NBA: Toronto Raptors rip Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics beat Philadelphia 76ers to take 3-0 lead in playoffs
Pascal Siakam scored 26 points, pulled down eight rebounds and handed out five assists to lead the Raptors to a 117-92 victory over the Nets.
NBA Playoff: Defending champion Raptors defeat Nets to take 2-0 lead; Jazz bounce back to beat Nuggets
Boston Celtics also seized a 2-0 lead in NBA's Eastern Conference clash with Philadelphia, shrugging off the absence of injured Gordon Hayward to thrash the 76ers 128-101.
Kawhi Leonard had 29 points and 12 rebounds, and the Clippers got a big boost from the ejection of Kristaps Porzingis to beat the Dallas Mavericks 118-110 in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff
NBA: For first time in 23 seasons, San Antonio Spurs miss playoffs; Portland Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies advance to play-in tournament
Spurs were officially ousted when Memphis beat Milwaukee, and Phoenix completed an undefeated eight-game run in the NBA's restart bubble with a victory over Dallas.
The full list of NBA Playoff matchups won't be known until at least Saturday, when the West play-in series begins with Portland, Memphis, Phoenix and San Antonio bidding for those two spots.
Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic clinched the last two remaining East spots Friday, meaning no play-in series — a new wrinkle added to the rules of the NBA's season restart — will be needed on that half of the bracket.
Harden, who had 23 points in the first quarter, passed Calvin Murphy to become the second-leading scorer in franchise history behind Hakeem Olajuwon.
By Saturday, NBA practices will be constant — 22 teams working out at various times in a window spanning 13 1/2 hours and spread out across seven different facilities.
The NBA had previously reported 16 positives out of 302 players tested on 23 June
NBA: Injured Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant won't play even if league resumes this season, says report
Earlier this month, Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks said he wouldn’t rule out Durant returning to the court if the league resumes the 2019-20 campaign.
Coronavirus Outbreak: Brooklyn Nets' DeAndre Jordan says meditation is helping him stay positive amid COVID-19 crisis
Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan is known for his rim-rattling dunks but the big man credits his on-court production and ability to stay positive during the COVID-19 crisis to an unlikely source — meditation.
With NBA games indefinitely on hold, there has been a lot of discussion about post-season possibilities — including by coaches around the league.
With so much uncertainty around the NBA season, Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks is no longer ruling out Kevin Durant for the season.
Four Brooklyn Nets players, including Kevin Durant, have tested positive for the new coronavirus, bringing the total to seven known players in the NBA.
NBA: Boston Celtics beat Indiana Pacers to secure playoff spot for sixth year running; Brooklyn Nets edge past LA Lakers
Jayson Tatum scored 30 points for Boston while Gordon Hayward added 27 points, 10 boards and five assists in his home state
The NBA and USA Basketball are still considering playing in China later this year, though the complexities of both the political rift caused by a tweet last fall and the ongoing health concerns in the world’s most populous country are making those plans seem decidedly uncertain.
NBA: Damian Lillard sets Trail Blazers record with 61 points; Kemba Walker powers Celtics to win over Lakers
Kemba Walker scored 20 points to end a career-long personal losing streak against LeBron James, and Jayson Tatum scored 27 to help Boston send the top team in the Western Conference to its biggest loss of the season
NBA: DeMar DeRozan shines as Spurs snap Bucks' winning-streak; De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield power Kings to victory
Milwaukee defeated the San Antonio Spurs 127-118 on Saturday at home but could not maintain its early momentum in a rare home-and-home set of back-to-back games
NBA: Giannis Antetokounmpo leads Bucks to 13th consecutive victory; LeBron James, Anthony Davis shine as Lakers thrash Jazz
The last time Antetokounmpo's Bucks had a longer winning streak than this was when they won 16 in a row spanning the end of the 1972-73 season and the beginning of 1973-74
NBA: Kemba Walker scores 39 points in Celtics' win over Nets; James Harden, Russell Westbrook shine in Rockets' victory
Kemba Walker returned from a neck injury to score a season-high 39 points as Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 121-110 on Wednesday.