Sixers retire without blood! The Miami Heat advance to the Conference Finals thanks to Jimmy Butler

The Miami Heat became the first team to book a ticket to the Conference Finals. In Game 6 of the Philadelphia 76ers, the Heat won 99-90 for a strong Jimmy Butler thanks to a dominant second half.

Miami is in the conference final for the sixth time under head coach Erik Spoelstra, and for the second time with Jimmy Butler as the franchise star. The striker scored 14 of his 32 points (13/29 FG, 8 rebounds) in the third quarter as the Heat were able to break decisively away (25:15). In addition to Butler, Bam Adebayo (10, 5/5, 8 rebounds) and Max Strus (20, 6/13, 11 boards) were convincing, PJ Tucker (12, 6/9, 9 rebounds) showed a good second 24 minutes.

After a decent first half, the Sixers did not do much together. James Harden (11, 4/9, 9 assists, 4 TO) took only two shots in the second half and did not get a point, Joel Embiid (20, 7/24, 12 rebounds) looked completely exhausted and was hit by the heat defense worn down during the game. Tyrese Maxey (20, 9/24) and backup guard Shake Milton (15, 6/8) were the most likely to defend themselves against the impending elimination.

The match started with a shock for the hosts, da Embiid fell on Danny Green’s legs after three minutes. The attacker could only leave the field with the help of the supervisors, it is probably a serious knee injury. The failure particularly affected the Sixers’ space, as Matisse Thybulle now took his place. For Heat, on the other hand, Strus sprayed danger from the outside, the guard, like Butler, had 9 points after twelve minutes. The Sixers originally remained tuned (25:28).

This was mainly due to Embiid, who now drove everything, but who also looked tired in the middle of the second episode. After a few minutes Her (r) o Ball, the guests also got hold of themselves, there were clips and open threes. From a Sixers point of view, it was positive that Harden’s three fell and “The Beard” could relieve a bit. Miami still led 49-48 into the break.

Jimmy Butler takes on the Miami Heat in the third quarter

After that, however, the cases swam away from the Sixers. Miami’s defense was amazing especially Bam Adebayo vs Embiid, Butler took over at the other end and gave the Heat their first double-digit lead of the evening. Philly scored just 4 points over seven minutes, Miami made 19. Milton gave the hosts a small push with 7 points in a row, so Philly still had a small chance before the final section – 74:63 Miami.

The hosts just did not really seem to believe it anymore. Turnovers, airballs, weak body language – in the hall most had already given in to fate, seven minutes before the end, when Miami had extended the lead to 17 points, the first fans left their seats.They should not miss much more, Heat played with more passion, a better system and won deservedly. “Let’s Go Heat” was shouted at, and the Sixers players were bubbling with the remaining fans.

Miami is now awaiting their opponent in the series between the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks, with the Bucks leading 3-2. The Heat expect the winner of the duel on Wednesday night (2.30 in the morning) for match 1 in the conference final.

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