NBA Conference semis kicking into high gear with Games 4 and 5 on deck | The GIST

    The GIST: Sorry to the aurora borealis, but the show stopping northern lights had nothing on the conference semis this weekend, with stunner after stunner in the East and West. Shine bright, shine far.

    Indiana Pacers blow out NY Knicks to even series: Aided by the Knicks’ injury woes, the Pacers dominated yesterday’s Game 4, winning 121–89 behind double-digit performances from six different players. Now, the highly unpredictable series shifts back to NY for Game 5 tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET.

    Denver Nuggets roar back against Minnesota Timberwolves: Between Jamal Murray’s halftime buzzer beater and Aaron Gordon’s near-perfect game, the Nuggets reminded everyone why they’re the defending champs last night, winning Game 4 115–107 and leveling the series before it swings back to Denver tomorrow at 10:30 p.m. ET.

    Tonight’s Game 4s: The Boston Celtics (up 2-1) held off Donovan Mitchell in a 106–93 Saturday dub to take back control of the series and hand the Cleveland Cavaliers their first home loss of the playoffs. With injuries plaguing the Cavs, tune in tonight at 7 p.m. ET to see if Boston’s Jayson Tatum can harness his re-found momentum.

    • The Dallas Mavericks (up 2-1) are in their upset era, rattling off two straight wins over the Western Conference top seed Oklahoma City Thunder. With Dallas’ Luka Dončić playing through leg injuries, his teammate P.J. Washington stepped up, notching five threes in Saturday’s W.
    • Dallas will try to giddy up to a 3-1 lead at home tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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