Highlights of today's National Basketball Association games

Highlights of today's National Basketball Association games

With a win over the Toronto Raptors in Wednesday night's regular season finale, and a Boston Celtics' loss to the Milwaukee Bucks that same night, the Cavaliers can secure home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The Cleveland Cavaliers didn't exactly enter the playoffs on a high note this year, losing their last four regular-season games in disappointing fashion. Although he played well in Canton, the transition didn't go as smoothly as the Cavs must have been preparing for.

Yes, the Cavs have had their fair share of injuries, most notably Kevin Love missing about 20 games, but they are still just 7-8 since he has returned from injury in March.

"I thought the effort was great", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.

"It felt like a playoff game there and Lance sure treated it like a playoff game", George said following Thursdays practice.

The Boston Celtics are the number one seed in the Eastern Conference heading into the 2017 NBA Playoffs.

"Through everything that went on with our team, we're in a position where we can do something special still", he said Thursday as Cleveland prepared to face in in the opening round on Saturday.

Playing in his 363rd career game, the 7-foot Lithuanian caught a pass and transition and stepped behind the line before knocking down just his second 3-point attempt. In order for James, Irving and the rest of their Cleveland teammates to be unsafe this postseason, they need to consistently knock down three-point baskets at will.

Highlights of today's National Basketball Association games
Highlights of today's National Basketball Association games

The Cavaliers will now face the Indiana Pacers in the first-round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs. "We have a good club going into the postseason". Superstar small forward LeBron James racked up a triple-double on the night with 41 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for Cleveland, while IN star small forward Paul George led all scorers on the night with 43 points. "So, we got to put up or shut up".

Tavares, the 43rd overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, has 12 games of NBA experience under his belt, all played last season with the Atlanta Hawks, the club who drafted him.

"It's win or go home", Heat guard Josh Richardson said.

Cleveland went 3-1 against Indiana.

With the playoffs set to start this April 15, setting off their defense of the National Basketball Association title, the reigning world champions Cleveland Cavaliers thanked their loyal fans at the Quicken Loans Arena during the team's final home game of the season. James finished with 41 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists to George's 43 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

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While the Cavs have allegedly been coasting during the regular season, the numbers tell a different story. So, teams have gotten better, and that's just the biggest difference to me. Throughout the season, he's climbed up all-time leaderboards, passing players such as Shaquille O'Neal (points), Tim Duncan (field goals), Magic Johnson (steals) and Maurice Cheeks (assists) in the record books.

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