Miami was the first team to qualify for the NBA Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday. The Heat defeated Philadelphia 90-99 to take a decisive fourth victory against the Sixers.
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Jimmy Butler led the visitors to the qualifier (4-2) with 32 points and 8 rebounds. On the other side, strong holders Joel Embiid (20 points, 12 rebounds) and James Harden (11 points, 9 assists) did not have a great evening.
Miami will face defending champions Milwaukee or Boston in the final battle of the eastern conference. The Bucks lead 3-2 and can secure a final ticket in front of their own audience on Friday evening.
In the semifinals of the Western Conference between Phoenix and Dallas, there will be a decisive seventh game. The Mavericks beat the Suns 113-86 on Thursday-evening to equalize 3-3.
Slovenian Luka Doncic was, as so often, the stronghold at Dallas. He scored 33 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Phoenix, the best team in the regular season, has the home advantage in the decisive last game on Saturday.