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Reigning MVP Nikola Jokic did all he could but even that was not enough as the Denver Nuggets were eliminated from the playoffs after a 102-98 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

Jokic, who has carried the Nuggets for the entire season with Michael Porter Jr. and Jamal Murray sidelined through injury, once again came up big when Denver needed him most.

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As was expected though, the Nuggets just simply could not keep up with a red-hot Golden State side, led by Stephen Curry.

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Jokic scored 30 points to go with 19 rebounds and eight assists while DeMarcus Cousins ​​was a surprising success off the bench, putting up 19 points in the defeat.

Curry, meanwhile, shot 10-for-22 from the field, ending with 30 points including a few crucial buckets down the stretch as the Warriors pushed away late.

The Warriors superstar motioned goodnight to the Nuggets after putting Golden State five ahead in the final 30 seconds.

Curry finished the series with 16, 34, 27, 33 and 30 points despite starting on the bench and playing restricted minutes in an ominous warning to the rest of the league.

While it is the end of the season for Denver, Michael Malone’s side can take something out of holding Golden State to just 102 points in Game 5. Previous to Thursday’s meeting, 118 points was the fewest the Warriors had scored this series.

Curry and Golden State move onto the second round and will now play the winner of the Memphis Grizzlies-Minnesota Timberwolves series

Denver, meanwhile, move into another off-season without a championship but with optimism that the return of Murray and Porter Jr. will have them well-placed for next season.

GIANNIS DOMINATES AS BULLS CRASH OUT

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points as the Milwaukee Bucks brushed aside the Chicago Bulls to complete a 4-1 series victory in the NBA playoffs on Thursday.

Antetokounmpo was in dominant form, shooting 11-of-15 from the field and finishing with nine rebounds as the defending NBA champions romped to a 116-100 win at their FiServ Forum.

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“I just wanted to set the tone, come out and play hard,” Antetokounmpo said afterwards. “Sometimes when you’re up 15 or 20 points you start being sloppy with the ball, or not playing as hard.

“I think our team kept their composition, kept playing hard, kept making shots.” Antetokounmpo received scoring support from Pat Connaughton with 20 points while Bobby Portis had a double-double with 14 points and 17 rebounds.

It was another emphatic win for Milwaukee after victories by hefty double-digit margins in games three and four of the best-of-seven series.

Milwaukee now advance to an Eastern Conference semi-final series against the in-form Boston Celtics next week.

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“It’s big,” Antetokounmpo said of the task in front of his team. “We’ve got to get some rest, go back and practice, watch some film, take care of our body and get ready for Boston.” On Thursday’s evidence, Milwaukee will approach that series brimming with confidence after swatting aside sixth-seeded Chicago with ease.

The Bucks blazed into an early 20-7 lead in the first quarter and remained comfortably ahead of Chicago for the remainder of a one-sided contest.

Milwaukee’s lead stretched to 29 points in the second quarter and although Chicago closed the gap to 11 points early in the third, another burst of scoring saw the Bucks surge into a 91-68 lead heading into the final quarter.

Chicago star DeMar DeRozan was restricted to just 11 points while Patrick Williams led the Bulls scorers with 23 points.

Thursday’s other NBA playoff game sees the Golden State Warriors attempt to clinch their series against the Denver Nuggets in San Francisco.

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SIXERS COACH CLAPS BACK AT CHOKING CLAIM

Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers defended his record in the NBA playoffs on Thursday as his team prepared for a nervy game-six duel with the Toronto Raptors.

After surging into a 3-0 series lead, the Sixers have missed two chances to clinch the series, losing game four last Sunday before being defeated at home on Tuesday in a lackuster 103-88 defeat.

The nature of Tuesday’s loss — and the fact that Sixers star Joel Embiid is nursing a thumb injury — has raised the prospect of Philadelphia becoming the first team to blow a 3-0 series lead in NBA history.

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He has also invited scrutiny of Rivers’ record in the playoffs. The Sixers coach is the only coach in the NBA who has blown multiple 3-1 playoff series leads in his career.

Rivers’ Orlando Magic were pipped in seven games by the Detroit Pistons in 2003 after taking a 3-1 lead in the playoffs, and the Los Angeles Clippers suffered the same fate twice during Rivers’ reign, losing in 2015 to the Houston Rockets and in 2020 against the Denver Nuggets.

Rivers bristled on Wednesday when quizzed by reporters about his history of playoff near-misses ahead of Thursday’s game six in Toronto.

“Well, it’s easy to use me as an example,” Rivers said. “But I wish y’all would tell the whole story with me. All right?

“My Orlando team was the eighth seed. No one gives me credit for getting up against the Pistons, who won the title.

“That was an eighth seed. I want you to go back and look at that roster. I dare you to go back and look at that roster.

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“And you would say, ‘What a hell of a coaching job.’ Really.” Rivers added that his Clippers team in 2015 was hobbled by an injury to Chris Paul, while the team that lost to Denver in 2020 were playing in the unique fan-free environment of the pandemic bubble in Orlando.

“The 2015 Clipper team that we lost 3-1, Chris Paul, didn’t play the first two games, and was playing on one leg, and we didn’t have home court,” Rivers said.

“And then the last one (in 2020) to me, is the one we blew. That’s the one I took. We blew that. And that was in the bubble.

“And anything can happen in the bubble. There’s no home court. Game seven would have been in LA.” “But, it just happens. So I would say with me, some of them is… I got to do better always. I always take my own responsibility. And then, some of it is, circumstances happen.

“This one, let’s win it, and we don’t have to talk about it.”

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