NBA playoffs scores, takeaways: Lakers avoid sweep, OKC takes commanding 3-0 lead and Celtics dismantle Heat

The Los Angeles Lakers avoided being swept on Saturday with a 119-108 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 4, which broke an 11-game losing L.A. losing streak against Denver. 

In other playoff action, the Orlando Magic evened their series with the Cleveland Cavaliers at 2-2 with a 112-89 victory that saw them outscore Cleveland by a whopping 27 points in the third quarter to flip the nine-point lead Cleveland took into halftime. 

The Oklahoma City Thunder went up 3-0 on the New Orleans Pelicans with a 106-85 win on Saturday, and the Boston Celtics bounced back from a surprising Game 2 loss to the Miami Heat with a 104-84 win to go up 2-1 in that series. 

Lakers finally finish what they start

The Lakers have held the lead for 136 minutes in this series, while the Nuggets have led for just 42 minutes. The Lakers have held a double-digit lead in all four games, and they have led all four games after the first quarter and two of the games at halftime, including Saturday's affair. They finally closed one in Game 4 as the series shifts back to Denver for Game 5 on Monday. 

It begs the question: Have the Lakers actually been the better team for most of this series or has Denver just been playing with its food through the first three quarters? I would argue a little bit of both. L.A. has gotten extraordinary performances out of Anthony Davis and LeBron James, who combined for 55 points Saturday. Davis had 25 points and 23 rebounds alone. D'Angelo Russell and Austin Reaves had 21 each. 

This series could very easily be tied 2-2, at the very least, had the Lakers managed to hang onto just one of those big leads. If this thing was 2-2, we would be having a very different conversation. But it isn't. And now the Lakers are faced with having to become the first team in history to recover from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven series. It's not going to happen, and it's going to cloud what has actually been a pretty damn impressive showing from L.A. against the defending champs. 

Celtics reestablish dominance in Miami

The Celtics played a nearly perfect game on Saturday, following the blueprint for how Joe Mazzulla wants to win this series. They led from wire to wire, playing with more pace offensively and more force defensively. The scariest part is that Boston actually made fewer 3-pointers in Game 3 than it did in their Game 2 loss, and still won by 20. 

That means there's significant room for improvement if they have a hot shooting night – which they will, eventually. One of the keys for the Celtics was Kristaps Porzingis, who bounced back from a downright awful Game 2 performance to put up 18 points, five rebounds and two blocks on 3-for-5 3-point shooting. The big man looked engaged early, and the Celtics made an active effort to get him involved.

Defensively, Boston took out the head of the snake early, as Tyler Herro finished with 15 points and just two assists (he had a career-high 14 assists in Game 2) on 5-for-16 shooting.

For the Heat, there's not a whole lot they can take away from a game like this, and they may just flush it altogether. They had success limiting Boston's 3-point barrage, but that resulted in 42 points in the paint for the Celtics. Ultimately, though, Erik Spoeltstra has to be happy if his team can hold the league's best offense to 104 points.

The problems came on the other side, where they simply ran out of playmaking once Herro was taken out of rhythm. They're not going to make 23 3-pointers every night as they did in Game 2, but they need guys like Duncan Robinson (zero 3-point attempts in seven minutes) and Caleb Martin (two 3-point attempts in 38 minutes) to have an impact from beyond the arc if they're going to have a chance in this series.

OKC is smothering McCollum, Ingram

Without Zion Williamson, New Orleans needed a big series from at least one of C.J. McCollum or Brandon Ingram, and probably from both. That hasn't happened. 

McCollum, who shot 7-for-22 in Game 3, is averaging 17 points on 38% shooting. He's 5-for-22 from 3. Ingram is averaging a way-too-quiet 16 points on 41% shooting. 

OKC is just too good for New Orleans to have any chance with its best two shot makers going like this, though it would be disingenuous to suggest these are just random bad games. OKC's defense is legit. Between Lu Dort, Jalen Williams, Cason Wallace and even Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who is long and instinctive, everywhere you look is a brick of a defender squeezing the life out of New Orleans' offense. 

