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Honorable mentions: Tyrone Corbin, Jay Larranaga, Mike D’Antoni, Lloyd Pierce, Chauncey Billups, Sam Cassell, Wes Unseld Jr., Jarron Collins, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark JacksonOklahoma City Thunder

Clippers: Serge Ibaka missed his fourth consecutive game with back spasms. The issue kept him out of 30 straight games in the regular season before he played the final two games leading into the playoffs and the first two in this series. Ibaka made the trip for Game 5 after staying in LA for the first two games in Dallas. ... After Leonard, Jackson and George, the next-highest LA scorer was Nicolas Batum with six.

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Tim MacMahon: The Mavs had a pair of sizzling shooting performances to open the series. According to Second Spectrum data, Dallas' quantified shot quality in the first two games was 48.7%, which means that was the predicted effective field goal percentage based on the looks they got. Their actual effective field goal percentage in those games was 65.5%. Tim Hardaway Jr. in particular had the flamethrower firing, hitting 11 of his 17 3-point attempts in those two wins.

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Behind two-thirds of their big three — and a surprisingly strong night from Blake Griffin — Brooklyn pulled away in the fourth quarter, led by as many as 19 in the frame, and won comfortably, 115-107. The Nets take a 1-0 series lead into Game 2 on Monday night.Memphis Grizzlies

"The fact that he's pulling for us is dope. We appreciate it. There's just a lot of respect. Hard-fought series. I feel like Ja and I are going to have battles for a long time in our careers. This was just the first one, but there's just a lot of respect all around."Atlanta Hawks

The 76ers announced on Thursday that Joel Embiid has been diagnosed with a “small meniscus tear” in his right knee, but also said that he’s going to be day-to-day. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said that “managing potential swelling and pain on the knee will play a significant part in how soon Embiid returns to the floor,” with the 76ers planning a “physical therapy and treatment program” for their franchise player.Denver Nuggets
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