Sport NBA playoffs 2017: Cavs make history, Bucks obliterate Raptors, Grizzlies take Game 3

17:15  21 april  2017
17:15  21 april  2017 Source:   Sporting News

NBA playoffs 2017: Today's scores, schedule, news and live updates

  NBA playoffs 2017: Today's scores, schedule, news and live updates Get the latest NBA scoresand updated playoff schedulebelow. We'll also bring you news, updates and video highlightsbefore, during and after each game. There are three NBA playoff games Tuesday: the Bucks, who won Game 1, are at the Raptors (-7.5); the Bulls, up 1-0, are at the Celtics (-7); and the Jazz, also up 1-0 thanks to a buzzer-beater by Joe Johnson, are at the Clippers (-9).We'll keep you updated with the latest NBA scores and playoff schedule below, and also scroll down for news and highlights from each game.

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Thursday night's NBA playoff games gave us one of the greatest comebacks in postseason history, a brutal blowout and a classic visit to the "Grindhouse" in Memphis. You know, standard stuff.

The Pacers suffered a demoralizing loss at home in Game 3 against the Cavs and are on the verge of getting swept. The Bucks destroyed the Raptors to take a 2-1 lead in the East's 3-6 matchup. As for the late game, the Grizzlies fought back in Game 3 for their first win of the series, but the Spurs still hold a 2-1 advantage.

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Let's take a look at what happened in each playoff game, along with the turning points and X-factors that helped shape the final scores.

NBA playoffs 2017: Scores, schedule, news and live updates

  NBA playoffs 2017: Scores, schedule, news and live updates Get the latest NBA scoresand updated playoff schedulebelow. We'll also bring you news, updates and video highlightsbefore, during and after each game. The NBAplayoffs tip off Saturday with the defending champion Cavaliers, the No. 2-seed in the Eastern Conference, hosting the seventh-seeded Pacers at 3 p.m. ET.The second playoff game of the day features the Bucks at the Raptors at 5:30, followed by the Grizzlies at the Spurs at 8. The Jazz visit the Clippers in the final game of the night at 10:30.Check out the NBA scores and playoff schedule below, or scroll down for news and highlights from each game.

The 2017 NBA Playoffs is the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association 's 2016–17 season, which began in October 2016. The playoffs will begin on April 15, 2017 . It will end with the 2017 NBA Finals.

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NBA playoffs: Scores, highlights

Cavs 119, Pacers 114

What happened: LeBron James. That's what happened. James had 41 points (14 of 27 from the field, 6 of 12 from 3-point range), 13 rebounds and 12 assists to lead the Cavs to an unbelievable come-from-behind win. Cleveland making up a 26-point deficit tied the 2012 Clippers for the greatest comeback in NBA playoff history, and it was also the largest halftime deficit overcome in playoff history (25 points). The Pacers held a 74-49 advantage at halftime and were in complete control. The Cavs came out firing in the second half, outscoring the Pacers 70-40 behind James' absolutely brilliant performance.

Turning point: Cleveland closed the fourth quarter strong and took all of the air out of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but it was the effort in the third quarter that really got the Cavs going. They went on a 10-0 run late in the third, cutting the Indiana lead to 10 and preventing the Pacers from scoring for more than three consecutive minutes. Certainly the Pacers inexplicably turning away from the ball movement that was so successful in the first half helped the Cavs crawl back possession by possession. But give credit to LeBron and Co. for getting stops and converting on the other end.

NBA playoffs 2017: Scores, schedule, news and live updates

  NBA playoffs 2017: Scores, schedule, news and live updates Get the latest NBA scoresand updated playoff schedulebelow. We'll also bring you news, updates and video highlightsbefore, during and after each game. The NBAplayoffs tip off Saturday with the defending champion Cavaliers, the No. 2-seed in the Eastern Conference, hosting the seventh-seeded Pacers at 3 p.m. ET.The second playoff game of the day features the Bucks at the Raptors at 5:30, followed by the Grizzlies at the Spurs at 8. The Jazz visit the Clippers in the final game of the night at 10:30.Check out the NBA scores and playoff schedule below, or scroll down for news and highlights from each game.

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X-factor: Let's not even pretend there is anyone else to put here. James was simply masterful, controlling the game as only he can with a balance of timely scoring and precision passing. He put his team on his back and played 45 of a possible 48 minutes while Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love struggled (8 of 29 from the field combined) and failed to see the floor in the fourth quarter. Let's all just appreciate a signature LeBron game.

Highlight you need to see: Back when the Pacers were happy in the first half, Myles Turner had a pretty nasty slam.

And then things changed. LeBron looked like he was trying to rip the rim off the backboard here.

