NBA Playoffs: Dallas and Philadelphia come back to match Phoenix and Miami … The summary of Sunday night

Everything is restarted in the NBA playoffs. Dallas, with a close-knit team around Luka Doncic, defeated Phoenix (111-101) on Sunday May 8 to tie the game at 2-2 in the Western Conference semi-final. For its part, Philadelphia, winner of Miami (116-108), thanks to James Harden and despite Jimmy Butler, does the same in the Eastern Conference.

A second victory for Dallas

The Mavs knew their Slovenian prodigy Luka Doncic could not do miracles on its own. It was the lesson of the first two meetings, finished with 45 and 35 points for Doncic, but with two defeats at the end. It is therefore at the cost of a new collective effort that they were able to chain a second victory, Sunday against Phoenix (111-101).

“The team has been amazing. Everyone who comes in leaves everything on the pitch,” welcomed Luka Doncic who, as in Game 3, had 26 points (seven rebounds, four steals). Despite a weak 9/25 in shooting and a starving 1/10 at long distance, he trusted his teammates more (11 assists), who were worthy of it, like Finney-Smith, author of eight baskets winners (out of 12) who scored 24 points. Dallas smothered Phoenix in the first quarter, concluded 37-25, with eight award-winning banderillas already. There will have been 20 in total (out of 44 attempted).

Phoenix, the best team in the regular season, therefore did not find the way to force their destiny. One of its leaders, Chris Paul, was absent, which is rare enough to report (five points, seven assists). He was sent off on the sixth foul, collected nine minutes from time.

James Harden has (finally) taken charge

In Philadelphia, a bearded man came out of his box and it had been a long time since we had seen him at such a party. “The Beard,” James Harden, secured victory for the Sixers against Miami on Sunday by scoring 16 of 31 points (nine assists, 7 rebounds), including four baskets behind the arc, in the final quarter.

Criticized for his offensive performance below expectations, since his arrival in Pennsylvania three months ago, Harden has perfectly taken over from leader Joel Embiid, whose undermining work occurred earlier in the game (24 points, 11 rebounds).

For his second match in masked avenger mode since his fractured right eye socket, the Cameroonian, finalist for the MVP trophy, confirmed his rise to power, delivering a tough duel against Bam Adebayo (21 points , seven rebounds), who responded well after missing Game 3.

“Philly” led almost all the time, counting up to 14 lengths in advance, but the Heat often made the accordion in the score, guided by their leader Jimmy Butler, who had the hot hand (40 points, to 13/20, six assists, two blocks). But Miami, like Kyle Lowry (0/6, 6 pts) and Tyler Herro (1/5, 11 pts), was too clumsy behind the arc (7/35) to hope to win.

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