OKC has dominated Games 2 and 3, winning by a total of 53 points. The only game that was winnable for New Orleans was the opener, which OKC pulled out by two on a late SGA jumper. Turns out, the Pelicans really needed that one if they were going to make this is a series. Now it's a formality. 

No Banchero, no problem

The Orlando Magic already struggle to score, so on paper, it should be virtually impossible for them to win a game in which their best player, Paolo Banchero, scores just nine points, but not only did they defeat the Cavs in Game 4 to tie the series 2-2 despite Banchero shooting just 4-for-14, they won by 23 points. Here's how:

  • Franc Wagner was sensational: 34 points (11-17 FG, 2-3 3PT, 1-1 FT), 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, 0 turnovers in 40 minutes. 
  • Jonathan Isaac was also terrific: 14 points (5-7 FG, 4-6 3PT), 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks in 20 minutes. 

Those two guys going 6-for-9 from deep is the kind of unexpected production a team like Orlando needs to put up enough offense on a quiet Banchero night. Orlando, which turned a nine-point halftime deficit into a rout with a 37-10 third-quarter wiping, outscored Cleveland by 24 points from beyond the arc. 

NBA playoffs scores: Saturday, April 27

  • Game 4: Magic 112, Cavaliers 89 (Series tied 2-2) -- Recap
  • Game 3: Thunder 106, Pelicans 85 (OKC leads 3-0) -- Recap
  • Game 3: Celtics 104, Heat 84  (BOS leads 2-1) -- Recap
  • Game 4: Lakers 119, Nuggets 109 (DEN leads 2-1) -- Recap 

CBS Sports provided live updates, analysis and highlights throughout Saturday's slate. Follow along below.

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Lakers avoid the sweep in Game 4 win 

The Lakers have finally held onto a lead at the final buzzer, and it could not have come at a more opportune time. Facing the prospect of a second consecutive sweep to the reigning NBA champs, LeBron James and Anthony Davis powered Los Angeles to a 119-108 win. The win snapped an 11-game losing streak to Denver, and ensures that the Lakers will have at least notched one victory in the 2024 playoffs. Nikola Jokic contributed his best efforts with a trademark triple double, but now the series will shift back to Denver. No team has ever come back down 3-0, but with LeBron around, history is always short of being broken. 

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Magic tie series 2-2 with 112-89 win

We are four games into the Cleveland-Orlando series, and none of them have been tightly contested. The Magic earned their second straight blowout victory on Sunday by absolutely annihilating the Cavs in the second half. Cleveland had a 60-51 lead at halftime, Orlando won the third quarter 37-10 and, when Jamahl Mosley took his starters out with 4:10 remaining in the fourth quarter, his team was on a 56-20 run.

The wild thing is that the Magic pulled this off without a strong game from Paolo Banchero offensively. After scoring 31 points in their Game 3 victory on Thursday, he finished with just nine points on 4-for-14 shooting, with four turnovers.

Some notable stats:

  • Franz Wagner: 34 points (11-17 FG, 2-3 3PT, 1-1 FT), 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, 0 turnovers in 40 minutes
  • Jonathan Isaac: 14 points (5-7 FG, 4-6 3PT), 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks in 20 minutes
  • Donovan Mitchell: 18 points (5-14 FG, 1-4 FT, 7-7 FT), 1 rebound, 6 assists, 3 steals, 6 turnovers in 36 minutes (scoreless on 0-4 FG in the second half)
  • Jarrett Allen: 21 points (8-11 FG, 5-7 FT), 9 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 turnover
  • 3-point shooting: Orlando 12-26, Cleveland 4-17
  • Halfcourt offense (per Cleaning The Glass): Orlando 109.6 points per 100 plays, Cleveland 88.6 per 100
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Thunder go up 3-0 with 106-85 win

Remember last Sunday's series opener, in which the Thunder escaped with a two-point win at home thanks to a late jumper from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander? It turns out the Pelicans really needed that one.

In the two games since, Oklahoma City has beaten New Orleans by a combined 53 points. The Thunder are young and haven't been here before, but you'd never know it by watching them play. Game 3 was a professional beatdown.

