The Atlanta Hawks and the New Orleans Pelicans won the last spots in the North American Basketball League (NBA) play-offs on Friday, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers (101-107) and the Los Angeles Clippers ( 101-105), respectively.
In the last play-in games, the home factor didn’t work, for the first time, with the Hawks meeting the Miami Heat, winners of the Eastern Conference of the regular season, and the Pelicans with the Phoenix Suns, first in the West. .
In Cleveland, the locals dominated the first half, which they ended up winning by 10 points (61-51), but in the second, base Trae Young prevailed, who scored 32 points after the break, for a total of 38 in the meeting.
“I let my team down in the first half, I missed a few shots and we were trailing by 10. I knew I had to do something. I know how confident I am and I just made my plays,” explained Trae Young.
The Hawks’ baseman said that the team also wanted to win by Swiss pole Clint Capela (seven points and eight rebounds, in 13.28 minutes), who was injured in the first half and should be low for the ‘play-offs’.
Serbian Bogdan Bogdanovic, with 19 points, Italian Danilo Gallinari, with 14, and Kevin Huerter, with 12, also made important contributions to the Hawks.
In the home team, which has not been in the play-offs since 2018 and has not been able to do so without LeBron James since 1998, the best were Finnish Lauri Markkanen, with 26 points, and Darius Garland, with 21 points and nine assists.
In Los Angeles, the Pelicans came to lead by 16 points in the first half, but then were down by 13 (87-74) in the fourth period, before a final partial of 31-14, to win the first presence in the play-offs since 2017/18.
Brandon Ingram, with 30 points, with 14 on 21 on field ‘shoots’, six rebounds and six assists, led the outsiders, seconded by 19 points from CJ McCollum, 14 and 16 rebounds from Larry Nance Jr., and 14 from Trey. Murphy III.
For their part, Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris, both with 27 points, were the best of the Clippers, who accused the absence of Paul George, absent from the match after having entered the protocol of the covid-19.
The NBA play-offs kick off today, with four games, the first of which in Dallas, where the Mavericks, missing Slovenian Luka Doncic, are hosts to the Utah Jazz.
Source: Futebol 365 – Notícias by www.futebol365.pt.
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