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Chris Paul reinjures right shoulder as Suns takes 3-2 lead on Lakers in first round

First round: The Phoenix Suns' Frank Kaminsky (8) drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 5 at Phoenix Suns Arena. The Suns won the game, 115-85, to take a 3-2 series lead.

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First round: The Phoenix Suns’ Frank Kaminsky (8) drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during Recreation 5 at Phoenix Suns Enviornment. The Suns won the sport, 115-85, to favor a 3-2 sequence lead.

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First round: The Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard (0) drives to the basket against the Denver Nuggets in Game 5 in Denver. Despite 55 points from Lillard, the Blazers lost, 147-140, in double overtime as the Nuggets took a 3-2 series lead.

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First round: The Portland Path Blazers’ Damian Lillard (0) drives to the basket against the Denver Nuggets in Recreation 5 in Denver. Despite 55 points from Lillard, the Blazers lost, 147-140, in double additional time as the Nuggets took a 3-2 sequence lead.

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First round: The Brooklyn Nets' James Harden (13) looks to pass against the Boston Celtics in Game 5 at Barclays Center. The Nets won the game, 123-109, to advance to the second round. Harden led all scorers in the game with 34 points.

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First round: The Brooklyn Nets’ James Harden (13) looks to pass against the Boston Celtics in Recreation 5 at Barclays Heart. The Nets won the sport, 123-109, to attain to the second round. Harden led all scorers in the sport with 34 points.

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First round: The Utah Jazz's Royce O'Neale shoots as the Memphis Grizzlies' Jonas Valančiūnas defends during Game 4 at FedExForum. The Jazz won the game, 120-113, to take a 3-1 series lead.

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First round: The Utah Jazz’s Royce O’Neale shoots as the Memphis Grizzlies’ Jonas Valančiūnas defends during Recreation 4 at FedExForum. The Jazz won the sport, 120-113, to favor a 3-1 sequence lead.

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First round: The Washington Wizards' Rui Hachimura (8) and Bradley Beal react as time expires on their 122-114 win against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 4 at Capital One Arena.

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First round: The Washington Wizards’ Rui Hachimura (8) and Bradley Beal react as time expires on their 122-114 win against the Philadelphia 76ers in Recreation 4 at Capital One Enviornment.

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First round: The LA Clippers' Kawhi Leonard (2) dunks during the second quarter against the Dallas Mavericks in Game 4 at American Airlines Center. The Clippers won,  106-81, to even up the series at two games apiece.

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First round: The LA Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) dunks during the second quarter against the Dallas Mavericks in Recreation 4 at American Airlines Heart. The Clippers won, 106-81, to even up the sequence at two games apiece.

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First round: The Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving (11) passes the ball in front of the Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum during the first half of Game 4 at TD Garden. The Nets won, 141-26, to take a 3-1 series lead.

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First round: The Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving (11) passes the ball in front of the Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum during the first half of Recreation 4 at TD Garden. The Nets won, 141-26, to favor a 3-1 sequence lead.

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First round: The Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker (1) is fouled by the Los Angeles Lakers' Wesley Matthews during the first half of Game 4 at Staples Center. The Suns won, 100-92, to tie up the series at two games apiece.

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First round: The Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker (1) is fouled by the Los Angeles Lakers’ Wesley Matthews during the first half of Recreation 4 at Staples Heart. The Suns won, 100-92, to tie up the sequence at two games apiece.

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First round: Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) gets fouled by New York Knicks center Taj Gibson (67) during the first half of Game 4 at State Farm Arena. The Hawks won the game, 113-90, to take a 3-1 series lead.

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First round: Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) will get fouled by New York Knicks heart Taj Gibson (67) during the first half of Recreation 4 at Dispute Farm Enviornment. The Hawks won the sport, 113-90, to favor a 3-1 sequence lead.

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First round: Sixers center Joel Embiid tries to fire up the Philadelphia fans who made the trip to Washington for Game 3.

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First round: Sixers heart Joel Embiid tries to fireplace up the Philadelphia fans who made the high-tail back and forth to Washington for Recreation 3.

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First round: A despondent Bradley Beal looks on from the bench as the final moments wind down on the Wizards' loss to the Sixers in Game 3.

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First round: A despondent Bradley Beal looks on from the bench as the final moments wind down on the Wizards’ loss to the Sixers in Recreation 3.

