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New Orleans comes back to 2-2 in its series against Phoenix, after winning at home in Game 4, while Miami leads 3-1 after winning on the floor of Atlanta.

A third series at 2-2 in the Western Conference! After Utah and Dallas and Minnesota and Memphis, New Orleans and Phoenix are tied after Game 4. At home, the Pelicans won 118-103 against the No. 1 regular season team , and so there will be at least two more games in this series. Deprived of Devin Booker, hit in the hamstring, Phoenix lost its main offensive weapon, and New Orleans led for almost all of Game 4. If the gap was tight in the first half (+8 for the Pelicans at most ) and that the Suns even passed before when returning to the locker room (49-53), Willie Green’s men quickly regained the lead after the break and began to widen the gap at the end of the third quarter (84-76) in the wake of Brandon Ingram (16pts in this quarter), before definitely flying away in the last eight minutes, thanks in particular to a 12-0 (including 7 points for Jonas Valanciunas) to extend the lead to 101-85, which proved to be a deal breaker for the Suns. The Lithuanian was excellent during this meeting (26pts, 15rbds), and Brandon Ingram was just as good, with 30 points on the clock. Opposite, Chris Paul had to settle for 4 points (2/8 on shots) and 11 assists, while Deandre Ayton scored 23. The two teams will therefore meet on Tuesday in Arizona for a necessarily crucial Match 5. With or without Booker? Nobody knows yet.

Atlanta corrected by Miami

For Miami, on the other hand, it’s starting to feel good qualification. The Heat indeed leads 3-1 in its series against Atlanta, with two more home games, and a possibility of concluding on Tuesday. The Floridians went to win 86-110 in Georgia, after a match where the Hawks resisted for about twenty minutes (they even led 35-27 in the 16th) before completely cracking. Miami led 41-55 at halftime, then flew to lead 61-80 at the end of the third quarter and finally won by 24 points, the gap having even increased to +27. Jimmy Butler was huge again, with 36 points and 10 rebounds, while Bam Adebayo had 14 points and 8 rebounds. Opposite, Atlanta star Trae Young was completely suffocated by the Heat’s defense. The leader scored only 9 points, 3 out of 11 on shots (3/10 to 3pts). Only De’Andre Hunter exceeded 11 points (24) on the Hawks side. Finalists in the Eastern Conference last season, Nate McMillan’s men could well be on vacation as early as April this year…

BASKETBALL – NBA / PLAY-OFFS 2022
First round

Eastern Conference
MIAMI HEAT (1) – ATLANTA HAWKS (8): 3-1
Match 1 – Miami Heat – Atlanta Hawks: 115-91
Match 2 – Miami Heat – Atlanta Hawks: 115-105
Match 3 – Atlanta Hawks – Miami Heat: 111-110
Match 4 – Atlanta Hawks- Miami Heat : 86-110
>>> Statistics of Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (ATL): 4 minutes of play, 0 shots, 2 assists
Game 5 on Tuesday, April 26 in Miami
Game 6 (if necessary) on Thursday, April 28 in Atlanta
Game 7 (if necessary) on Saturday April 30 in Miami

Western Conference
PHOENIX SUNS (1) – NEW ORLEANS PELICANS (8): 2-2
Match 1 – Phoenix Suns –New Orleans Pelicans: 110-99
Match 2 – Phoenix Suns- New Orleans Pelicans : 114-125
Match 3 – New Orleans Pelicans- Phoenix Suns : 111-114
Match 4 – New Orleans Pelicans – Phoenix Suns: 118-103
Game 5 on Tuesday, April 26 at Phoenix
Game 6 on Thursday, April 28 at New Orleans
Game 7 (if needed) Saturday, April 30 at Phoenix

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