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NBA playoffs: Lance Stephenson got to LeBron James, but the Cavaliers got the win

A 10-2 run for Indiana to open the third quarter has all but erased Cleveland’s 10-point halftime lead and is putting the Cavaliers back in danger of going home trailing 3-1 in this series.

Wizards Coach Scott Brooks sent him to the bench, which isn’t exactly the worst decision given there have been a lot of touch calls in this game, and Beal was going to need a break anyway.

Golden State has immediately scored five points, forcing a timeout form San Antonio interim coach Ettore Messina, to pull back within nine at the 10-minute mark.

This is why Giannis Antetokounmpo is arguably the game’s most unique player: 7-feet tall, has the ball on the perimeter, and just drives to the rim and hammers one on one of the league’s best interior defenders in Al Horford.

Late in the second quarter, though, the clip of Boston Celtics Coach Brad Stevens talking to his team was instructive as to why the Milwaukee Bucks have built a big lead in the first half of Game 4.

The result has been that the Celtics have short-circuited on offense (other than Jaylen Brown, who scored 15 first-half points), allowing Milwaukee to get out and run in transition and put multiple possessions together as the Bucks have built a 51-35 halftime lead.

The Boston Celtics are considered to be the deeper team in their series with the Milwaukee Bucks — even without players like Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart and Daniel Theis.

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