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First round: Blazers guard CJ McCollum rallies crowd after a big bucket during the second half of Game 4 against the Nuggets.

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First round: Blazers guard CJ McCollum rallies crowd after a colossal bucket during the second half of Recreation 4 against the Nuggets.

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First round: Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) and Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) scramble for a loose ball during the first half of Game 4.

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First round: Blazers heart Jusuf Nurkic (27) and Nuggets heart Nikola Jokic (15) sprint for a free ball during the first half of Recreation 4.

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First round: Jazz guard Mike Conley drives to the basket during the second half of Game 3 against the Grizzlies.

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First round: Jazz guard Mike Conley drives to the basket during the second half of Recreation 3 against the Grizzlies.

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First round: Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) drives for a layup against Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the fourth quarter of Game 3.

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First round: Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) drives for a layup against Jazz heart Rudy Gobert (27) during the fourth quarter of Recreation 3.

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First round: Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks pleasd his case with an official during the second half of Game 3 against the Jazz.

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First round: Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks pleasd his case with an official during the second half of Recreation 3 against the Jazz.

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First round: Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo throws down  the one-handed slam during the second half of Game 4 against the Heat.

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First round: Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo throws down the one-handed slam during the second half of Recreation 4 against the Warmth.

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First round: Bucks forward Khris Middleton can't believe the foul call during the second half against the Heat in Game 4.

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First round: Bucks forward Khris Middleton can’t consider the nefarious call during the second half against the Warmth in Recreation 4.

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First round: Hawks guard Trae Young lets everyone know Knicks guard Immanuel Quickley is too small to guard him during Game 3.

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First round: Hawks guard Trae Young lets everyone know Knicks guard Immanuel Quickley is simply too little to present protection to him during Recreation 3.

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First round: Hawks guard Trae Young (11) looks for room to work against Knicks defender Derrick Rose (4) during the first half of Game 3.

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First round: Hawks guard Trae Young (11) looks for room to work against Knicks defender Derrick Rose (4) during the first half of Recreation 3.

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First round: Knicks forward Reggie Bullock (25) puts up a shot between a trio of Hawks defenders during the second half of Game 3.

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First round: Knicks forward Reggie Bullock (25) puts up a shot between a trio of Hawks defenders during the second half of Recreation 3.

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First round: Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) throws down the two-handed slam during the second half of Game 3 against the Mavericks.

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First round: Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) throws down the 2-handed slam during the second half of Recreation 3 against the Mavericks.

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First round: Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) draws a foul on Clippers defender Paul George (13) during the first half of Game 3.

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First round: Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) attracts a nefarious on Clippers defender Paul George (13) during the first half of Recreation 3.

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First round: Clippers forward Nicolas Batum (33) restrains Terance Mann (14) from a second-half fight during Game 3 against the Mavericks.

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First round: Clippers forward Nicolas Batum (33) restrains Terance Mann (14) from a second-half fight during Recreation 3 against the Mavericks.

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First round: Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives to the basket past Nets defender Blake Griffin (2) during the first half of Game 3.

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First round: Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives to the basket past Nets defender Blake Griffin (2) during the first half of Recreation 3.

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First round: Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) shoots inside over Celtics defender Robert Williams III (44) during the first half of Game 3.

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First round: Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) shoots inside over Celtics defender Robert Williams III (44) during the first half of Recreation 3.

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First round: Nuggets guard Austin Rivers gets fired up after hitting a big 3-pointer during the second half of Game 3 against the Blazers.

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First round: Nuggets guard Austin Rivers will get fired up after hitting a colossal 3-pointer during the second half of Recreation 3 against the Blazers.

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First round: Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) throws down the one-handed slam during the first half against the Nuggets in Game 3.

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First round: Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) throws down the one-handed slam during the first half against the Nuggets in Recreation 3.

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First round: Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the hoop past Suns defender Jae Crowder (99) during the second half of Game 3.

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First round: Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the hoop past Suns defender Jae Crowder (99) during the second half of Recreation 3.

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First round: Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) tries to maintain possession while surrounded by Suns defenders Cameron Johnson (23), Frank Kaminsky (8) and Cameron Payne (15) during the fourth quarter of Game 3.

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First round: Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) tries to maintain possession while surrounded by Suns defenders Cameron Johnson (23), Frank Kaminsky (8) and Cameron Payne (15) during the fourth quarter of Recreation 3.