Some notable stats:

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: 24 points (8-20 FG, 1-5 3PT, 7-9 FT), 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals, 1 block, 3 turnovers in 37 minutes
  • Jalen Williams: 21 points (9-16 FG, 3-4 3PT), 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 3 turnovers in 35 minutes
  • Josh Giddey: 21 points (8-13 FG, 4-7 3PT, 1-2 FT), 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 3 turnovers in 31 minutes
  • Also of note for OKC: Lu Dort shot 4-for-8 from 3, including one stretch in which he hit three 3s on consecutive possessions, and Chet Holmgren had four blocks.
  • Brandon Ingram: 19 points (7-14 FG, 2-3 3PT, 3-3 FT), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 2 turnovers in 37 minutes
  • CJ McCollum: 16 points (7-22 FG, 2-8 3PT), 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 6 turnovers in 35 minutes
  • Also of note for New Orleans: It turned the ball over 20 times and shot 9-for-32 (28.1%) from 3-point range as a team.
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Final: Celtics 104, Heat 84

(Celtics lead series 2-1)

Well, the Heat couldn't repeat the magic they found in Game 2, getting thoroughly outplayed from start to finish in Saturday's loss to the Celtics. Boston spread the love offensively, with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown leading the way with 22 points apiece, but the Game 3 story was the defense, which limited Miami to 42% shooting from the field and just nine 3-pointers (after the Heat sunk a franchise-record 23 in Game 2).

With Jimmy Butler and Terry Rozier out, Tyler Herro is the head of the snake, and the Celtics did a great job taking him out of rhythm early. He finished with 15 points and just two assists (he had a career-high 14 in Wednesday's win), while shooting 5-for-16 from the floor. This seems like a game that Miami will just flush as they prepare for Monday's Game 4, hoping to tie the series before heading back to Boston.

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Lakers looking good to start fourth

L.A. has its lead up to 15 with 7:30 to play after a D'Angelo Russell floater. Russell has been great with 17 points as a game-high +19 after being held scoreless in Game 3. 

April 28, 2024, 2:40 AM
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Lakers lead 91-80 after 3Q

Well, here we go. The Lakers have a fourth-quarter lead for the second time in this series after leading all four games at halftime. Can they finally hold on, or will Denver finish off the sweep? 

April 28, 2024, 2:27 AM
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Michael Porter Jr. has been phenomenal

MPJ has been shooting the lights out in this series and he's at it again in Game 4 with 23 points and four 3-pointers. When he's playing like this, it's very difficult to even imagine beating the Nuggets as Jokic and Murray are a pretty inevitable two-man unit. That said, the Lakers are managing to stay in front as the third quarter winds down -- up 12 with two minutes to play. We'll see if they can somehow win the fourth quarter for the first time in this series. 

April 28, 2024, 2:17 AM
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Lakers lead Nuggets 61-48 at halftime

L.A. goes into halftime leading the Nuggets for the fourth time in as many games in this series. As we all know, the Nuggets have come back to win the first three. Can the Lakers hold on tonight?

  • Anthony Davis: 17 points, 11 rebounds
  • LeBron James: 14 points, 7-of-10 shooting
  • Austin Reaves: 13 points, 5 assists
  • Nikola Jokic: 15 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists
  • Jamal Murray: 12 points, 4-of-11 shooting
  • Michael Porter Jr.: 10 points, 6 rebounds
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Austin Reaves came to play for Lakers

Austin Reaves has 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting with four minutes remaining in the first half. Aggressive but poised. Great shot selection. LeBron James is also playing extremely physically. Bob Myers made a smart observation about LeBron prioritizing post play and overpowering defenders when he feels the stakes of a game rise -- i.e. elimination games. James has 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting. 

April 28, 2024, 1:29 AM
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Lakers lead 28-23 after 1Q

The Lakers have led after the first quarter and at halftime of all three games of this series, so let's not get too excited about this early advantage. That said, the Lakers, shooting better than 60%, have at least come to compete early on tonight. 

