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NBA first-round playoff series capsules

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Capsules for the first-round NBA playoff series in the Eastern and Western conferences: EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 TORONTO RAPTORS (59-23) vs. No. 8 WASHINGTON WIZARDS (43-39) Season series: Split, 2-2 Story line: It was the best regular season in Toronto history and its first time going into the playoffs as a No. 1 seed, but the Raptors know it's the playoff result that will determine if 2017-18 was a success. The Raptors got out of the first round once in their first 20 seasons; they're now trying to do so for a third straight season. Washington was inconsistent all season, but now has All-Star John Wall back from injury, and he'll be needed. Key Matchup: Toronto's Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan

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Record foreign legion in NBA playoffs

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A record 62 international players from 33 countries will feature in the NBA playoffs starting this weekend, the league announced on Thursday. An NBA statement said all 16 teams competing in the Eastern and Western Conference playoffs would field at least one overseas players. The Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers lead the foreign legion with seven international players each, while the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs each have six international players.

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Baynes 26 points, 14 rebounds leads Celtics past Nets

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Most of Boston's regulars got a chance to watch some basketball – both on and off the court. Following an easy season-ending 110-97 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night, their plans finally could turn to the ''Greek Freak'' and the Milwaukee Bucks. Aron Baynes led a short-handed Boston lineup with a career-best 26 points and 14 rebounds, carrying the Celtics in their regular season finale.

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Philadelphia secures No. 3 seed with blowout over Bucks

Dario Saric scored 24 points, Justin Anderson added 25 points off the bench, and the Philadelphia 76ers roared into the postseason with a 130-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center to secure the third overall seed in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers closed the regular season on a 16-game winning streak, the longest ever for a team entering the postseason, winning half of those games with All-Star center Joel Embiid sidelined by a facial fracture.

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