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First round: Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) tries to pass under pressure from Lakers defender Marc Gasol (14) during the fourth quarter of Game 3.

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First round: Suns heart Deandre Ayton (22) tries to pass below strain from Lakers defender Marc Gasol (14) during the fourth quarter of Recreation 3.

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First round: Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) looks to drive past Heat defender Goran Dragic (7) during the second half of Game 3.

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First round: Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) looks to power past Warmth defender Goran Dragic (7) during the second half of Recreation 3.

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First round: Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) hits the floor to grab a loose ball against Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) during the second half of Game 3.

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First round: Warmth forward Jimmy Butler (22) hits the flooring to grab a free ball against Bucks heart Brook Lopez (11) during the second half of Recreation 3.

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First round: Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell celebrates an early bucket against the Grizzlies in Game 2.

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First round: Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell celebrates an early bucket against the Grizzlies in Recreation 2.

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First round: Grizzlies guard Ja Morant finishes the alley-oop with a reverse two-handed slam during the second half against the Jazz.

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First round: Grizzlies guard Ja Morant finishes the alley-oop with a reverse two-handed slam during the second half against the Jazz.

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First round: Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) blocks Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) on a dunk attempt during the first half of Game 2.

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First round: Jazz heart Rudy Gobert (27) blocks Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) on a dunk strive during the first half of Recreation 2.

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First round: Joel Embiid celebrates after a big bucket during the second half of the Sixers' win over the Wizards in Game 2.

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First round: Joel Embiid celebrates after a colossal bucket during the second half of the Sixers’ win over the Wizards in Recreation 2.

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First round: Sixers center Joel Embiid (21) drives to the bucket past Wizards defenders Robin Lopez (15) and Davis Bertans (42) during the first half of Game 2.

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First round: Sixers heart Joel Embiid (21) drives to the bucket past Wizards defenders Robin Lopez (15) and Davis Bertans (42) during the first half of Recreation 2.

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First round: Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) puts up a shot against Sixers defenders Dwight Howard (39) and Matisse Thybulle (22) during the second half of Game 2.

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First round: Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) puts up a shot against Sixers defenders Dwight Howard (39) and Matisse Thybulle (22) during the second half of Recreation 2.

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First round: Knicks guard Derrick Rose got fired up after a second-half bucket against the Hawks in Game 2.

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First round: Knicks guard Derrick Rose purchased fired up after a second-half bucket against the Hawks in Recreation 2.

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First round: Spike Lee and the Madison Square Garden Garden crowd were lit as the Knicks topped the Hawks in Game 2.

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First round: Spike Lee and the Madison Sq. Garden Garden crowd were lit as the Knicks topped the Hawks in Recreation 2.

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First round: Hawks forward Danilo Gallinari (8) bumps Knicks defender Julius Randle (30) as he tries to move the ball during the first half.

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First round: Hawks forward Danilo Gallinari (8) bumps Knicks defender Julius Randle (30) as he tries to glide the ball during the first half.

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First round: LeBron James celebrates a big 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' Game 2 win over the Suns.

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First round: LeBron James celebrates a colossal 3-pointer behind in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ Recreation 2 win over the Suns.

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First round: Suns forward Jae Crowder (top) reacts after being called for a foul against Lakers forward Anthony Davis during the second half in Game 2.

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First round: Suns forward Jae Crowder (prime) reacts after being referred to as for a nefarious against Lakers forward Anthony Davis during the second half in Recreation 2.

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First round: Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) drives to the bucket past Lakers defender Andre Drummond (2) during the second half in Game 2.

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First round: Suns heart Deandre Ayton (22) drives to the bucket past Lakers defender Andre Drummond (2) during the second half in Recreation 2.

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First round: Josh Richardson (0) and Luka Doncic (77) celebrate after the Mavericks knocked off the Clippers in Gmae 2 for a 2-0 series lead.

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First round: Josh Richardson (0) and Luka Doncic (77) celebrate after the Mavericks knocked off the Clippers in Gmae 2 for a 2-0 sequence lead.

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First round: Clippers guard Paul George, center, tries to drive against Mavericks defenders Dorian Finney-Smith, left, and Kristaps Porzingis during the second half of Game 2.