NBA playoffs 2017: Today's scores, schedule, news and live updates

  NBA playoffs 2017: Today's scores, schedule, news and live updates Get the latest NBA scores and updated playoff schedule below. We'll also bring you news, updates and video highlights before, during and afterThere were three NBA playoff games Monday night, and one of them was a series clincher. The Warriors completed a first-round sweep of the Trail Blazers with a 128-103 victory in Game 4 at Portland. Golden State tied an NBA playoff record with 45 points in the first quarter and was never threatened.

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Next game: Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (ABC)

Bucks 104, Raptors 77

What happened: Here's Raptors forward P.J. Tucker to explain Game 3.

Yep. The Bucks dominated this one from the start and never looked back. Toronto was completely out of sync and had no answers the entire night. Dwane Casey's squad can't play with this kind of effort again, or this series won't last long.

Turning point: Uh, at the tipoff? The Raptors shot 3 of 15 to start the game while the Bucks went 12 of 18. Toronto didn't make a shot outside of the paint until the second quarter. Milwaukee held a 32-12 lead at the end of the first, and it got worse from there.

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X-factor: Greg Monroe gave the Bucks fantastic energy and production off the bench. Monroe scored 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting and finished plus-17 in 23 minutes. He was a beast in the post on offense. He hedged out hard on screens and moved his feet on defense. This was exactly what you wanted to see out of Monroe as a Bucks fan.

NBA playoffs 2017: Las Vegas betting odds for every first-round series

  NBA playoffs 2017: Las Vegas betting odds for every first-round series Add Las Vegas oddsmakers to the latest group doubting the Boston Celtics in the 2017 NBA playoffs. The Celtics locked up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference by winning its regular-season finale, but that doesn't meanBoston is heavily favored. While some are calling the Celticsthe worst No. 1 seed in NBA history, Vegas oddsmakers made Bostonjust a-460 favorite to win its first-round series against the Chicago Bulls.MORE: Championship odds for every NBA playoff teamIn comparison, the Lebron James-ledCleveland Cavalierscheck in at huge-1200 favorites as the No. 2 seed.

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On the other side, DeMar DeRozan didn't give the Raptors much offensively. In fact, DeRozan failed to make a field goal, shooting 0 of 8 from the floor (all of his eight points came at the free-throw line) and finishing minus-23 in 31 minutes. The Bucks did not give him an inch of space, and Tony Snell in particular did a good job of harassing DeRozan on the perimeter. He can't lay another egg like this.

Cavs forward LeBron James © (Getty Images) Cavs forward LeBron James

Highlight you need to see: Giannis Antetokounmpo sends Norman Powell's shot into the crowd — oh, and he blocked it with his elbow.

Next game: Saturday at 3 p.m. ET (TNT)

Grizzlies 105, Spurs 94

What happened: David Fizdale's "take that for data" rant must have lit a fire under the Grizzlies, because they came out with something to prove. Memphis played with much more aggression and got back to its "Grit and Grind" core. The Grizz offense, which averaged 82 points and shot 39 percent from the field in the first two games of the series, put up 105 points and shot over 50 percent, including 9 of 22 from 3-point range.

Turning point: The Grizzlies took a four-point lead into the locker room at halftime, and they had no plans of giving it up when they came out for the third quarter. They started the third on an 8-0 run and won the quarter 31-17. The Spurs looked a bit sluggish, and no one stopped the bleeding, not even star forward Kawhi Leonard. The MVP candidate needed to take over at that point in the game, but he finished with only 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting after averaging 25.5 points on 17.7 field-goal attempts per game in the regular season.

Bucks played the 'Barney' theme song to introduce the Raptors

  Bucks played the 'Barney' theme song to introduce the Raptors Before Game 3 between the Bucks and the Raptors, Milwaukee tried to throw off Toronto by playing the "Barney" theme song as the team was getting introduced. The Bucks played the "Barney" theme song during the Raptors' player introductions, and it seems to have cursed Toronto pic.twitter.com/tYKkh4H5vO— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 21, 2017You could say the tactic worked, as the Bucks beat the Raptors, 104-77, to take a 2-1 series lead.MORE: LeBron, with Cavs on his back, marching toward crowning achievementThe internet had mixed reactions to the moment.Barney when he sees the Raptors after the game. pic.

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X-factor: Who else but the "Grindfather" himself? Zach Randolph showed off all of his post and midrange tricks throughout the game, scoring 21 points and snagging eight rebounds in 29 minutes. You could feel the energy increase with Randolph on the floor, and he was instrumental in that third-quarter run.

On a team level, Memphis valued every single possession. The Grizzlies turned the ball over once in the first half and five times the entire game. When you play against the No. 1 defense in the league in terms of defensive efficiency, you can't give away scoring opportunities. The Grizzlies made sure that didn't happen.

Highlight you need to see: Wayne Selden shuts the door on the Spurs with an emphatic dunk.

Next game: Sunday at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Preview: Bucks vs. Raptors .
Milwaukee hosts Toronto in Game 3 with the series tied at 1MILWAUKEE — After a pair of thrilling games in Toronto, the Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks resume their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Thursday night at Bradley Center.

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