NBA playoffs 2022: Complete first-round results, news and highlights

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Tee Morant makes KAT Sr. take Ja's jersey (0:48)

Tee Morant makes Karl-Anthony Towns Sr. take Ja Morant's jersey after the Grizzlies eliminate the Timberwolves. (0:48)

The NBA postseason is here, and it's shaping up to be a wide-open chase to the 2022 title.

The Phoenix Suns ran away with the league's best regular-season record -- eight games clear of the second-best Memphis Grizzlies. Devin Booker, Chris Paul and the reigning Western Conference champs are on a mission to redeem themselves after last season's six-game Finals defeat to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Plenty of West contenders stand in the Suns' way, including Ja Morant and the Grizzlies, Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors, who are back in the playoffs for the first time since reaching the Finals in 2019.

In the East, the defending champion Bucks are the 3-seed in a log-jammed conference -- the top-seeded Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers were separated by just two games in the final regular season standings.

Here's all the info you need for each first-round matchup, including game recaps, news and series-by-series analysis.

EASTERN CONFERENCE


Miami Heat (1) defeat Atlanta Hawks (8), 4-1

Game 1: Heat 115, Hawks 91
Game 2: Heat 115, Hawks 105
Game 3: Hawks 111, Heat 110
Game 4: Heat 110, Hawks 86
Game 5: Heat 97, Hawks 94

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Bam's steal seals the series for the Heat

Danilo Gallinari is forced to throw a bad pass and Bam Adebayo comes up with the steal to seal the Heat's win vs. the Hawks in Game 5.


Boston Celtics (2) defeat Brooklyn Nets (7), 4-0

Game 1: Celtics 115, Nets 114
Game 2: Celtics 114, Nets 107
Game 3: Celtics 109, Nets 103
Game 4: Celtics 116, Nets 112

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The Celtics sweep the Nets on the road to advance

Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics dominate the Brooklyn Nets and sweep them on the road to advance to the second round of the playoffs.


Milwaukee Bucks (3) defeat Chicago Bulls (6), 4-1

Game 1: Bucks 93, Bulls 86
Game 2: Bulls 114, Bucks 110
Game 3: Bucks 111, Bulls 81
Game 4: Bucks 119, Bulls 95
Game 5: Bucks 116, Bulls 100

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Giannis drops 33 points as Bucks bounce Bulls

Giannis Antetokounmpo tallies 33 points and nine rebounds as the Bucks move on to the Eastern Conference semifinals.


Philadelphia 76ers (4) defeat Toronto Raptors (5), 4-2

Game 1: 76ers 131, Raptors 111
Game 2: 76ers 112, Raptors 97
Game 3: 76ers 104, Raptors 101
Game 4: Raptors 110, 76ers 102
Game 5: Raptors 103, 76ers 88
Game 6: 76ers 132, Raptors 97

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Embiid, Harden combine for 55 as Sixers close out Raptors

Joel Embiid records 33 points and 10 rebounds while James Harden adds 22 points and 15 assists as the 76ers move on to the Eastern Conference semis.

WESTERN CONFERENCE


Phoenix Suns (1) defeat New Orleans Pelicans (8), 4-2

Game 1: Suns 110, Pelicans 99
Game 2: Pelicans 125, Suns 114
Game 3: Suns 114, Pelicans 111
Game 4: Pelicans 118, Suns 103
Game 5: Suns 112, Pelicans 97
Game 6: Suns 115, Pelicans 109

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CP3's perfect 14-for-14 night helps Suns eliminate Pelicans

Chris Paul goes a perfect 14-for-14 from the field as the Suns defeat the Pelicans 115-109 to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.


Memphis Grizzlies (2) defeat Minnesota Timberwolves (7), 4-2

Game 1: Timberwolves 130, Grizzlies 117
Game 2: Grizzlies 124, Timberwolves 96
Game 3: Grizzlies 104, Timberwolves 95
Game 4: Timberwolves 119, Grizzlies 118
Game 5: Grizzlies 111, Timberwolves 109
Game 6: Grizzlies 114, Timberwolves 106

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Ja Morant feeds Tyus Jones for dagger 3 in Game 6

Tyus Jones gets the pass from Ja Morant and laces a huge 3-pointer to give the Grizzlies a 106-102 lead.


Golden State Warriors (3) defeat Denver Nuggets (6), 4-1

Game 1: Warriors 123, Nuggets 107
Game 2: Warriors 126, Nuggets 106
Game 3: Warriors 118, Nuggets 113
Game 4: Nuggets 126, Warriors 121
Game 5: Warriors 102, Nuggets 98

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Curry outduels Jokic in final minutes as Warriors eliminate Nuggets

Steph Curry comes up clutch down the stretch as the Warriors hold off Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets to win the game and the series 4-1.


Dallas Mavericks (4) defeat Utah Jazz (5), 4-2

Game 1: Jazz 99, Mavericks 93
Game 2: Mavericks 110, Jazz 104
Game 3: Mavericks 126, Jazz 118
Game 4: Jazz 100, Mavericks 99
Game 5: Mavericks 102, Jazz 77
Game 6: Mavericks 98, Jazz 96

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Mavs advance after Bogdanovic's 3-pointer comes up short at the buzzer

Bojan Bogdanovic comes up short on a game-winning 3-pointer as the Mavericks hold on to advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs.