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Butler, Adebayo cheer the Heat to a Series 6 win over the Knicks to reach the East Finals

Butler, Adebayo cheer the Heat to a Series 6 win over the Knicks to reach the East Finals

Andrew LopezESPNMay 13, 2023, 03:35 a.m3 minutes to read

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MIAMI – In the locker room after winning Game 4, Miami Veteran forward Kevin Love Reporters that when the game nears, the Heat knows who’s going — Jimmy Butler And Bam Adebayo. Friday night game six, it was these two players who carried the Heat to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight season.

Butler scored 24 points and eight rebounds while Adebayo had 23 points and nine boards as the Heat defeated his team. New York Knicks 96-92 to win the series 4-2.

Butler knocked down a pair of free throws with 14.4 seconds left to help freeze the game as the Heat thwarted any Knicks comeback attempt.

With the win, the Heat became the second No. 8 seed in NBA history to reach the Conference Finals. The only other team to achieve this was the 1998-99 Knicks, who eventually reached the NBA Finals that season.

For the Knicks, a loss means they haven’t yet reached the Conference Finals since 2000. The only other teams in the NBA that haven’t reached the Conference Finals are Washington Wizards (1979) and Charlotte Hornets (never).

This is the Heat’s seventh conference finals under Erik Spoelstra, who captained the team in 2008-09.

New York jumped out to a 31-17 lead but the Heat held the Knicks scoreless over the final 2:40 of the first quarter to halve that margin heading into the second. After the Knicks started the second quarter with a 3-pointer lead Galen BronsonThe Heat answered with a score of 13-2 to take the lead in A.J Bam Adebayo He dunked at the 7:48 mark, drawing a timeout from Tom Thibodeau and ending Bronson’s brief time off the bench.

Miami led 51-50 at halftime and didn’t trail in the second half.

When Hit defeated Milwaukee Bucks In Game 5 to win the first round series, they trailed by as much as 16 points. That makes Miami only the second team in the past 25 years to clinch multiple series in a single postseason with 14 extra points coming back in the clinch. The game, to join in 2019 Portland Trail Blazersaccording to ESPN Stats & Info.

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