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First round: Clippers guard Paul George, heart, tries to power against Mavericks defenders Dorian Finney-Smith, left, and Kristaps Porzingis during the second half of Recreation 2.

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First round: Nets guard James Harden (13) corrals the ball against Celtics defender Marcus Smart (36) during the first half of Game 2.

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First round: Nets guard James Harden (13) corrals the ball against Celtics defender Marcus Smartly-organized (36) during the first half of Recreation 2.

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First round: Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives to the basket against Nets defender Landry Shamet (20) during the first half of Game 2.

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First round: Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives to the basket against Nets defender Landry Shamet (20) during the first half of Recreation 2.

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First round: Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) passes around Celtics defender Jayson Tatum (0) during the first half of Game 2.

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First round: Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) passes around Celtics defender Jayson Tatum (0) during the first half of Recreation 2.

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First round: Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) drives to the basket between Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) and guard Pat Connaughton (24) in Game 2.

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First round: Miami Warmth guard Goran Dragic (7) drives to the basket between Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) and guard Pat Connaughton (24) in Recreation 2.

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First round: Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) passes the ball as Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter (11) defends during Game 2.

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First round: Denver Nuggets heart Nikola Jokic (15) passes the ball as Portland Path Blazers heart Enes Kanter (11) defends during Recreation 2.

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First round: Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic is fouled while shooting during the fourth quarter of Game 1 against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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First round: Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic is fouled while shooting during the fourth quarter of Recreation 1 against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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First round: Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson shoots during the third quarter of Game 1 against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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First round: Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson shoots during the third quarter of Recreation 1 against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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First round: Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert is fouled by Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas during the first quarter of Game 1.

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First round: Utah Jazz heart Rudy Gobert is fouled by Memphis Grizzlies heart Jonas Valanciunas during the first quarter of Recreation 1.

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First round: Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young gestures during the second half  of Game 1 against the New York Knicks.

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First round: Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young gestures during the second half of Recreation 1 against the New York Knicks.

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First round: Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela dunks during the first half of Game 1 against the New York Knicks.

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First round: Atlanta Hawks heart Clint Capela dunks during the first half of Recreation 1 against the New York Knicks.

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First round: Tempers flare between the Lakers and Suns during the second half of Game 1 of their first-round series.

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First round: Tempers flare between the Lakers and Suns during the second half of Recreation 1 of their first-round sequence.

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First round: Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James reacts after suffering an injury against the Phoenix Suns in the second half of Game 1 of their first-round series.

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First round: Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James reacts after suffering an injury against the Phoenix Suns in the second half of Recreation 1 of their first-round sequence.

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First round: Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James falls over Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul in the second of Game 1 of their first-round series.

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First round: Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James falls over Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul in the second of Recreation 1 of their first-round sequence.

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First round: Philadelphia 76ers guard Seth Curry celebrates after a 3-pointer in the third quarter of Game 1 against the Washington Wizards.

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First round: Philadelphia 76ers guard Seth Curry celebrates after a 3-pointer in the third quarter of Recreation 1 against the Washington Wizards.

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First round: Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts next to Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook after an and-one during the second quarter of Game 1 of their first-round series.

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First round: Philadelphia 76ers heart Joel Embiid (21) reacts subsequent to Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook after an and-one during the second quarter of Recreation 1 of their first-round sequence.

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First round: Blazers guard Damian Lillard snarls his way back down the court after hitting a big 3 during the third quarter of Game 1 against the Nuggets.

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First round: Blazers guard Damian Lillard snarls his formula inspire down the court docket after hitting a colossal 3 during the third quarter of Recreation 1 against the Nuggets.

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First round: Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) drives to the hoop past Blazers defender Enes Kanter (11) during the first quarter of Game 1.

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First round: Nuggets heart Nikola Jokic (15) drives to the hoop past Blazers defender Enes Kanter (11) during the first quarter of Recreation 1.

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First round: Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic throws down the one-handed slam during the third quarter of Game 1 against the Nuggets.

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First round: Blazers heart Jusuf Nurkic throws down the one-handed slam during the third quarter of Recreation 1 against the Nuggets.

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First round: Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) and Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) scrap for position battle during the fourth quarter of Game 1.

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First round: Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) and Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) scrap for position fight during the fourth quarter of Recreation 1.

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First round: Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives to the bucket against Celtics defender Marcus Smart (36) during the third quarter of Game 1.

