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Blazers, Hornets can cap comebacks, Raptors also can advance

Last time they came home, Portland and Charlotte were still just trying to win a game.

This time, they're looking to win a series.

After engineering big turnarounds with three straight victories, the Trail Blazers and Hornets will be playing for spots in the second round when they host Game 6s on Friday night.

The tough part for them, as Clippers coach Doc Rivers says, is not getting too caught up thinking ahead with the opportunity they have.

"It's hard to keep your focus in closeouts," Rivers said. "That's typically why Game 7s are played so well, because no one is thinking about it anymore."

Portland can knock out Rivers' Clippers,...