middleton made quite an impact on both ends of the court after finishing with 23 points, six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals. Malcolm Brogdon had 10 points, while Jabari Parker added 16 points, seven boards and three blocks coming off the bench. Jaylen Brown led the way for the Celtics with 34 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Jayson Tatum added 21 points, three rebounds and three assists. Al Horford chipped in with 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Terry Rozier filled the stat sheet thanks to 10 points, eight assists and five boards. Marcus Morris had 13 points off the bench.

Posted on April 22, 2018 at 4:25 PM ET

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Golden State Warriors  at  San Antonio Spurs
Final  – April 22, 2018
103

Spurs Topple Warriors, 103-90

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Golden State Warriors, 103-90, at AT & T Center on Sunday afternoon in Game 4 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series. The Warriors lead the series, 3-1. The Spurs (1-3) came into the contest knowing it could well be their last time on the floor in the 2017-18 campaign. San Antonio was once again playing without head coach Gregg Popovich (personal) as well, yet another obstacle they'd have to overcome versus a clearly superior Warriors (3-1) squad. However, they put together their best start of the series with a 30-point first quarter on their way to a 56-42 halftime lead. Naturally, Golden State didn't go quietly, chipping eight points off their deficit in the third. They would end up getting as close as 88-86 after a Kevin Durant three-pointer with 5:58 remaining, but the home squad would close out the critical win with a 15-4 run. The Spurs got it done with solid marksmanship, as they drained 45.7 percent of their 81 attempts, including an impressive 53.6 percent of their 28 tries from distance. Durant paced the Warriors with 34 points, a total he supplemented with 13 rebounds, two assists and one block. Klay Thompson was a distant second, mustering a modest 12 points on 4-for-16 shooting. He also posted five rebounds, one assist and one steal. Shaun Livingston followed with a bench-leading 10 points and added three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Draymond Green supplied nine points, 18 rebounds, nine assists and one steal. JaVale McGee turned in seven points and seven rebounds over 17 minutes. As customary, LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double that also included one steal and one block. Manu Ginobili was next with 16 points, complementing them with five assists and three rebounds. Rudy Gay registered 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Dejounte Murray accounted for 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block over 26 minutes, his most extensive playing time of the series. Kyle Anderson totaled 10 points, three rebounds and one block in 19 minutes off the bench. Patty Mills poured in nine points and added five assists and one steal. The two teams now head back to Oracle Arena for Game 5 on Tuesday evening.

Posted on April 22, 2018 at 6:30 PM ET

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Spurs put together their best start of the series with a 30-point first quarter on their way to a 56-42 halftime lead. The Warriors chipped eight points off their deficit in the third and got as close as 88-86 after a Kevin Durant three-pointer with 5:58 remaining, but San Antonio would close matters out with a 15-4 run. The Spurs drained 45.7 percent of their 81 attempts, including an impressive 53.6 percent of their 28 tries from distance. Durant paced the Warriors with 34 points, a total he supplemented with 13 rebounds, two assists and one block. Klay Thompson mustered a modest 12 points on 4-for-16 shooting while adding five rebounds, one assist and one steal. Shaun Livingston followed with a bench-leading 10 points and added three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Draymond Green's line included nine points, 18 rebounds and nine assists. JaVale McGee turned in seven points and seven rebounds over 17 minutes. LaMarcus Aldridge's 22-point, 10-rebound double-double, which also included one steal and one block, paced the Spurs. Manu Ginobili was next with 16 points, complementing them with five assists and three rebounds. Rudy Gay registered 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Dejounte Murray's contributions included 12 points, four rebounds and two assists. Kyle Anderson totaled 10 points and three rebounds. Patty Mills poured in nine points and added five assists and one steal.

Posted on April 22, 2018 at 6:34 PM ET

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Toronto Raptors  at  Washington Wizards
Final  – April 22, 2018
106

