The Sun and the Mavs in the West, the Sixers in the east-the field of participants in the conference semi-finals of the NBA play-offs gradually fills up after the Golden State Warriors, the Boston Celtics, the Miami Heat and defending defender Milwauke Bucks had enforced.
Doncic narrowly past the triple double
For the Mavericks, the advancement against Utah Jazz after a 98: 96 thrillers’ victory in Salt Lake City means the first win of a series since the championship of the Nowitzki team – the current head coach Jason Kidd was support of the then team in 2011. Luka Doncic played nerves and narrowly missed a triple double on 24 points, nine rebounds and eight templates. Maxi Kleber only turned three of his seven attempts and came to seven points and six rebounds.
“It’s great. I’ve really needed it. We have learned a lot in recent years,” said Doncic to the TV station TNT after the fourth victory in the sixth duel with jazz, whose protagonists Mike Conley and Rudy Gobert with eleven or ten Points left something to be desired. So Donovan Mitchell (23 points) was often on his own, while Doncic knew on his side with Jalen Brunson (24), Spencer Dinwiddie (19, four threes) and Dorian Finney-Smith (18/10).
“Hopefully the topic is now done,” said MAVS coach Kidd at the end of the black play-off series and praised the team’s attitude: “We are not a shrill troop. We don’t have many big names,” said Kidd. But the players trusted his plan: “They do their job.”
“CP3” meets 14 of 14
Three against one is not enough: Chris Paul turned the Pelicans off the rooster. Getty Images
In the semifinals, the Mavericks now meet the best team in the main round, the Phoenix Sun. The title favorite had prevailed 115: 109 against the New Orleans Pelicans and also made it 4: 2 after Siegen to the semi -finals of the Western Conference.
The Suns, who were able to build on the last injured Devin Booker (13 points in 32 minutes), had long difficulties and in the third quarter of twelve points in the third quarter. Chris Paul then increasingly took the initiative and met all 14 throws out of the game. No player in the history of the play-offs had previously succeeded. He ended the evening with 33 points against the team, which once drafted him and in which he had played in the league for the first few years.
Sixers turn seventh game
The Philadelphia 76ers around Joel Embiid (33 points, ten rebounds), Tyrese Maxey (25, five threes) and James Harden (22, 15 Assists) previously completed the semi-finals in the Eastern Conference. The over -clear 132: 97 at the Toronto Raptors brought the fourth victory in the sixth game and made the series perfect against the Miami Heat. Against the best team in the main round from the east, the 76ers start with two away games. In the other semi -finals, defending champion Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics around German international Daniel Theis face each other. The home advantage in this series is with the record champions from Boston.