Toronto Raptors open the first round of the NBA playoffs aginst the Washington Wizards

The NBA Playoffs Have Never Looked Better

The beauty of basketball's biggest stage.

The NBA playoffs are in full gear, providing basketball fans with a steady stream of dominating performances, rim-rocking dunks and unbridled emotion. It’s dazzling, it’s dramatic, and it’s visually amazing. See for yourself.

BACK SPLASH Ezra Shaw/Getty Images BACK SPLASH Stephen Curry came back with a bang, dropping 28 points in his 2018 playoff debut. OVERSHADOWED Mark Blinch/NBAE/Getty Images OVERSHADOWED Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas battles with Cavs' Tristan Thompson in the series opener. MASKERADE BALL Maddie Meyer/Getty Images MASKERADE BALL Joel Embiid shields his eyes during a Game 1 loss to the Celtics. TO THE RUSS-CUE Zach Beeker/NBAE/Getty Images TO THE RUSS-CUE Trailing by 25 points in the third quarter of Game 5, Westbrook led the Thunder to an epic comeback victory to stave off elimination. COLD BLOODED Gregory Shamus/Getty Images COLD BLOODED LeBron James had ice in his veins in Game 5, sinking the Pacers with a buzzer-beating three pointer. COURT VISION Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images COURT VISION Ben Simmons shined throughout the 76ers' 4-1 series win over Miami. IT'S A HARDEN PARTY David Sherman/NBAE/Getty Images IT'S A HARDEN PARTY James Harden scored 22 of the Rockets' ridiculous 50 third-quarter points against Minnesota. JAZZ ENSEMBLE Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images JAZZ ENSEMBLE Vivint Smart Home Arena was electric for Utah's Game 4 victory. GREEK GOD Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images GREEK GOD Another game, another gigantic Giannis Antetokounmpo dunk, this time over Al Horford in the Bucks' thrilling Game 4 victory. JUST ANOTHER MANU SUNDAY Ronald Cortes/Getty Images JUST ANOTHER MANU SUNDAY Ginobili sparked the Spurs past the Warriors to stave off elimination. STARRY-EYED Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images STARRY-EYED With 46 points and 12 rebounds, it was hard not to stare at King James in Game 2. MILWAUKEE'S BEST Stacy Revere/Getty Images MILWAUKEE'S BEST Giannis Antetokounmpo was all business before Game 3 against Boston. 3'S THE CHARM Mitchell Leff/Getty Images 3'S THE CHARM Don't dim the lights just yet. 36-years-young Dwyane Wade's 28 points powered Miami to a series-tying victory. GI AIN'T HEAVY, HE'S MY BROTHER Boston Globe via Getty Images GI AIN'T HEAVY, HE'S MY BROTHER Give Giannis Antetokounmpo a hand — the Greek Freak went for 35 points and 13 rebounds in Game 2's losing effort. CAST OF CHARACTERS Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images CAST OF CHARACTERS Philly looked focused before Game 2, but couldn't complete the home sweep. BEARD OF PREY Bill Baptist/NBAE/Getty Images BEARD OF PREY The Rockets soared past the Timberwolves in Game 1 behind James Harden's 44 points and eight assists. JAM SOLO Mark Blinch/NBAE/Getty Images JAM SOLO Delon Wright throws down as the Raptors rolled to a Game 1 win over the Wizards. THUNDER STRUCK Zach Beeker/NBAE/Getty Images THUNDER STRUCK Oklahoma City lit up the scoreboard in the series opener. GREEN LIT Maddie Meyer/Getty Images GREEN LIT The Celtics got a colorful introduction before Game 2 against the Bucks.