Wizards Defeat Raptors, 106-98, Even Series at 2-2

By Joel Bartilotta

The Washington Wizards defeated the visiting Toronto Raptors, 106-98, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoffs at Capital One Center on Sunday. While Toronto held the lead for the first 30 minutes of this game, Washington led when it mattered most. In fact, the Wizards overcame an 11-point hafltime deficit by outscoring the Raptors, 66-47, in the second half. Defense was key for the Wizards, as they recorded 10 steals and eight blocks while winning the turnover differential, 18-13. Washington also held Toronto to just 43 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range while the Wizards connected on 46 percent from the field and 41 percent from long range. The 23 assists recorded by the Wizards were a big part of that, with Toronto recording just 19 assists. The Raptors (2-2) got 35 points, six rebounds and six assists out of DeMar DeRozan, but he did that damage on just 10-of-29 from the field. Kyle Lowry finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. Serge Ibaka amassed seven points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Jakob Poeltl led the bench with 10 points and seven boards. The Wizards (2-2) were led by Bradley Beal, as he tallied 31 points, five rebounds and two assists. John Wall collected 27 points, six rebounds, 14 assists and three steals. Marcin Gortat and Otto Porter each provided 12 points and six rebounds apiece. Kelly Oubre Jr. led the bench with 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. These teams won't play Game 5 until Wednesday when they return to Toronto.

Posted on April 22, 2018 at 9:05 PM ET      Updated on April 22, 2018 at 9:07 PM ET

By Joel Bartilotta

Toronto looked well on their way to a 3-1 series lead when they led by 11 points at the half, but Washington was able to prevail in comeback fashion. In fact, the Wizards rode a 66-47 second half to victory, as they ended the game on a 24-8 run. Defense was key for Washington, as they recorded 10 steals and eight blocks while winning the turnover differential. 18-13. DeMar DeRozan went just 10-of-29 from the field but still led Toronto with 35 points, six rebounds and six assists. Kyle Lowry accrued 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. Bradley Beal led Washington with 31 points, five rebounds and two assists. John Wall collected 27 points, six rebounds, 14 assists and three steals. Marcin Gortat and Otto Porter each provided 12 points and five boards.

Posted on April 22, 2018 at 9:12 PM ET

104
Cleveland Cavaliers  at  Indiana Pacers
Final  – April 22, 2018
100

Cavs Stay Composed For Crucial Road Win

By Dan Bruno  

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the host Indiana Pacers, 104-100, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoffs on Sunday evening at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Cavs got out to a good start, as they played with the lead most of the first quarter and took a 30-24 lead into the second. They pushed their lead to 12 just three minutes into the second and hung on to a double-digit lead most of the way until they led 60-50 at halftime. The Pacers came out strong in the third quarter, as they used a 10-2 run to cut the deficit to just two points, with 8:53 left in the quarter. However, the Cavs kept their composure and hung on to take an 80-78 advantage in to the final frame. The Pacers kept battling the fourth. They took their first lead of the quarter just one minute into the quarter. The teams traded the lead a few times, but the Pacers held on to a 93-91 lead with 3:52 left in the game. The Cavaliers gave it one last push as Kyle Korver and LeBron James each knocked down a couple of clutch shots to put the Cavs up by six, with 1:52 to go. Despite a final gasp from the Pacers, the Cavs hung on to even the series up at 2-2, heading back to Cleveland for Game 5. LeBron James led the Cavs with 32 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks, in 46 minutes. Kyle Korver followed up with 18 points on 4-of-9 shooting, while J.R. Smith and Jordan Clarkson chipped in 12 points each. The Cavs shot 44 percent from the field, including 12-of-34 from long range. Meanwhile, seven players scored in double digits for Indiana, led by Domantas Sabonis who tallied 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting, in 25 minutes off the bench. Myles Turner and Victor Oladipo added 17 points each, while Thaddeus Young and Darren Collison added 12 points each. The Pacers shot 44 percent from the field, including 12-of-32 from long range. Game 5 will take place in Cleveland on Wednesday.

Posted on April 22, 2018 at 11:50 PM ET      Updated on April 22, 2018 at 11:55 PM ET

By Dan Bruno  

LeBron James led the Cavs with 32 points on 12-of-22 shooting, 13 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks, in 46 minutes. Kyle Korver followed up with 18 points on 4-of-9 shooting from behind the arc, and 6-of-7 from the foul line. J.R. Smith and Jordan Clarkson chipped in 12 points each. Kevin Love finished with five points on 2-of-10 shooting, 11 rebounds, two steals, one block and one assist, in 29 minutes. Meanwhile, Domantas Sabonis was the high-point man for the Pacers, with 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting, in 25 minutes off the bench. Myles Turner added 17 points three rebounds and one steal, while Victor Oladipo finished with 17 points, six rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Thaddeus Young came up big with 12 points, 16 rebounds, two steals, two blocks and one assist. Darren Collison added 12 points, eight assists and five rebounds.

Posted on April 22, 2018 at 11:54 PM ET      Updated on April 23, 2018 at 2:50 AM ET