Raptors, 76ers each clinch se­ries, will face off in East semi­fi­nals

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Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, Pascal Si­akam added 24 and the Toronto Raptors used another sti­fling de­fen­sive ef­fort to beat the Or­lando Magic 115-96 on Tues­day night in Toronto, win­ning their first-round play­off se­ries in five games.

Kyle Lowry scored 14 points as the Raptors fin­ished off the Magic with ease, bounc­ing back from a Game 1 de­feat to win by dou­ble-dig­its in three of the next four. Toronto led by as many as 37 in the clincher, their biggestever mar­gin in a play­off game.

It’s the fourth straight year the Raptors have reached the sec­ond round.

Leonard made 8 of 11 shots, in­clud­ing 5 of 5 from 3-point range, as the Raptors jumped on Or­lando early and never trailed. Leonard also made all six of his free throws. He checked out to cheers of “MVP, MVP” with 8:05 to play and Toronto up 10575.

76ers 122, Nets 100: Philadelphia used a 14-0 start to beat vis­it­ing Brook­lyn in Game 5 and win their Eastern Con­fer­ence play­off se­ries. Ben Simmons thumped his chest af­ter a big dunk as the Six­ers raced to a 32-12 lead. Joel Em­biid had 23 points and 13 re­bounds. Philadelphia will play Toronto in the Eastern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals. No­table Suns: Phoenix fired coach Igor Kokoskov af­ter one sea­son. The team an­nounced Kokoskov’s fir­ing in a state­ment Mon­day night. A long­time NBA as­sis­tant, Kokoskov was the first Eu­ro­pean-born head coach in NBA his­tory when Phoenix hired him to re­place in­terim coach Jay Tri­ano in 2018. Kokoskov’s fir­ing leaves Phoenix search­ing for its fifth head coach in five sea­sons.

Cava­liers: A per­son fa­mil­iar with the team’s plans says the Cava­liers in­tend to in­ter­view Port­land assistants Nate Tib­betts and David Van­ter­pool for their coach­ing job. The per­son spoke to The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause of the sen­si­tiv­ity of the talks. The Trail Blaz­ers host Ok­la­homa City on Tues­day night in Game 5 of their open­ing-round play­off se­ries. Cleve­land is look­ing for a coach to re­place Larry Drew.

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