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Playoffs: Miami Heat Secure Eastern Conference Final Spot

The Miami Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 99-90 to record a 4-2 playoff series win and a place in the Eastern Conference finals.

Jimmy Butler recorded 32 points and Max Strus added 20 points and 11 rebounds in the Heat’s victory.

“Jimmy is a great competitor,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Butler. “I think he’s one of the ultimate competitors in this profession. So I think a lot of things get lost in translation. As this league sometimes gets younger, I think it ends up being about some things that are not about winning.

In the Western Conference, newly crowned MVP Luka Doncic led the scoring with his 33 points helping the Dallas Mavericks to a 113-86 victory over the Phoenix Suns to tie up their series at 3-3.

The game to decide the winner of the tie will take place in Phoenix on Sunday.

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Teams playing at home have won all six games so far this season.

Aside from his 33 points, Slovenian star Doncic also recorded 11 rebounds, eight assists and four steals in a comfortable victory for his side.

According to NBA player stats, his tally meant he has scored more than 30 points for the third time in the series, while he has provided more than 25 points in all six games.

“For me, this team is special,” said Doncic. “These are great guys and we play hard and we help each other, so that’s what gives me hope.”

The winner of the Mavericks and the Suns will play either the Golden State Warriors or the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference finals. The Warriors lead that series 3-2.

In the Eastern Conference finals, Miami will play either the Milwaukee Bucks or the Boston Celtics.

The Bucks, who won the NBA title last season, lead their play-off series 3-2.

“We’re not scared of anybody,” the Heat’s Butler told ESPN. “Everybody has been prepared for this all year.”

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The Miami Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 99-90 to record a 4-2 playoff series win and a place in the Eastern Conference finals.

Jimmy Butler recorded 32 points and Max Strus added 20 points and 11 rebounds in the Heat’s victory.

“Jimmy is a great competitor,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Butler. “I think he’s one of the ultimate competitors in this profession. So I think a lot of things get lost in translation. As this league sometimes gets younger, I think it ends up being about some things that are not about winning.

In the Western Conference, newly crowned MVP Luka Doncic led the scoring with his 33 points helping the Dallas Mavericks to a 113-86 victory over the Phoenix Suns to tie up their series at 3-3.

The game to decide the winner of the tie will take place in Phoenix on Sunday.

READ MORE: Ten Hag: I Will Bring Back The Glory Days

Teams playing at home have won all six games so far this season.

Aside from his 33 points, Slovenian star Doncic also recorded 11 rebounds, eight assists and four steals in a comfortable victory for his side.

According to NBA player stats, his tally meant he has scored more than 30 points for the third time in the series, while he has provided more than 25 points in all six games.

“For me, this team is special,” said Doncic. “These are great guys and we play hard and we help each other, so that’s what gives me hope.”

The winner of the Mavericks and the Suns will play either the Golden State Warriors or the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference finals. The Warriors lead that series 3-2.

In the Eastern Conference finals, Miami will play either the Milwaukee Bucks or the Boston Celtics.

The Bucks, who won the NBA title last season, lead their play-off series 3-2.

“We’re not scared of anybody,” the Heat’s Butler told ESPN. “Everybody has been prepared for this all year.”

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