(the) best of (an odd number)

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(the) best of (an odd number)

A victorious outcome determined by the person or team who wins the majority of an odd number of games (three, five, seven, etc.). I love the Stanley Cup Playoffs more than other sports championships because the fact that's it's the best of seven means a team can have an off day but still rally to win the whole thing. A: "Fancy playing a round of tennis." B: "Sure! Best of five?"
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the best of ˈthree, ˈfive, etc.

(especially in games and sports) up to three, five, etc. games played to decide who wins, the winner being the person or team that wins most of them
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It doesn't matter best of three, best of five. And playing best of five is a big advantage for the best players, and Sascha is one of the best players.
Divisional Play-offs (best of five).- Game 1: Minnesota 2 Oakland 3, Detroit 4 New York Yankees 8, San Diego 1 St Louis 5.
Instead of a set being best of three games (21 points up) games will from Monday be decided by the best of five games (11points up).
The championships will be the first of the ETTA Grand Prix series to use the larger 40mm ball, which came into force in England on July 1, as well as the new experimental scoring system of the best of five games up to 11 points, as opposed to the best of three games up to 21.
This pair have never played over the best of five sets, but three of their previous encounters over the best of three went to deciders and in one of those the make-up was 35.
After taking a 2-0 lead in the best of five semi-final, Dunthorne then clinched a final spot for the third year in succession by compiling a stunning 75 break to complete the whitewash.
The 10-time French Open winner is also hoping he is ready to return to competitive action despite stating it would have been better to play best of three sets rather than best of five, which is the format the Davis Cup follows.
"No, probably will be better to come back in the best of three sets, not best of five sets," Nadal was (https://www.express.co.uk/sport/tennis/942106/Rafael-Nadal-Spain-Davis-Cup-prediction-Philipp-Kohlschreiber) quoted as saying by the Express .
The IPTL was set up by ex-doubles specialist Mahesh Bhupathi and the matches will be over the best of five sets, with each set to be played in a different format.
Each match is over five sets with each set the best of five legs.
However, at Wimbledon we play seven matches, all best of five sets, but at the Olympics we play five matches and only the final is best of five," ESPN (http://www.espn.co.uk/london-olympics-2012/sport/story/162321.html) quoted Federer as saying.
HUDDERSFIELD's snooker and billiards championships have now reached the quarter-final stages, and the draws (with a closing date of Sunday, March 28) are: SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP Third round (best of five frames) - L Landa (Lindley WMC) v C Norclife (Syngenta), B Quinlan (Police SC) v K Ellis (Broad Oak BC), T Liversidge (Golcar Con) v C Hawkins (Meltham Con), R Read (Lindley WMC) v D Poutney (Lower Hopton).
Each match will be decided on the best of five games of nine points each.
Leicester are hoping that Darling can improve upon ex-coach Dave Harris's 12th place this season - a performance that cost the former Leicester star his job.NBA.-Play-offs (best of five): Detroit 79 Atlanta 63 (Atlanta lead 2-1), New York 97 Miami 73 (New York lead 2-1), Portland 103 Phoenix 93 (Portland win 3-0), Sacramento 84 Utah 81 (o/t, Sacramento lead 2-1).