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Pacers (7) 84, Raptors (2) 89

The Toronto Raptors are through to the second round of the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2001 after edging a win-or-go-home game seven against the Indiana Pacers, 89-84.

DeMar DeRozan top-scored with 30 points, although he needed 32 field goal attempts to reach that total, while Jonas Valunciunas finished with a 10 point, 15 rebound double-double.

Toronto had leaped out to a 78-64 lead as the fourth quarter began, but Indiana came within three points, trailing 87-84, with under one minute remaining. Paul George, their leading scorer with 26 points, turned the ball over, however, leaving the Raptors to face the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference second round.

Hornets (6) 73, Heat (4) 106

The Miami Heat led from tip to buzzer as they won a second straight elimination game, defeating the Charlotte Hornets 106-73 and securing a 4-3 first round series win.

Goran Dragic scored 25 points as he spearheaded the Heat's emphatic performance while five other Miami players finished in double figures - including Luol Deng (15 points) and Gerald Green (16 points).

Hassan Whiteside also contributed with a 10 point, 12 rebound and five block performance.

For Charlotte, who were out-rebounded 58-36, their two biggest stars never got going in game seven. Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker combined for just 13 points on five-of-23 shooting. Rookie forward Frank Kaminsky top-scored for the Hornets with just 12 points.

Trail Blazers (5) 106, Warriors (1) 118

Without Stephen Curry as their second-round series against Portland began, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson stepped up as Golden State ran out 118-106 in game one.

Thompson scored 18 points in the first quarter alone as the Warriors took a commanding 37-17 lead, and finished with 37 points having made seven three-pointers all told.

Green, meanwhile, produced his second career postseason triple-double with a 23 point, 13 rebound, 11 assist box score. All five starters for GSW scored in double digits.

Portland opened the game shooting one-of-nine and never recovered from a slow start. Damian Lillard ended on 30 points but the Trail Blazers never led in a comprehensive game one loss.

Gerald Henderson of Portland and Golden State reserve Anderson Varejao were ejected late in the third quarter.

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