Marcus Smart injury update: Celtics guard still not close to returning but ‘making good progress’ Toronto moved the ball well and won the assist battle, 34-20.On the other side, the 76ers jumped out to a 14-0 lead en route to a 122-100 victory over the Nets.Halfway thru 1Q and the score is…*squints*14-0, us.— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 24, 2019Joel Embiid posted a game-high 23 points and 13 rebounds in just 20 minutes in Philadelphia’s dominant win.The 76ers and Raptors will now face each other in the Eastern Conference semifinals.Meanwhile, the Nuggets won their second consecutive game with a 108-90 victory over the Spurs.Denver became the first team in the series to win two straight and did so in a dominant fashion.The Nuggets made twice as many 3-pointers as the Spurs, and Jamal Murray was responsible for four of them.Murray finished with a game-high 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting.LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan both contributed 17 points for San Antonio in the loss.The matchup has been the most competitive this postseason. But it could be over after Game 6 on Thursday.Elsewhere, the Trail Blazers beat the Thunder 118-115 in a Game 5 thriller in Portland.Damian Lillard made a ridiculous 3-pointer over Paul George for the win from beyond 35 feet. He scored a franchise record 34 first-half points and finished with 50. Both sides were upset in Game 1, but won four straight to eliminate their opponents.The Raptors topped the Magic 115-96 behind a 27-point performance from Kawhi Leonard. Related News The first three games Tuesday weren’t competitive at all, but the last one certainly was.Toronto and Philadelphia both blew out their opponents in Game 5 to advance to the second round. NBA playoffs 2019: Rockets’ Clint Capela playing through illness Paul George scored 36 points and helped pull the Thunder back from a 12-point deficit, but the Trail Blazers’ made all the right plays down the stretch to reclaim the lead.Portland will now await the winner of the series between Denver and San Antonio in the second round.Studs of the NightPascal Siakam totaled 24 points in Toronto’s win.Rondae Hollis-Jefferson tallied 21 points for the Nets.Nikola Jokic had a quality night all around, racking up 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Nuggets.Duds of the NightJonathan Isaac scored three points on 1-of-7 shooting in the Magic’s loss.D’Angelo Russell scored eight points on 3-of-16 shooting for the Nets.HighlightsBen Simmons ended Philadelphia’s first quarter with a slam at the rim.Ending the first with a BANG 💥@BenSimmons25 #PhilaUnite | #HereTheyCome pic.twitter.com/zgANmjKuDo— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 24, 2019Marc Gasol with the big block of D.J. Augustin’s floater, which helped the Raptors get out on the break.GIMMIE THAT pic.twitter.com/krgImpBcYx— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 24, 2019Derrick White initiated the spin cycle against the Nuggets for an acrobatic finish. Derrick White got fancy! 😏#GoSpursGo | #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/Ksr5nbe0NT— NBA TV (@NBATV) April 24, 2019What’s Next?Jazz at Rockets 8 p.m. ET — Houston missed an opportunity to sweep Utah on Monday. But now it’ll get a chance to finish things off at the Toyota Center. Should the Rockets and Warriors win on Wednesday, the much anticipated matchup between the two could get underway soon.