Philadelphia 76ers Secure Spot in Second Round of Playoffs
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The Philadelphia 76ers have secured their place in the second round of the playoffs, after sweeping the Brooklyn Nets with a series score of 4-0. The 76ers secured their fourth victory in the series last night, with a final score of 96-88 on the road.
A Dominating Performance by Tobias Harris
Tobias Harris led the 76ers to victory, finishing the match with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Nic Claxton, of the Brooklyn Nets, also had a strong performance with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
In a post-game statement, 76ers player James Harden said(via ESPN), "Obviously, today was big for us so we can get Big Fella healthy. That's priority No. 1."
Phoenix Suns Inching Closer to Second Round
The Phoenix Suns are also close to securing their place in the second round, currently leading the LA Clippers 3-1 in the series.
Despite the Clippers taking the initial 1-0 lead, the Suns have won three in a row and are now just one win away from advancing. In their 112-100 victory last night, Kevin Durant had a standout performance with 31 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Miami Heat Take the Lead Against Milwaukee Bucks
The Miami Heat have taken a 2-1 lead against the Milwaukee Bucks, after securing a 121-99 victory last night. Jimmy Butler was a key factor in the win, finishing the match with 30 points.
Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra stated, "It was a great win, but when you see a player go down like that — especially a player like Vic who's gone through so much in the last three years ... that's definitely not a good feeling."
LA Lakers Take the Lead Against Memphis Grizzlies
The LA Lakers have taken a 2-1 lead against the Memphis Grizzlies, after securing a 111-101 victory last night.
The Lakers were led to victory by Anthony Davis, who finished with 31 points and 17 rebounds, and LeBron James, who had 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 9 assists. In a post-game statement, James said, "I don’t need to make statements.
We just wanted to play well, and we got a win." Despite James's strong performance, the night was overshadowed by an ejection 17 seconds into the second half, after Memphis player Brooks struck James in the groin.
Memphis Grizzlies' Morant Makes Strong Return
In his return from a one-game absence due to a sore right hand, Memphis Grizzlies player Morant scored 45 points.
In a post-game statement, Morant said, "In that fourth quarter, I was just trying to win the game. Got it going pretty good, making shots, and just couldn’t get it over that hump." Despite the strong individual performance, the Grizzlies fell to the Lakers in a 111-101 loss.