The usual Phoenix quarterback leader Paul played only 23 minutes due to personal error problems, for which he managed five points, five rebounds and seven assists. The Suns thus recalled last year’s finals with their second defeat, when they also won two opening matches against Milwaukee, but then lost four in a row and lost the coveted title.
“It simply came to our notice then. We went to the sixth game with the Lakers, Clippers, Bucks and this year with New Orleans, so we know that the series is still open, “said Devin Booker, who held the battalion of the defeated team with 35 points. He was seconded by Jae Crowder with 15 points and the young pivot Deandre Ayton with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
In the end, the Mavericks didn’t even mind that Luka Dončič hit a single three out of 10 attempts and a total of nine out of 25 shots. He collected 26 points, 11 final passes and nine bouncing balls. In addition, Dorian Finney-Smith, who scored eight threes and 24 points, shone his career highs in the playoffs.
“When I had five threes in my account, Luka leaned over and told me that there would be a few more. When Dončič tells you this, you understand that it will really end like that, “said Finney-Smith, who was one three behind the club record in the playoffs, which is held with nine goals by Jason Terry from the winning year 2011.
The Mavs helped with the victory with 20 threes out of 44 attempts, the Suns turning only nine of them. The hosts forced the guests to lose 17, so they survived their dominance under the basket (50:32). The match was marked by an incident, after which the organizers had to bring out one of the fans, who touched Paul’s mother at the field.
James Harden scored 31 points in Philadelphia’s victory over Miami’s number one Eastern Conference. He scored sixteen points, including four threes, in the last quarter, added nine assists and seven rebounds. Recovering from an orbital injury, Joel Embiid added 24 points and 11 bounces.
“I don’t think we played our best basketball,” said Embiid, who missed the opening two games of the series precisely because of a facial injury and a concussion. The Sixers were seconded by Tyres Maxey with 18 points, and the team kept their opponents in seven transformed threes out of 35 attempts. Tobias Harris scored 13 points.
Harden’s awakening helped negate Jimmy Butler’s big evening, with the Heat star scoring 40 points. Butler scored at least 40 points in the playoffs for the fourth time and overtook LeBron James in club history. Bam Adebayo scored 21 points, Victor Oladipo 15 and Tyler Herro scored 11 points and 10 bouncing balls.
“We had a good position. We just didn’t change them, “lamented coach Erik Spoelstra. Once again, the experienced Kyle Lowry was worried, who did not hit 17 of the last 20 triple shots in this playoff. Now he has remained at six points and seven records, after hitting only three shots out of 10 and no three out of six.
The fifth duels of both series are played on Tuesday in Miami and Phoenix.
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