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First round: Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives to the bucket against Celtics defender Marcus Smartly-organized (36) during the third quarter of Recreation 1.

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First round: Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) tries to shoot over Nets defender Kyrie Irving (11) during the first quarter of Game 1.

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First round: Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) tries to shoot over Nets defender Kyrie Irving (11) during the first quarter of Recreation 1.

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First round: Luka Doncic was fired up after the Mavericks rallied past the Clippers to steal Game 1.

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First round: Luka Doncic was fired up after the Mavericks rallied past the Clippers to seize Recreation 1.

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First round: Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) looks for room to drive against Mavericks defender Luka Doncic (77) during the second quarter of Game 1.

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First round: Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) looks for room to power against Mavericks defender Luka Doncic (77) during the second quarter of Recreation 1.

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First round: Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) tries to pass around Clippers defender Paul George (13) during the fourth quarter of Game 1.

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First round: Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) tries to pass around Clippers defender Paul George (13) during the fourth quarter of Recreation 1.

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First round: Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) rises up and knocks down the game-winning shot over Heat defender Duncan Robinson (55) with 0.5 seconds left in overtime of Game 1.

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First round: Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) rises up and knocks down the sport-winning shot over Warmth defender Duncan Robinson (55) with 0.5 seconds left in additional time of Recreation 1.

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First round: Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the hoop past Heat defenders Jimmy Butler (22) and Duncan Robinson (55) during the third quarter of Game 1.

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First round: Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the hoop past Warmth defenders Jimmy Butler (22) and Duncan Robinson (55) during the third quarter of Recreation 1.

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First round: Heat guard Jimmy Butler (22) corrals a loose ball against Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) during the fourth quarter of Game 1.

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First round: Warmth guard Jimmy Butler (22) corrals a free ball against Bucks heart Brook Lopez (11) during the fourth quarter of Recreation 1.

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Play-in: Ja Morant (12) and Dillon Brooks (24) were fired up after a clutch late bucket that helped the Grizzlies hold off the Warriors for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

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Play-in: Ja Morant (12) and Dillon Brooks (24) were fired up after a seize behind bucket that helped the Grizzlies maintain off the Warriors for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

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Play-in: Russell Westbrook fires up the home crowd after a big third-quarter bucket against the Pacers.

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Play-in: Russell Westbrook fires up the dwelling crowd after a colossal third-quarter bucket against the Pacers.

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Play-in: Warriors defender Draymond Green, right, fouls Lakers forward LeBron James on a drive to the hoop during the the fourth quarter.

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Play-in: Warriors defender Draymond Green, right, fouls Lakers forward LeBron James on a power to the hoop during the the fourth quarter.

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Play-in: Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) and center Jonas Valanciunas (17) get fired up after a big first-half 3 against the Spurs.

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Play-in: Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) and heart Jonas Valanciunas (17) fetch fired up after a colossal first-half 3 against the Spurs.

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Play-in: Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives and shoots over Wizards defender Alex Len (27) during the first half.

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Play-in: Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives and shoots over Wizards defender Alex Len (27) during the first half.

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Play-in: Pacers forward Oshae Brissett (12) throws down a two-handed slam during the fourth against the Hornets.

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First round: The Phoenix Suns’ Frank Kaminsky (8) drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during Recreation 5 at Phoenix Suns Enviornment. The Suns won the sport, 115-85, to favor a 3-2 sequence lead.

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Published 1: 32 a.m. ET June 2, 2021 | As a lot as this point 2: 16 a.m. ET June 2, 2021

The Phoenix Suns obliterated the Los Angeles Lakers, 115-85, Tuesday night time in taking a 3-2 sequence lead over the defending NBA champions.

Devin Booker delivered a monster Recreation 5 with a 30 points while Anthony Davis watched from the Lakers bench with an injured left groin.

The sellout Phoenix crowd of 16,163 mute roared with deafening “BEAT L-A! BEAT L-A!” chants, nonetheless one play may perhaps perhaps once again alternate this sequence.

With Phoenix up 33 points with 6: 47 left in the third quarter, Chris Paul once again went down grabbing at the right shoulder he injured in Recreation 1.

“I don’t are looking to present an official replace till I fetch extra information,” Suns coach Monty Williams mentioned. “I don’t gain anything right now. He looks to be OK.”

