The Sixers were eliminated by the Jimmy Butler’s Miami Heat in six games (4-2) on Thursday, losing Game 6 of the second-round series 99-90 in a game that slipped away quickly in a catastrophic third quarter. And that opened the gates for the heat for the eastern conference finals.
Miami Heat is now into eastern conference finals and will advance to face the winner of the Boston Celtics-Milwaukee Bucks series, which the Bucks currently lead 3-2. NBA fans are excited about the winner of semi-final round winner of the eastern conference. Who will be going to face Heat in the final, which will be decided soon?
How the game was played
The game started inauspiciously, with Danny Green’s significant knee injury and Matisse Thybulle’s early foul trouble. Philadelphia battled enough to trail by only one point at halftime i.e. 48-49, but then the Heat got going.
Miami opened the second half on a 19-4 run and the Sixers never came close to making it a game again. By the middle of the fourth quarter, ESPN’s commentators were eulogizing the team, Philadelphia 76ers (Sixers) fans were leaving and the players were allowing some embarrassing offensive rebounds.
Old friend Jimmy Butler wound up leading the Heat in the series-clincher, finishing with 32 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Max Strus also continued a breakout campaign with a 20-point, 11-rebound, five-assist effort.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia’s centre, Joel Embiid shouldered a massive load and didn’t do much with it, posting 20 points on a ghastly 7-of-24 shooting and 12 rebounds, while James Harden (fear the beard) was far quieter than the team hoped with 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting, nine assists and four rebounds. Sixers fans didn’t expect Harden to go scoreless in the second half of the crucial game against Miami Heat.
Sixers ended their campaign by losing to Miami Heat in the semi-final round of the eastern conference. Though, throughout the tournament, they were favourites to be advanced to the final round if not winning the season (NBA 2021-22). Meanwhile, Jimmy Butler’s Miami Heat has made it to the finals of the eastern conference, and they will have to face the winner of the Boston Celtics-Milwaukee Bucks series, which the Bucks currently lead 3-2.
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