April 28, 2024, 1:06 AM
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Jokic with a ridiculous pass

We use words like "ridiculous" and "insane" way too lightly in NBA discussion. A lot of plays to which we';re attaching those descriptors are not worthy. I say that to say this pass by Jokic, the sheer casualness of it, was ridiculous. 

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Nuggets at Lakers Game 4 info

We're minutes away from tip-off in Los Angeles. Here's how to watch Game 4.

  • Date: Saturday, April 27 | Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Arena -- Los Angeles, California
  • TV channel: ABC | Live streamfubo (try for free)
  • Odds: Nuggets -3.5 | O/U 218.5
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End of 3rd quarter - Celtics 87, Heat 61

  • Jaylen Brown: 18 pts, 8 reb, 3 ast
  • Jayson Tatum: 16 pts, 6 reb, 5 ast
  • Kristaps Porzingis: 15 pts, 5 reb, 3-5 3P
  • Derrick White: 16 pts, 5 reb, 3 ast
  • Tyler Herro: 15 pts, 5-16 FG
  • Bam Adebayo: 15 pts, 8 reb, 2 ast
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Heat comeback not looking likely

If Miami was going to erase this deficit, they needed to come out on fire to start the third quarter while getting stops on the other end. Needless to say, that hasn't been the case as Boston has maintained a lead in the mid-20s. The attack has been spread for the Celtics, the way they like it, with four players scoring at least 12 points. Thus far they've also contained Tyler Herro, who went off in the Heat's Game 2 win, limiting him to 3-for-11 shooting.

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Halftime - Celtics 63, Heat 39

  • Jayson Tatum: 15 pts, 6 reb, 4 ast
  • Kristaps Porzingis: 12 pts, 4 reb, 2-3 3P
  • Derrick White: 12 pts, 4 reb
  • Tyler Herro: 10 pts, 3-11 FG
  • Bam Adebayo: 9 pts, 5 reb, 2 ast, 3-9 FG
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All Celtics in Game 3

Jayson Tatum is dominating the second quarter and the Celtics have already knocked down six 3-pointers, as they've opened up an 18-point lead over the Heat. Tyler Herro as just two points and zero assists, and he's going to have to be the one to get going if the Heat are going to mount a comeback.

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Celtics at Heat Game 3 info

We're minutes away from tip-off in Miami. Here's how to watch Game 3.

  • Date: Saturday, April 27 | Time: 6 p.m. ET
  • Location: Kaseya Center -- Miami, Florida
  • TV channel: TNT | Live stream: TNT app
  • Odds: Celtics -9.5 | O/U 204.5
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April 27, 2024, 9:55 PM
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Holmgren's block party continues

Given the situation, this Chet Holmgren block on CJ McCollum felt mean: 

Yeah, he just devoured that layup attempt. Tough stuff for New Orleans.

It was Holmgren's fourth block of the game. While he's only scored six points (2-8 FG), he has been an absolute force. It's not some kind of coincidence that the Pelicans have gotten so little at the rim and at the line.

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OKC can do no wrong, it seems

It feels like everybody who has taken the floor for the Thunder has played well tonight. And for the Pelicans, it probably feels like OKC is shooting 100% from 3-point range. 

The actual number is 48.6% through 41-plus minutes. With 6:36 left in the game, the Thunder have shot 17-for-35 from deep ... but it feels worse because Josh Giddey and Lu Dort -- i.e. the guys New Orleans isn't that worried about -- have both shot an identical 4-for-7.

Credit to Giddey and Dort for knocking down their open shots. It has to hurt, though, for Pelicans fans to see this happen while their team is shooting 9-for-29 (31%) from 3-point range. 

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The turnover problem

On their first offensive possession of the fourth quarter, the Pelicans turned the ball over when Naji Marshall attempted to throw an entry pass to Larry Nance Jr. It was their 17th turnover of the game, which is, uh, a lot.

New Orleans is not down by 20 points -- it's 89-69 with 9:20 left -- because of only one thing. If there is one thing that best illustrates the Pelicans' issues, though, it's their inability to take care of the ball. Without Zion Williamson, they do not have a ton of room for error offensively. It's hard enough to score against OKC as it is; if you're literally throwing away possessions, you're cooked.

