Raptors hoping to oust Magic in Game 5

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(AP) -- The Toronto Raptors will attempt to win four straight games in the same playoff series for the first time in franchise history when they seek to close out the visiting Orlando Magic in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference first-round series Tuesday night.

The Raptors have rebounded from a 104-101 home loss in Game 1 to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. They are one victory away from a second-round matchup with either Philadelphia or Brooklyn.

Toronto's defense has dominated the series ever since D.J. Augustin's late 3-pointer stunned the East's second seed in the series opener.

76ers look to close out Nets in Game 5

Joel Embiid's left knee will be a question for the Philadelphia 76ers for the duration of their playoff run, but when he is on the floor, things go extremely well.

Embiid's presence is among the reasons why the 76ers are on the verge of advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals. And they have a shot to do just that Tuesday night when they host the Brooklyn Nets in Game 5 of their first-round series. (MORE)

Blazers trying to eliminate Thunder in 5

The Portland Trail Blazers are known as an offensive team, but their defense has been equally important as they have built a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Thunder have been held under 100 points in each of their three losses. They shot only 37.5 percent in Sunday's 111-98 home loss. (MORE)

Bruins, Leafs ready for another Game 7

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins have been here before.

They will play a seventh game in a first-round playoff series at Boston on Tuesday night for the second season in a row and for the third time since 2013. (MORE)

Vegas' Gallant: Sharks' DeBoer a 'clown'

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The animosity between Vegas and San Jose spilled over to the coaches before Game 7.

Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant called his counterpart Peter DeBoer a "clown" at the morning skate before Tuesday's decisive game in the first-round series. Gallant was upset that DeBoer had accused him a day earlier of "chirping" from the bench at Sharks players. (MORE)

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