2018 NBA playoffs schedule, matchups and news

LeBron told teammates 'just give me the ball' (1:12)

LeBron James breaks down his game-winning buzzer-beater to give the Cavaliers a 3-2 series lead over the Pacers. (1:12)

The 2018 playoffs are here! We've got you covered from the first round all the way through the NBA Finals.

Key dates: 2018 NBA playoffs

April 14: First round begins | Tickets on Vivid Seats

April 30-May 1: Conference semis begin (possible move-up to April 28-29)

May 15-16: Conference finals begin (possible move-up to May 13-14)

May 31: NBA Finals begin

Best of the postseason

(1) Toronto Raptors vs. (8) Washington Wizards


Raptors one win from moving on

DeMar DeRozan drops 32 points and Kyle Lowry adds a double-double as the Raptors ignite the crowd by taking a 3-2 series lead.

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (7) Milwaukee Bucks


Celtics take physical Game 5

Al Horford drops a double-double, Marcus Smart returns to contribute 9 points and the Celtics defeat the Bucks for a 3-2 series lead.

(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (6) Miami Heat


Celebrating win with Hart.

Joel Embiid picks up Kevin Hart into his arms prior to telling ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, "I think we have a chance to go to the [NBA] Finals."

(4) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (5) Indiana Pacers


LeBron delivers with heroics

LeBron James' 44-point night is capped off by a clutch block setting up his game winner.

(1) Houston Rockets vs. (8) Minnesota Timberwolves


Rockets close out Timberwolves

James Harden and Clint Capela each post a double-double as the Rockets defeat the Timberwolves 122-104 to advance to the second round.

(2) Golden State Warriors vs. (7) San Antonio Spurs


Dubs take first round in five

The Warriors have Steph Curry raising the roof and the fans out of their seats as they advance past the Spurs with the Pelicans looming.

(3) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (6) New Orleans Pelicans


Holiday, Pelicans felt like it was them against the world

Jrue Holiday joins GetUp! to break down the Pelicans' sweep of the Trail Blazers.

(4) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (5) Utah Jazz


Russ takes over to extend series

The Thunder fend off elimination on the back of Russell Westbrook, scoring 20 of his 45 points in the third quarter.