TRAIL BLAZER (5) 121, WARRIORS (1) 125
The Golden State Warriors have advanced to the Western Conference finals for the second consecutive year after overcoming the Portland Trail Blazers 4-1 in a hard fought series.
Apart from game one, where the Warriors won comfortably, each game was a close encounter and that proved to be case again in game five on Wednesday night.
Behind a big night from Klay Thompson, the Dubs secured a 125-121 victory over the Blazers who gave a great account of themselves throughout the series.
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Thompson ended the night with 33 points on 13-of-17 shooting and 6-of-9 from three-point range - his fourth 30 point outing of an impressive postseason.
In the first half, newly crowned back-to-back MVP Steph Curry appeared to cool off from his overtime heroics in Portland in game four, going 3-of-9 with just seven points. The point guard was more of facilitator in the opening period feeding the hot hand of Thompson on multiple occasions.
16 of Klay's 33 points came in the third quarter but he didn't score in the fourth, allowing his fellow Splash Brother to take centre stage.
The MVP dropped 14 points in the final quarter including a dagger shot from behind the arc with 24.9 seconds to go as he ended the game with 29 points and 11 assists.
The Blazers bow out of the playoffs despite putting in a valiant effort against the defending champions.
Rip City once again squandered a double-digit lead in this game as they were up by 11 at one stage but failed to close the game out.
Damian Lillard had a team-high 28 points on 7-of-24 shooting and his backcourt partner C.J. McCollum added 27 points. Allen Crabbe had a big night off the bench too as he contributed 20 points but it wasn't enough to stave off elmination.
The Warriors can now enjoy a few days of rest as they await the winners of the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs with a place in the NBA finals now within sight.
HEAT (3) 91, RAPTORS (2) 99
The Toronto Raptors are on the verge of making the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in franchise history after taking a 3-2 series lead over the Miami Heat.
DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry produced their best performances together in this postseason as they finally put their shooting woes behind them to lead the Raptors to a huge win at the Air Canada Centre.
DeRozan led all scorers with 34 points on the night as he made good on his promise that he wouldn't shoot as badly as he did in game four. The shooting guard went 11-of-22 from the field and hit 11-of-11 free throws.
Lowry added 25 points as the backcourt tandem put the team on their backs following a disappointing showing in the last game where they scored a combined 19 points.
The DeRozan and Lowry of the regular season finally showed up for Toronto but it's better late than never as they are one victory away with a date with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Miami Heat will now face an elimination game for the second straight series as they head back to South Beach for game six on Friday night.
Erik Spoelstra's men badly missed Hassan Whiteside which gave the Raptors more opportunities to drive to the basket which they took full advantage of.
Dwyane Wade once again carried the team on the offensive end with 20 points, whilst also adding seven rebounds and four assists.
Goran Dragic (13 points), Josh Richardson (13) and Joe Johnson (11) were the other Heat players in double digits but Miami's supporting cast will have to produce more if they are to stand a chance of overcoming this deficit.