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CLEVELAND — Dropping his first shot in the lane, Kevin Love was a different player for the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. Love shook off two horrid games in Toronto by scoring 25 points in Cleveland’s blowout, a performance that boosted his confidence and renewed his teammate’s trust in him. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
TORONTO — The Raptors have been here before, needing to rebound at home in the playoffs after being completely dismantled on the road. After once again being overwhelmed in Cleveland, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan will try to defy expectations and help Toronto avoid elimination when the Eastern Conference final shifts back to Canada Friday for Game 6. By Ian Harrison. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
MIAMI — It was Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals between Toronto and Cleveland, and television analyst Jeff Van Gundy was talking about Archie Bunker. Really, who could blame him? This has been the NBA postseason of romps, with as many games decided by 25 points or more as there have been decided by five points or less. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 5 p.m.
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OMAHA, Neb. — Iowa plays Ohio State in the second round of the Big Ten tournament. UPCOMING. 150 words. Game starts at 6 p.m.