NBA Sixers advanced to the conference semifinals with 4 wins, LA Clippers 1-3 on the precipice
The Philadelphia 76ers, third seed in the East, advanced to the conference semifinals first.
The 76ers메이저사이트 (Sixers) defeated the home team Nets 96-88 in Game 4, which continued at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on the 23rd (Korean time), despite center Joel Embiid missing, and advanced to the second round with a 4-game win. The next opponent is the winner of the second-seeded Boston Celtics (2-1)-Atlanta Hawks.
It is the first time the Sixers have advanced to all four games in the first round of the conference since the days of forward Julius Irving and center Moses Malone in 1984-1985. The Sixers scored a whopping 58 more second-chance runs in their four-game series against the Nets. It is the most since the 1996-1997 season in PO history.
Power forward Tobias Harris filled Embiid’s void with a 25-point, 12-rebound double-double. He made 11 of 19 field goals. Guard James Harden made his teammates shine with 11 assists and -17 points.
Embiid missed Game 4 with right knee pain. Currently, the trip to the first leg of the conference semifinals is also uncertain. “Right now, we don’t know how much rest he will need,” said manager Doc Rivers. The Sixers were frustrated in the conference semifinals for the second year in a row.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers, whose small forward Kwai Leonard suffered a knee injury for two consecutive games, lost consecutively at home to the Phoenix Suns and was driven to the precipice with a record of 1 win and 3 losses.
In Game 4 of the first round of the Western Conference, Phoenix scored 61 points, including power forward Kevin Durant with 31 points and shooting guard Devin Booker with 30 points, beating the Clippers without Leonard and Paul George (knee). Phoenix also scored more than 60 points in two consecutive games, including Durant’s 28 points and Booker’s 45 points in Game 3.
The Durant-Booker duo is the first time in PO history that Phoenix has scored more than 60 points in two consecutive games.
Point guard Russell Westbrook, who was released by the Utah Jazz during the season, played an active role with more than 30 points in two consecutive games, but the Clippers could not exceed the shots fired by the Phoenix duo at every critical moment. Westbrook led the team’s offense with 37 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, and 30 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists in Game 3.
Driven by the elimination game, the Clippers will move to Phoenix on the 26th to play Game 5.