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Opinion: Ranking the 5 best performances to begin NBA playoffs

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This weekend officially marked the start of the 2017-18 NBA playoffs, with all eight Game 1 matchups now in the books.

The league's brightest stars mustered huge stat lines for the most part, but not everyone was able to get their teams over the hump and jump out to an early series lead.

Of those who enjoyed the sweet taste of victory, here are the five strongest individual performances we've witnessed over the past few days.

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