The right shoulder had gradually been getting better, to the point Paul was screaming, “I’m inspire,” while posting 18 points, nine assists and nil turnovers in leading the Suns to a 100-92 Recreation 4 win in Los Angeles.

Then with out notice, he was down again stunning love Recreation 1 when he heard “a crack” when he collided with Cam Johnson in the first half of a 99-90 win.

“It haunted me,” Paul mentioned after Tuesday’s win. “I’ve been talking to (Toronto Raptors guard) Kyle Lowry plenty. He had a identical injury last 12 months. About a diversified guys. Factual a in actuality unhappy feeling. Kind of helpless.”

Fouled by Wesley Matthews on a play that was reviewed nonetheless remained a common nefarious, Paul went to the inspire after sinking two free throws and didn’t return to action for the remainder of Recreation 5. 

“At first, I was trying to examine if it was a filthy play or no longer,” Suns forward Jae Crowder mentioned. “Wes Matthews is my colossal brother. We every went to Marquette. I stunning went over and talked to (Matthews) and he was love, ‘I wasn’t trying to manufacture anything dirty or injure him. I went in for the rebound and I purchased a fraction of him.’ ” 

Paul watched the replay and concluded it was a natty play after he initially confirmed arouse in direction of Matthews after being fouled on a boxout.

“We went with that,” Crowder mentioned. “So it stunning passed off to happen with Chris. It haunted him a diminutive bit bit. Hopefully he’s in a position to high-tail subsequent game. I’m positive he’ll be in a position to high-tail.”

The second-seeded Suns mute won in convincing fashion, nonetheless Paul mentioned his neck and arm “snapped again” love Recreation 1.

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“It be tricky,” Booker mentioned. “Clearly, it be phase of the sport. Looking at the replay, I don’t think it was anything too malicious from Wes and Chris communicated that with him, nonetheless it be unhappy that he’s dealing with that already. It be a bodily game and plays love that happen, nonetheless he gave the impression in suitable spirits coming inspire out to the bench. His capacity to obtain these two free throws and seek for the energy mute there’s suitable. I do know he’s doing treatment around the clock. I do know he’s getting ready for Thursday.”  

Now the sequence shifts inspire to Los Angeles for Thursday’s Recreation 6 at Staples Heart,  the put Davis may perhaps perhaps return and Paul may perhaps perhaps once again be exiguous as he was in Recreation 2 and 3, every of which the Suns lost to descend behind 2-1 in the sequence.

If Paul is exiguous, the Suns gain an spectacular suitable backup understanding in Cameron Payne, who stopped, started and sped thru the league’s prime defense with 16 points Tuesday night time, with 14 coming in the first half.

Restful, Paul has been the catalyst for the resurgent Suns.

Phoenix will gain two chances to fetch one extra victory as Recreation 7, if significant, is Saturday inspire in Phoenix, nonetheless a manufacture-or-die game is something Booker, Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson gain on no yarn skilled.  

LeBron James has.

Even supposing he scored stunning seven of his 24 points in the first half when the sport was in actuality a contest, James has been here, done that and has on no yarn lost a first round playoff sequence in 14 appearances.

James mentioned his shoulders are built to favor on extra responsibility and that he was “ready for the predicament.”  

It didn’t examine love it in the first half Tuesday, nonetheless if Davis can return for Recreation 6 and the Lakers are in a position to even the sequence, James may perhaps perhaps return to Phoenix for a Recreation 7 ready to flip inspire the clock and gain a vintage efficiency.

Then again, Phoenix has won the last two games of the sequence. A third straight victory would finish the sequence to present Paul something he’d cherish.

Relaxation.

“I’ll perhaps perhaps use it,” Paul mentioned.

Paul’s injury may perhaps perhaps no longer be as inappropriate as it looks, nonetheless the Suns displayed a confidence the Lakers couldn’t match Tuesday.

Momentum can swing in a sequence in a quarter, let alone a game.

Right now, Phoenix has it, nonetheless no longer as worthy as it would if Paul hadn’t reinjured his shoulder.  

Restful, they’ll gain a probability Thursday to shut out the defending NBA champions.

Absorb opinion about present pronounce of the Suns? Reach Suns Insider Duane Rankin at [email protected] or contact him at 480-787-1240. Note him on Twitter at @DuaneRankin.

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