The Philadelphia 76ers season is officially over as the Miami Heat emerged 99-90 winners to secure a 4-2 series win and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
In front of their home fans, the Sixers needed to win to keep their playoff hopes alive, but a clinical second-half performance from the No. 1 seeds ensured Doc Rivers’ side would not continue.
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At halftime, the Sixers were just one point behind the Heat at 49-48.
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But when the game resumed, the Heat increased the pressure and beat Philly 25-15 in the third to extend the lead.
Despite an improved Sixers performance in the final quarter, it wasn’t enough as the Heat took the win.
Miami star Jimmy Butler was the star for the visitors, finishing with 32 points as Max Strus contributed with his own double-double.
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It was a night to forget for James Harden as he struggled to shoot and finished with a horrible second-half stat line.
Harden played every minute in the third quarter and took just one shot as a three-point effort was unsuccessful.
The star also turned the ball over twice, as Joel Embiid looked completely and utterly exhausted.
He also only took one shot in the fourth quarter which he also missed, ultimately failing to score a single point in the second half.
The Sixers moved to Harden in February and sent many valuable assets, including Ben Simmons, to the Brooklyn Nets as part of the deal.
Harden is said to have opted for his A$68million player option for next season, but he’s yet to really show his worth since joining the team and whether his latest playoff performance is anything to pass on. , the Sixers front office will have a lot to do. chew.
Social media was quick to criticize the 32-year-old’s offensive performance as he once again struggled to shoot in the playoffs.
LUKA’S MAVS SEND IT TO GAME 7
The Dallas Mavericks beat Phoenix 113-86 to extend their Western Conference semifinal streak to game seven.
In a win-or-go-home situation for the Mavs, star man Luka “Magic” rose to the occasion with a 33-point double-double, sending the American Airlines Center into a rapture.
The Mavs were in control from virtually the opening tip, winning the first quarter 28-25 before blowing the game out in the second quarter by a 15-point margin.
Although Luka was dominant, the scoring load was shared between the Mavericks – with three other players contributing over 15 points in a standout team performance.
Jalen Brunson was dynamic in the paint, scoring 18 points while Reggie Bullock himself contributed 19 points.
In more good news for Mavs fans, Spencer Dinwiddie put his shooting troubles behind him to go 5 of 7 from the field in a 15-point series.
There were few bright spots from Phoenix’s perspective, a dismal 22 turnovers to Dallas’ 6 was ultimately their undoing.
Key Offensive Threat Devon Booker was largely responsible for his team’s poor ball handling, contributing 8 turnovers and 4 fouls in one night to forget for the 4-time NBA All Star.
Meanwhile, Chris Paul had little wiggle room in the paint and returned the ball 5 times while picking up 5 personal fouls.
The Mavericks’ defense was nothing short of outstanding, limiting Phoenix to a season low of 86 points after holding them to 94 in Game 3.
Dallas scored 29 points on 22 turnovers and had 16 interceptions.
Interestingly, neither team has lost a single home game this series, with the series tied 3-3 heading back to Arizona.
ALL SHEET MUSIC
SIXERS 90 HEAT 99 (MIA wins 4-2)
MAVERICKS 113 SUN 86 (Series tied 3-3)