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The Bucks punch this season's first playoff ticket as the Raptors and the Bulls pull off thrilling escapes



ON TRACK. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks stay on course of their NBA title bid. Photo from NBA Twitter

MANILA, Philippines – Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks nailed a playoff berth this early after turning back the Los Angeles Lakers in a 131-120 victory that propped up their record to an NBA-best 48-14 slate.

The Toronto Raptors and the Chicago Bulls, meanwhile, hacked out thrilling wins on the same Friday night, March 1 (Saturday, March 2, Manila time). 

Kawhi Leonard knocked in the game-winner with 1.5 seconds left to lift the Raptors over the Portland Trail Blazers, 119-117, while the Chicago Bulls outlasted the Atlanta Hawks in a grueling four-overtime victory, 168-161. 

Game results

Milwaukee 131, LA Lakers 120  (READ: Bucks drub Lakers to lock up first playoff spot)

Toronto 119, Portland 117 (READ: Clutch Kawhi carries Raptors over Blazers)

Chicago 168, Atlanta 161 (4OT) (READ: LaVine scores 47 as Bulls outlast Hawks in 4OT)

Boston 107, Washington 96 

Charlotte 123, Brooklyn 112

LA Clippers 116, Sacramento 109 

New Orleans 130, Phoenix 116