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Jimmy Butler helps Heat eliminate 76ers, reach East finals

PHILADELPHIA — Jimmy Butler scored 32 factors and waved “bye bye” to the Philly crowd as he despatched the Miami Warmth into the Japanese Convention finals with a 99-90 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night time in Sport 6.

The Warmth will play the winner of the Milwaukee-Boston collection. The defending champion Bucks lead that collection 3-2, with Sport 6 on Friday night time in Milwaukee.

The Warmth reached the convention finals for the second time in three seasons, once more with Butler main the cost. Philly followers — and plenty of contained in the 76ers group — nonetheless can’t imagine the franchise let Butler get away after the 2019 season. He didn’t fiddle and scored 14 factors on 6-of-9 taking pictures within the third quarter when the Warmth used a 16-2 run to take management.

Joel Embiid, the NBA scoring champion, scored 20 factors for Philadelphia on 7-of-24 taking pictures.

Jimmy Butler and the Warmth eradicated the 76ers in six video games.
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Coming off a 35-point victory in Sport 5, the Warmth wore down a battered Sixers group. Embiid regarded gassed as he gamely tried to hold the Sixers. He had little elevate and had a pull-up jumper blocked by Bam Adebayo within the third.

The Sixers parted with Butler largely as a result of they selected Ben Simmons over him. Simmons was sad and compelled a commerce this season to Brooklyn for James Harden. Harden, a three-time scoring champion, was presupposed to shoulder the load with Embiid for a potent postseason push. Harden as a substitute all however disappeared within the playoffs. He had a improbable Sport 4 at dwelling in opposition to Miami however in any other case was a turnover machine. When he misplaced one other ball that led to a Warmth bucket and an 80-63 lead within the fourth, the Sixers had been booed off the courtroom.

Harden scored all of his 11 factors within the first half. He had 4 turnovers and 4 baskets.

Few in Philly would give The Beard a passing grade.

Coach Doc Rivers implored his group to “battle for this!” within the huddle in the course of the fourth. The 76ers simply fell flat.

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James Harden and the 76ers had been eradicated from the playoffs by the Warmth.
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The Warmth are thrilled with an NBA championship nonetheless in play. Max Strus had 20 factors and 11 rebounds. Even one other abysmal night time from 3-point vary — Miami missed 21 of 28 makes an attempt — didn’t matter.

Embiid once more gutted out a postseason recreation in his masks (proper orbital fracture) and with torn ligaments in his proper thumb after he was solely cleared to return final week from a concussion. He held the again of his head after he knocked it on the courtroom after a fall late within the second quarter. Embiid nonetheless performed 22 minutes within the first half and scored 14 factors.

Embiid missed the primary two video games of the collection as he recovered from the concussion. The Sixers misplaced each video games in Miami. Would a wholesome Embiid have made a distinction? Perhaps not however it’s nonetheless one other sudden finish to the All-Star cornerstone who has but to style a convention remaining.

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