According to Cleaning The Glass, New Orleans has a 22.1% turnover rate. That means they're turning the ball over more than once every five possessions. (As a point of comparison, the Utah Jazz had a league-worst 15.5% turnover rate during the regular season.)

I don't bring this up just to shame the Pelicans, but to praise the Thunder. Oklahoma City is swarming them, and this isn't some kind of anomaly. The Thunder forced turnovers more often than any other team during the regular season. 

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End 3Q: Holmgren says no (OKC up 85-69)

Chet Holmgren's third block of the game -- and 10th of the series -- was special stuff. In the third quarter, Trey Murphy III challenged him at the rim and the rookie said no:

Holmgren has been relatively quiet offensively in this game, but he's fared extremely well in his first playoff series. He had a similar block against Herb Jones in the first half, and he's generally seemed ready for this moment. 

Late in the third quarter, with Holmgren getting a rest, both teams went to super-small lineups.

On the court for OKC: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Cason Wallace, Isaiah Joe, Gordon Hayward and Jalen Williams. (That's "J-Dub," the wing, not the bigger Jaylin "J-Will" Williams.)

And for New Orleans: CJ McCollum, Dyson Daniels, Naji Marshall, Herb Jones and Trey Murphy III.

During this time, the Thunder extended their lead from 10 to 19 points, with two 3s from Williams and one from Joe (and Jones, Murphy and Marshall all missing 3s for New Orleans).

The Pelicans are on the brink now, trailing by 16 points going into the fourth quarter, but it was almost worse. They were down 19, and then Brandon Ingram somehow made this:

That probably should have been an and-1, right?

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Lineup shift for NOLA

With their season effectively on the line, the Pelicans started the second half with Larry Nance Jr. in Jonas Valanciunas' place. They were -10 in Valanciunas' 12 first-half minutes, and, while Nance can't do what the 7-footer does in the post, he's a much more versatile defender and a more willing 3-point shooter. 

Consider this a small victory for the Thunder, who have not overreacted to Valanciunas' scoring and offensive rebounds throughout this series.

With 8:31 left in the third quarter, OKC is up 69-58. New Orleans has been hot offensively to start the half -- Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum have already made 3s and scored from the midrange, Herb Jones scored on a fast break and nobody has missed a shot -- but the Thunder have knocked down three 3s themselves. 

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Halftime: The Dortsplosion! (OKC up 60-46)

After missing virtually all of the first quarter because he got hit in the eye, Jalen Williams started off the second about as aggressively as possible. He got buckets on three of the Thunder's first four possessions, twice bullying Jose Alvarado and once hitting a tough leaner against Larry Nance Jr. 

And on the other possession, Josh Giddey did this:


Before I get to more Thunder-centric stuff, I'm going to try to say something positive about the Pelicans: After shooting just 2-for-8 from 3-point range in the opening frame, the Pelicans went 4-for-9 from deep in the second, excluding Brandon Ingram's last-second heave. 

In the moment, this Herb Jones shot felt pretty huge:

Jones, by the way, finished the regular season shooting 41.8% from deep. That was good for 15th in the league, an incredible accomplishment for a player opposing teams used to completely ignore on the perimeter. His improvement on offense is a huge deal for New Orleans, and I wrote a story about it in March.

With less than five minutes to go in the half, the Pelicans were down 40-39 ... but then OKC went on a personal 9-0 run, making three 3s in 44 seconds (one from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, two from Dort), prompting a New Orleans timeout. Dort extended it to a 12-0 run with his third consecutive 3 after the timeout, and, at halftime, the Thunder have a 14-point lead.

OKC ended the first half on a 20-7 run. Gilgeous-Alexander has 15 points (4-9 FG, 1-3 3PT, 6-6 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 19 minutes, and he's +15.

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End 1Q: Good news about J-Dub and J-Will

"With _____, it's an 11-2 run for OKC." Please try to fill in the blank here. Think about the Thunder's roster, and think about all the different ways that they can score. Tons of possibilities, right?

