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NBA playoffs: Blazers advance; Raptors and Mavs force 7th games

Damian Lillard broke the Rockets' hearts when he hit a game-winning three-pointer to put the Blazers into the second round of the playoffs on Friday night. Earlier, the Mavs and Nets forced their respective series to seventh games with victories over the Raptors and Spurs.

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How the Rockets let Lillard get open

Damian Lillard hit a huge shot to give the Portland Trail Blazers a Game 6 victory and the series, but he got open mostly because of awful Rockets defense. We explain in this video.

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Lillard ends 14 years of agony in Rip City

A generation of fans has been waiting for the Trail Blazers to advance past the first round of the NBA Playoffs. With one buzzer beater, Damian Lillard ensured it'd happen in dramatic fashion.

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What happened Friday in the NBA playoffs

Two series from Friday went to a Game 7. Damian Lillard single-handedly prevented the third from joining them.

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Good morning, Damian Lillard destroyed everything

That and much more in Saturday's NBA newsletter.

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Lillard drains game-winner, eliminates Houston

Damian Lillard hit the shot of a lifetime to send Portland to the second round of the playoffs.

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Spurs had 6 guys on the floor in final seconds

It didn't end up mattering because the long inbound got tipped and the shot on the next play missed, but the Spurs sent out six guys for their last-second possession in Game 6:

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Boris Diaw is off-screen throwing a long inbound pass. Manu Ginobili, who thought the Spurs were taking the ball side-out, started out of bounds, then ran into the play when he realized Diaw was inbounding. The pass got tipped and the Spurs dropped to five for their final (missed) shot, so the referees avoided meaningful shame for their oversight. We see you, though, Spurs, you scoundrels.

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Ellis, Mavericks force Game 7 with dramatic win

Another tight series, another Game 7. Monta Ellis did it all Friday night, knocking down huge shots in the fourth quarter to help the Mavs avoid elimination.

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Nets preview; series decider set for Toronto

The Nets built a big lead early and then held off multiple runs from the Raptors to force Game 7.

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Blazers look to finish Rockets on home court

Game 6 is in Rip City, where pressure is on the Blazers to close out the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

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Dallas faces elimination game at home

San Antonio took a 3-2 series lead over Dallas on its home floor on Wednesday night.

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Raptors look to close series against the Nets

Toronto has a chance to close out the series against Brooklyn on Friday night.

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