On Tuesday, Memphis led Minnesota 111-109, with a thrilling breakout just a second ahead of Ja Morant, to take a 3-2 lead in the fencing.
The Grizzlies’ goalkeeper shone offensively with 30 points (18 of them in the fourth quarter), 13 rebounds and nine assists, and also starred in one of the most amazing post-season plays with a massive dunk on Malik Paisley to close out the game. a fourth.
Morant rescued his side unable to prevent a 109-card equalizer with a hat-trick from Anthony Edwards just three seconds after the final whistle, after a play designed to perfection by coach Chris Finch.
The guests took a 13-point lead with 9:38 left and inspired Karl-Anthony Towns well, who found no competition in the Memphis defense.
However, the Grizzlies closed spaces well and tightened the attack to go 32-17 unresumed in the last 10 minutes and score a decisive victory.
Along with Morant, Desmond Bunny (25 points and four rebounds) and Brandon Clark (21 cartons, 15 balls captured under hoops and three assists) emerged as the winners.
For his part, Towns (28 points, 12 balls collected near the boards) and Anthony Edwards (22 units) stood out at the Timberwolves.
The Phoenix Suns, the top seed in the Western Conference, got back on track with a 112-97 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans to advance 3-2.
Michael Bridges led the way for Phoenix with 31 points and five rebounds, while point guard Chris Paul added 22 boards and 11 assists. For the Pelicans, Brandon Ingram scored 22 points, Christian James “CJ McCollum” had 21 and Puerto Rican Jose Alvarado (12).
Without superstars Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry, the Miami Heat beat the Atlanta Hawks 97-94 to seal the Eastern Conference commitment 4-1 in their favour.
Veteran Victor Oladipo stood out in the Heat’s attack with 23 points, supported by Pam Adebayo’s 20 points and 11 turns, Tyler Hero, who scored 16 points, Max Strauss (15) and Caleb Martin (10).
Adebayo was the author of the decisive basket that set the board 97-94 with a dip of four seconds from the final whistle.
For the Hawks, De’Andre Hunter scored 35 points and his scoring star Trae Young tightly controlled the Heat’s excellent defense scoring just 11 points.
Kevin Hunter and Italian Danilo Gallinari contributed 12 points to Atlanta.
The Miami Fives advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals and will now face the series winner between the Philadelphia Sixers and the Toronto Raptors, who favor the former 3-2.
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