Play-offs: LA Clippers force decision, Atlanta takes advantage over Philadelphia

Mathieu WARNIER, Media365, published on Monday June 07, 2021 at 00:31

In an intense Game 7, the LA Clippers got the better of Dallas (126-111) and join Utah in the semifinals of the Western Conference. On the Philadelphia floor, Atlanta went for victory in the first game of the Eastern Conference semi-final (124-128).

The Clippers finally took advantage of the home ground. In a series against the Mavericks in which the first six games ended in an away victory, the Californians went to seek qualification on their floor. The start of this “Game 7” of all dangers saw the two teams exchange the lead in the score but it was the teammates of Luka Doncic (46 points, 7 rebounds, 14 assists) who concluded the first twelve minutes. in front of the bulletin board. However, Tyronn Lue’s players tightened the game in the second quarter, flirting with the ten-point lead to regain their locker room by an eight-point margin. Dallas gave it their all when they got back on the floor at Staples Center and it paid off with a five-point margin five minutes into the break. It was then that Kawhi Leonard’s teammates (28 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists) accelerated and widened the gap thanks to a 21-2 in the space of six minutes to approach the last twelve minutes with a mattress of fifteen points. The Mavs, even led by 19 points, did not give up and the teammates of Kristaps Porzingis (16 points, 11 rebounds) gave everything to return to seven points with two minutes still to play. But, without trembling, Paul George (22 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists) and his family ensured with a 12-4 at the end of the game to win by fifteen lengths (126-111) and join the Jazz in half. final of the Western Conference for a duel between Nicolas Batum and Rudy Gobert!

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1st round

Western Conference

Match 1 – Los Angeles Clippers – Dallas Mavericks : 103-113
Match 2 – Los Angeles Clippers – Dallas Mavericks : 121-127
Match 3 – Dallas Mavericks – Los Angeles Clippers : 108-118
Match 4 – Dallas Mavericks – Los Angeles Clippers : 81-106
Match 5 – Los Angeles Clippers – Dallas Mavericks : 100-105
Match 6 – Dallas Mavericks – Los Angeles Clippers : 97-104
Match 7 –Los Angeles Clippers – Dallas Mavericks : 126-111
> Nicolas Batum (LAC): 11 points at 4/7 on shots (including 1/4 at three points) and 2/2 on free throws, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 against, 1 loss of ball and 1 fault in 42 minutes

Hawks strike first against Sixers

After Brooklyn, it was Atlanta that started the semifinals of the Eastern Conference victoriously. Traveling on the floor of Philadelphia, seeded number 1, the Hawks reversed the home advantage in the series. If, during the first five minutes, the teammates of Joel Embiid (39 points, 9 rebounds) were able to take up to three points in advance, they were no longer entitled to the city from there. Indeed, the Hawks took control of operations and, thanks to a 6-0, concluded the first quarter with a margin of fifteen lengths. A series that is extended from the first moments of the twelve minutes leading to half-time with an 11-0 to reach the biggest gap of the meeting, 26 lengths. The second quarter then saw the gap between the two teams oscillate between 16 and 24 points to stand at 20 lengths when they returned to the locker room. Trae Young’s teammates (35 points, 10 assists) maintained their lead above 20 points at the start of the third quarter but the Sixers began to react with a 7-0 in particular to return to fifteen lengths. But the alert was really sounded on the Hawks’ side in the last four minutes. It was, indeed, at this point that the Philadelphia players engaged with an 11-0 to come back to just three lengths, even closing the gap to just two points with ten seconds to go. However, two free throws from Bogdan Bogdanovic (21 points, 5 rebounds) allowed the Hawks to validate a valuable away success (124-128), which they will have to confirm this Tuesday.

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2nd round

Eastern Conference

Match 1 – Philadelphia 76ers – Atlanta Hawks : 124-128
Match 2 : Philadelphia 76ers – Atlanta Hawks June 8
Match 3 : Atlanta Hawks – Philadelphia 76ers June 11
Match 4 : Atlanta Hawks – Philadelphia 76ers June 14
Match 5 (if necessary): Philadelphia 76ers – Atlanta Hawks June 16
Match 6 (if necessary): Atlanta Hawks – Philadelphia 76ers June 18
Match 7 (if necessary): Philadelphia 76ers – Atlanta Hawks June 20

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