Basketball: The Bucks and Heat are about to finish, and the Hawks are on the brink


Milwaukee and Miami, the winners in Chicago and Atlanta, approached the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday in the NBA playoffs. Back in the game, Clint Capella stayed behind.

Clint Capella’s return (right) has been tough on the job.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, in MVP mode with 32 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists, solid title behind the arc (51.5%) and applied defense demonstrates the superiority of the Bucks, who got rid of (119-95) from the Bulls, for a 3-1 lead in their series. In the absence of Chris Middleton (knee), Junior Holiday (26 points, 7 assists) was an effective rebounder and a welcome X-factor replacement Grayson Allen, with 6/7 from long range (27 points, 3 steals).

“I have to trust my teammates. They know what to do. They can all make winning moves.” Giannis, the author of his 12th playoff with at least 30 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, commented “The games are easy when you move the ball,” commented Giannis, ahead On LeBron James (48) and Larry Bird (19).

The Side Bulls and Zach Lavigne (24 points, 13 assists) struggled to no avail, and DeMar DeRozan (23 points) couldn’t bleed as he hoped for another fate.

Discreet Capella

The result that applies even more harshly to Trae Young. The leader, the champion of Game No. 3 on Friday, with the winning “floater” (shot at the bell) four seconds from the bell, this time was choked (9 points on 3/11 in shots, 5 assists) by the Heat defense, winner (110 -86) with the hawks.

They were able to form Clint Capella, who has recovered from a knee injury, for the first time since the April 16 and regular season meeting in Cleveland. To make his comeback, the 27-year-old Genevan walked the floor for 21 minutes. A period of time that allowed him to score 2 points and 7 rebounds with a difference of -11.

Miami, which reached the final in 2020, was led by its leader Jimmy Butler, who was excellent on all fronts (36 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals), and Pam Adebayo and PJ Tucker both scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. The Heat, now leading 3-1, could finish on Tuesday in Florida.

Denver closes the gap

Earlier, the Nuggets came close to a “sweep” against the Warriors, before finally winning (126-121) to cut the difference to 3-1.

81 seconds from the end, 121-119 ahead after a shot from Stephen Curry, who has 15 of 33 points in the last quarter (8 assists, 4 interceptions), was saved by Nikola Jokic, in all good shots at the last minute.

The “Joker” (37 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists) tied first, before declaring to his teammates, on an opposition throw-in, that the ball would go to Andrew Wiggins (20 points). The plea heard Austin Rivers upon objection. Then he presented caviar to Will Barton, who did not fail to make champagne with three points.

Denver, who was also able to count on Monty Morris (24 points, 5 assists) and Aaron Gordon (21 points, 6 rebounds), led nearly the entire time, until Golden State returned in time, counting 17 units behind him. , following Klay Thompson, untenable (32 points, 7/11 behind the arc).

After three games on cloud ninth, Jordan Bull went down to the floor (11 points, 9 assists) and Draymond Green (13 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists) had a bad idea going off for six fouls, two minutes from the end. . the bell. Wednesday, the Warriors will attempt to finish at home.

New Orleans Tie

In the evening, the Pelicans were finally back at 2-2, thanks to their enviable success (118-103) at the expense of the Suns, due in large part to the impressive performances of Brandon Ingram (30 points) and Jonas Valanciunas (26 points, 15 rebounds). ), also contributed by C.J. McCollum (18 points, 9 rebounds).

Having been denied top scorer Devin Booker (hamstring), he didn’t have the same pace in attack and was seen, without Chris Paul (4 points, 11 assists) who couldn’t save the furniture as he had in the previous game. The best team of the regular season should regroup on Tuesday at home.

(France Press agency)

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