LeBron James scored 32 points and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, looking to flip the switch after a shaky regular season, began the NBA playoffs by escaping with a 109-108 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday in Game 1.
Giannis Antetokounmpo presents a defensive conundrum for the Toronto Raptors.
Gerald Green scored 18 points, 10 of them in a 25-2 fourth-quarter run, and the Boston Celtics beat the resting Milwaukee Bucks 112-94 in the regular-season finale on Wednesday to claim the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Dwight Howard had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the resurgent Atlanta Hawks won their fourth straight game, routing the listless Charlotte Hornets 103-76 on Tuesday night to wrap up the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Tyler Johnson scored 24 points, including the game's final four from the foul line, as the Miami Heat remained alive in the postseason chase by rallying to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-121 on Monday night.
Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's 56-year-old NBA record with his 42nd triple-double of the season Sunday, then he broke the Denver Nuggets' hearts with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer for a 106-105 victory.
Chris Paul had 19 points and Los Angeles beat San Antonio for its fifth straight victory to move into the fourth seed in the Western Conference.
Russell Westbrook became the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season, but failed for the second game in a row to break Oscar Robertson's single-season record.
Paul Millsap scored 26 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 23 and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Boston Celtics 123-116 victory on Thursday.
Stephen Curry scored 42 points as the Golden State Warriors held off the Phoenix Suns 120-111 for their season-high 13th straight win, clinching the best record in the NBA for the third straight season.