Miami Heat shock Boston Celtics, Thunder crush Pelicans in NBA playoffs

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Thunder destroyed the Pelicans in the West while the Heat set a franchise playoff record with 23 3-pointers against the Eastern favorite.

Miami Heat shock Boston Celtics
Miami Heat shock Boston Celtics

The Miami Heat stunned the top-seeded Boston Celtics in their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal match by making a ton of three-pointers, tying the series at 111-101.
With Jimmy Butler out due to injury, eighth-seeded Miami rallied on Wednesday to square the best-of-seven series at one game apiece. The teams will return to Florida for game three on Saturday.
As part of a balanced offensive effort that saw all five Heat starters score in double figures, Tyler Herro led the Miami scoring with 24 points.

However, Miami’s long-range shooting accuracy proved to be the difference in the game as they made 23 of 43 three-pointers to Boston’s 12 of 32.

Herro made six three-pointers, and Caleb Martin added five more to his 21-point total.
Along with Bam Adebayo, Jaime Jaquez Jr. ended with 14 points, Nikola Jovic with 11 points.
Jaylen Brown scored 33 points to lead Boston, while Jayson Tatum finished with 28 points in a losing effort.

Given that Miami was destroyed by Boston by 20 points in the first game on Sunday, which Herro said inspired the Heat for game two, the victory was all the more surprising.
“Everyone responded tonight after we lost badly in game one, and that’s all you can ask for from a group of guys,” Herro remarked following the game.

Miami, who hopes to repeat their playoff run from the previous year, when they advanced to the NBA Finals after competing in the play-in round, displayed yet another characteristic act of defiance.
Herro declared, “We don’t even want to talk about last year; this is a whole new year.”
Meanwhile, Boston’s Jayson Tatum stated that following their easy victory in game one, the Celtics had anticipated a reaction.

Tatum stated, “We knew it wasn’t going to be easy.”
These two franchises have a rich history together, particularly in more recent times.

 

 

Oklahoma City Thunder 124-9 New Orleans Pelicans

Oklahoma City, Boston’s Western Conference rivals, had no such issues while the top seeds in the Eastern Conference were left licking their wounds.
With a decisive 124-92 beating of the eighth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans, the top-seeded Thunder seized a commanding 2-0 lead in their first-round series.
Early in the first quarter, the Thunder gained the lead and never looked back. They maintained a double-digit lead from the second quarter onward, and late in the fourth quarter, they even scored 34 points.

Oklahoma City’s top scorer, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, finished with 33 points on 13 of 19 field goals.
Jalen Williams contributed 21 points, while Chet Holmgren added 26. Luguentz Dort scored 15 points, 4 of which came from three-point range.
The outcome was very different from the first game, which was close until the very end before Oklahoma City won 94-92 on Sunday.

Gilgeous-Alexander said in a while, “inside a seven-game collection, we’ve just were given to take it each day and try to get better every day.”
And I believe we carried out that action tonight. Our objective is to improve upon our performance from game one, which we did with certainty. Thus, we’ll accept it.

 

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