I bet you didn't think "J-Will skyhook," though.

Take a look:

A couple of possessions later, Jaylin Williams made a catch-and-shoot 3, too. And, in more good news for the Thunder, Jalen Williams checked back in with 53 seconds left in the first quarter. 

In other injury-adjacent news: On the Pelicans' last defensive possession of the first quarter, Jose Alvarado drew an offensive foul on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, but, in the process, collided with teammate Naji Marshall. Alvarado, shaken up, had to check out of the game with 4.8 seconds on the clock. 

At the beginning of the second quarter, however, Alvarado is back on the court, with his team down 23-19.

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Pelicans fly off to a fast start, but...

Here's the first big highlight of the Pelicans-Thunder game, a looooong-distance connection between CJ McCollum and Trey Murphy III:

It's not always going to be this spectacular, but New Orleans needs to find transition points like these if it's going to get its first win of the series. Oklahoma City's halfcourt defense is superb.

The above play was part of a strong start for the Pelicans, who went up 7-2 in the game's first few minutes. After that, though, the Thunder responded with a 9-2 run. 

It has been a frenetic first quarter, and not a high-scoring one. With 3:43 on the clock, OKC leads 14-11 and the two teams are shooting a combined 11-for-33 from the field (3-for-14 from deep).

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Jalen Williams injury?

On the Thunder's first offensive possession on Saturday, Jalen Williams attacked the basket and took a shot to the face from Brandon Ingram. Williams stayed down as the Pelicans went the other way (and CJ McCollum missed a corner 3), and the Thunder called a timeout with 11:27 on the clock so they could get him looked at. 

It was weird that Ingram, who came over to contest the shot, wasn't called for a foul on the play.

According to TNT Sports' Allie LaForce, Williams got hit in the eye. He put eyedrops in his eyes during the timeout, and then he went back to the locker room. Cason Wallace has checked in for Williams. 

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Thunder at Pelicans Game 3 info

We're minutes away from tip-off in New Orleans. Here's how to watch Game 3.

  • Date: Saturday, April 27 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Smoothie King Center -- New Orleans
  • TV channel: TNT | Live stream: TNT app
  • Odds: Thunder -1.5 | O/U 209.5
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April 27, 2024, 7:25 PM
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The drought ended, but the run is ongoing

Some good news for the Cavs: Caris LeVert made a jump shot! Before that, Cleveland hadn't scored for almost seven minutes. 

Some bad news for the Cavs: They're still not stopping the Magic, and Franz Wagner in particular is carving them up. He's up to 29 points on 11-for-14 shooting, to go with his 13 rebounds and four assists. Orlando has outscored Cleveland 47-13 since halftime and has a 98-73 lead with 8:47 left in the game.

Unless everything about this game changes fast, the Magic are going to even up this series.

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End of third quarter: Magic 88, Cavs 70

That quarter was alllllll Magic. They won the quarter 37-10 (!!!), and Jonathan Isaac punctuated the beatdown with a putback dunk.

Some fun (from Orlando's perspective, anyway) facts about that quarter:

  • The Cavs had more turnovers (6) than made field goals (4)
  • Franz Wagner outscored Cleveland by himself (12-10)
  • The Cavs shot 4-for-19 from the field and 2-for-10 from 3-point range, and they didn't get to the free throw line at all. The Magic, meanwhile, shot 13-for-22 from the field, 6-for-10 from deep and 5-for-6 from the line.
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Even more bad news for Cleveland

With 2:06 left in the third quarter, Donovan Mitchell fouled Franz Wagner in semi-transition. Wagner made the free throws, then the Cavs turned the ball over immediately and Jonathan Isaac made a 3-pointer. After another empty possession for Cleveland, Markelle Fultz scored on a fast break. The Cavs haven't scored in more than four minutes, and Orlando is on a 27-5 run.

Making matters worse: That foul on Mitchell was his fourth. He checked out afterward, but, sat for less than a minute before J.B. Bickerstaff elected to sub him back in. Cleveland is desperate for offense, and Mitchell needs to be careful not to pick up his fifth foul.

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