This one’s for the home team: Clippers advance to playoffs after beating Mavericks in Game 7


Luka Doncic had 46 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds to lead the fifth-seeded Mavs, who are yet to win a playoff series since winning the NBA championship in 2011. He finished the series with 250 points, 55 rebounds and 72 assists.

Paul George added 22 points, 10 assists and six rebounds for the Clippers. Their backups outshot Dallas reserves, 27-6, getting crucial contributions from Terance Mann (13 points) and Luke Kennard (11 dots).

Trae Young and Hawks beat Sixers in Game 1

Trae young scored 25 of his 35 points in the first half as Atlanta got rid of Joel Embid and a hostile crowd and held on to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 128-124 in their first Eastern Conference semifinal.

Atlanta’s Trae Young led the Hawks with 35 points in Sunday’s Game 1 win.Matt Slocum/Associated Press

“Confidence in all these guys is high,” Young said. “We are here playing for each other. Here we have fun. Everyone is locked up.

Embiid lifted a sledgehammer as he returned from a one-game absence with a torn cartilage in his right knee. He dated the WWE star Triple H to a resounding ovation.

Young and the Hawks had the Sixers down for the jump count and trailing by 26 points.

The Sixers – playing in front of their biggest crowd of the season at 18,624 – refused to give up the field easily at home and Embiid scored back-to-back baskets that brought them within three with 1:01 to go.

Bogdan Bogdanovicwho missed all three games of the season series against the 76ers with a knee injury, stabilized the Hawks when he buried a 3 that gave them the respite they needed.

He even put his fingers to his lips and silenced the noisy crowd for good measure.

“He’s a great shooter,” Huerter said.

Nets will be without James Harden for Game 2

James Harden will miss Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Monday night with a right hamstring strain.

Brooklyn’s James Harden will miss Game 2 of the Nets-Bucks playoff series.Adam Hunger/Associated Press

Harden left Brooklyn’s 115-107 victory over Milwaukee in Game 1 on Saturday night after just 43 seconds due to an injury that plagued him during the latter part of the regular season.

He grabbed the upper part of his right leg on a drive to the basket during Brooklyn’s opening possession and checked after the Nets had to take a timeout.

The All-Star guard has missed 18 straight games and 20 of 21 games late in the season. He missed games on April 1 and 4 with what was called a strain, then returned on April 5, but only managed four minutes before returning with the injury being labeled a strain. He did not play again until May 12, missing two losses to the Bucks during that span.

The Nets said further updates on his status would be provided as needed. Coach Steve Nash said Harden’s recent issues with injury made his availability later in the series difficult to predict.


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