The Washington Wizards regained control of their first-round NBA playoff series, defeating the Atlanta Hawks 103-99 on Wednesday with the help of a 27-point performance by Bradley Beal.
As the first round of the NBA playoffs nears its conclusion, fans are faced with many questions, perhaps none more compelling than this: "Does the regular season really matter?"
James Harden scored 34 points and the Houston Rockets withstood a furious effort from Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook to oust the Thunder from the NBA playoffs on Tuesday.
What now for Stephon Marbury?
The Golden State Warriors swept into the second round of the NBA playoffs on Monday with a crushing 128-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
LeBron James scored 33 points and made key plays on Sunday to give the defending NBA champions Cleveland Cavaliers a 106-102 victory at Indiana and a sweep of their playoff series.
Stephen Curry scored 14 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and the Golden State Warriors stormed back from a 16-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 119-113.
The Golden State Warriors clamped down on defense as they cruised to a 110-81 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, taking a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Four years ago, sports fans all over the world were reminded that even among the most rabid fan bases - Boston, in this case - there are more important things than sports. A terrorist attack at the 2013 Boston Marathon left six people dead and almost 300 injured. The marathon was held again the following year, but only after an extensive grieving period for the victims.
The Chicago Bulls powered past the Boston Celtics 111-97 on Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead over the Eastern Conference top seed in their NBA playoff first-round series.
The Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a bout of fourth-quarter jitters to take a grip of their NBA playoff series against the Indiana Pacers on Monday as San Antonio seized control of their duel with Memphis.
Yao Ming was the obvious choice as the new head of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) earlier this year. He has first-hand experience of basketball in both the US and China, he's been an owner of a CBA team for several years, he's respected for his achievements both on and off the court, he is hugely popular in the game and he is a towering presence in more ways than one.
James Harden scored 37 points as the Houston Rockets routed Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder 118-87 in the opening game of their NBA playoff series on Sunday.
The Cleveland Cavaliers escaped with a 109-108 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday in the opening game of the 2017 playoffs.
Paul George delivered 32 points and 11 rebounds as the Indiana Pacers punched their ticket to the NBA postseason on Wednesday with a 104-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Xinjiang's claiming of the CBA throne several days ago made history for the club, and also unveiled a new chapter in the history of Chinese basketball.
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Charlotte Hornets 103-76 on Tuesday with 19 points and 12 rebounds from center Dwight Howard to set an NBA playoff date with the Washington Wizards.
As the NBA's regular season lurches toward its conclusion and playoff matchups are solidified, fans are forced to endure fewer and fewer meaningful games. That said, they can still enjoy debating the winner of the league's Most Valuable Player award - the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook, or the Houston Rockets' James Harden?