Oklahoma City Thunder held on to beat San Antonio 98-97 in a frantic and contentious finish to Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference semifinal series on Monday, inflicting only a second home loss of the season on the Spurs and squaring the series 1-1.
The Golden State Warriors dominated once more, even without their MVP Stephen Curry, to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 Sunday in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals while the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors both won Game 7s to advance to the second round in the Eastern Conference.
The San Antonio Spurs dismantled the Oklahoma City Thunder -- in a hurry. LaMarcus Aldridge had 38 points as the Spurs beat the Thunder 124-92 on Saturday night, never trailing in Game 1 of the second-round series. The Spurs scored the most postseason points against the Thunder and came within eight points of matching their largest postseason victory ever.
Portland advanced to the NBA Western Conference semifinals by holding off the resilient Los Angeles Clippers 106-103 on Friday, claiming the first-round playoff series 4-2.
The Los Angeles Lakers reached an agreement Friday with their former player and current Golden State assistant Luke Walton to become their head coach, choosing a leader for their new era after Kobe Bryant.
Atlanta advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs with a 104-92 Game 6 victory over Boston on Thursday, beating the Celtics in a playoff series for the first time since 1958.
The Golden State Warriors brushed off the unsettling absence of injured star Stephen Curry on Wednesday to demolish the Houston Rockets and advance to the next round of the NBA playoffs.
DeMar DeRozan finally turned in the effort Toronto has been waiting for in the playoffs, scoring 34 points as the Raptors survived a late scare and beat Indiana 102-99 on Tuesday to take a 3-2 lead in their NBA first-round series.
Dirk Nowitzki is not retiring and almost certainly will spend a 19th season with the Mavericks.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr was voted the NBA's 2015-2016 Coach of the Year on Tuesday for his role in the team's record-breaking season.