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NBA G League Playoffs: Conference Semifinals

By Jeffrey Kee | April 7, 2022

The 2022 NBA G League Playoffs presented by Google Pixel continue on April 7 with the Conference Semifinals. One Eastern Conference matchup and both Western Conference matchups will be played on Thursday, with the final matchup of the round being played on Friday, April 8. All games can be watched on NBA TV, ESPNews, or ESPNU.

THURSDAY, APRIL 7

No. 1 Raptors 905 131, No. 4 Capital City Go-Go 126 (OT)

The top-seeded Raptors 905 earned a thrilling overtime victory against the Capital City Go-Go to secure their spot in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight season. The 905 led by as many as 18 points in the first half until Jordan Goodwin (35 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST) and Cassius Winston (28 PTS, 11-14 FG) spearheaded a furious comeback to give the Go-Go a late fourth quarter lead. Ultimately, the Raptors 905 prevailed behind huge performances from star rookies Justin Champagnie (29 PTS) and Dalano Banton (25 PTS, 11 REB, 7 AST). They also received key bench contributions from Kevon Harris (25 PTS, 9 REB) and Breein Tyree (19 PTS).

The Raptors 905 will take on the No. 3 Delaware Blue Coats on Sunday, April 10 at 7:00 pm/ET on ESPNU.

No. 1 Rio Grande Valley Vipers 120, No. 5 Texas Legends 103

The Western Conference’s No. 1 seed Rio Grande Valley Vipers started their playoff journey in dominant fashion with a convincing win against the Texas Legends. The Vipers – who led by as many as 31 points in the second half – had three 20+ point scorers, including newly-crowned Kia MVP Trevelin Queen (25 PTS, 7 REB, 7 AST), Anthony Lamb (21 PTS, 11 REB), and Tyler Bey (25 PTS, 12 REB off the bench). Rio Grande Valley connected on 18 three-pointers and out-rebounded Texas by 17. Despite the loss, the Legends received big performances from Moses Wright (25 PTS) and Carlik Jones, who dropped 36 PTS and 14 AST, the highest scoring and assist totals by any player this postseason.

The Vipers will face the Agua Caliente Clippers at home on Saturday, April 9 at 8:30 pm/ET on ESPNews.

No. 2 Agua Caliente Clippers 112, No. 3 South Bay Lakers 110

The Agua Caliente Clippers made history tonight when they defeated the South Bay Lakers to earn the first playoff win in team history. The game went down to the wire thanks to six 18+ point performances and three double-double outings among both teams. Keaton Wallace stepped up and scored a team-high 23 PTS while rookie Brandon Boston Jr. added 18 PTS off the bench for Agua Caliente. The Clippers, who ranked second in the G League in three-point percentage (37.5%) during the regular season, drilled 14 three’s on 42% shooting. Despite the loss, the Lakers received huge efforts from Mason Jones (33 PTS), Paris Bass (29 PTS, 12 REB), and Mac McClung who posted a near triple-double with 18 PTS, 10 AST, and 9 REB.

FRIDAY, APRIL 8

No. 3 Delaware Blue Coats 124, No. 2 Motor City Cruise 116

The Blue Coats became just the second road team to win a game in the NBA G League Playoffs presented by Google Pixel, as Philadelphia 76ers assignee Jaden Springer led all scorers with 30 points to go with 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Two-way player Charlie Brown Jr. – who was not with the team for its Quarterfinals win – added 28 points and 10 rebounds, while newly-named Defensive Player of the Year Shaquille Harrison stuffed the stat sheet with a near triple-double (12 PTS, 10 AST, 8 REB, 2 STL, 1 BLK). Myles Powell came up big once again for Delaware, posting 22 points and hitting 5 threes off the bench. Motor City, which was making its Playoffs debut in the franchise’s inaugural season, was paced by big man Cheick Diallo (25 PTS, 13 REB). Detroit Pistons assignees Saben Lee (16 PTS, 8 AST) and Luka Garza (14 PTS, 5 REB) were also key for the Cruise, while the G League’s assists leader Derrick Walton Jr. finished with 10 points, 8 assists, and 8 rebounds.

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